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It was one of the largest disappointments ever.

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Senior Associate in Berkeley, CA
Former Employee - Senior Associate in Berkeley, CA

I worked at MSCI

Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

Salary and benefits package were pretty good. Co-workers were very helpful and liked to share knowledge.

Cons

Middle to senior management left so much to be desired. Friends were promoted or favorites, instead of those actually working. Often times, junior members on the team were left on their own to figure out things instead of getting explanation or guidance from more senior members.

Advice to Management

I noticed most of the senior management that was in place when I worked there have left. Their job titles and apparent roles had changed quite a bit. I would advise the current management to value their employees and listen to their ideas.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Has Problems Keeping the Good, Eventually will downsize the Bad, expect the Ugly.

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at MSCI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Access to Franchise Risk Models and Software used professionaly in Asset management..
    Collegiate environement.
    Develop knowledge of requirements for supporting Financial Quant Research.
    Starting Entry level salary good with decent benefit package.
    It had franchise value on the resume but not so much anymore.

    Cons

    High Turnover rate due to
      Failure to promote.
      Top Performers rarely compenstated.
      Wallstreet Hours for non-wallstreet pay.

    Inept Middle/Senior Management rarely fired and rewarded only for cost cutting rather than productivity improvement

    Lack of Job Security given Mgmt pursuing cost-cutting outsource strategy.

    Cultural difference stemming from MSCI buyout of Barra. Led to a mass exodus of people in Berkeley to other firms. The brain drain didn't help much in terms of morale.

    Can't imagine what the RiskMetrics Buyout will be like.

    There is only one Aegis.

    Advice to Management

    Create a strategy to retain junior/entry level employees via Career Ladders or better compensation arrangements.
    Possibly create a rotational program for entry level canditaes

    Save money by laying off Senior Managers who don't understand the infrastructure and its requirements rather than Outsourcing.


  2. Helpful (6)

    You've been warned

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at MSCI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    4 weeks paid vacation
    flexibility to telecommute when needed
    good work/life balance
    work can be challenging
    opportunity to work with smart people

    Cons

    poor morale and high turnover
    heavy cost cutting
    lack of direction and vision from management
    no career path and training
    not compensated or rewarded for accomplishments
    no accountability

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and compensate them accordingly. A continental breakfast a couple of times a year and your words of praise are meaningless and often more insulting than motivational.


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