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It was one of the largest disappointments ever.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Senior Associate in Berkeley, CA
Former Employee - Senior Associate in Berkeley, CA

I worked at MSCI

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Doesn't Recommend

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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growth by Cost Cutting

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    Global office presence. Strong brand in Indices and Risk. In general nice people, talented people will not stay for long.

    Cons

    Expenses are scrutinized heavily and make it a barrier for being productive.
    Middle management is ineffective, too many meetings, too much posturing, less real effective work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While there is good communication by the CEO, execution by middle management is lacking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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