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Put your money where your mouth is.

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Berkeley, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Berkeley, CA

I have been working at MSCI

Pros

Good vacation: 4 full weeks. If you are a diligent worker, should feel secure in your position. Commute is easy with BART. Name recognition within the industry, looks good on the resume. Company does sponsor CFA studies and test taking. Work hours are reasonable. Good place if your background is physics or financial analysis. If you are a researcher, it is a really good place.

Cons

As a software developer in a finance oriented company, you are treated like a commodity. The company is actively pursuing offshoreing, outsourcing, whatever you want to call it. Upper management seems only focused on increasing the perception of value to investors, while neglecting the nuts and bolts of the everyday operations. Famous quote from the CEO: "In real estate there are three essential things: location, location, location. In our business, it's data, data, data." But many employees are left wondering why the actions dont match the words. Not much feeling of comeradery or team/company spirit.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't kill the golden goose. You cant downsize and offshore your way to success. Stop thinking like an investment banker, and start thinking like a leader. People probably dont really expect corporate leadership to be totally honest, so stop trying so hard to convince us of that.

No opinion of CEO

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    Visibility is the key

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)

    I worked at MSCI

    Pros

    There were lots of talented people, and decent work environment. Good benefits and work life balance.

    Cons

    It is the Kingdom of politics and backstabbing. Senior management interested only in processes. Middle management is of the poorest quality and self absorbed. If you are part of the clique the MSCI old timers you have a shot at career progression. And please don't even think you criticise, God you are too negative and they will punish you when it come to bonus. When it comes to promotions all is based on how you are visible inside the company or how well you have shmoozed with somone senior who will sponsor you, not on performance. The company doesn't take care of people who work hard and are loyal. When they hire new people the pay market rate, even if it means that it will be 30/40% more than someone who has been there and has done year on year a really good job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much advice to the management. It would be like asking a political class to reform itself. Not a chance!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Big IT Shop - with poorly managed staff; REACTIVE and not PROACTIVE approach followed by Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Associate in Mumbai (India)

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1. Great Pay
    2. Competitive benefits
    3. Free culture - can walk up to any senior management person without hesitancy
    4. Decent budgets provided for team-activities every year
    5. Cool Office interior

    Cons

    1. Work/Life Balance is a challenge for some roles
    2. Implicit hierarchy even within same position titles
    3. Career growth not possible within same team, as employees are treated as resource. No structured training apart from soft-skills training available.
    4. Model of Implementers and Managers is followed across the board. This leads to gap in terms of setting timelines for projects etc. Lack of transparency.
    5. Majority of Managers are based out of developed countries [e.g. US], while most of implementers are based out of developing countries [e.g. India], leading to delay in decision making process due to time-zone differences.
    6. Peers seem to be rather incompetent as compared to other workplaces.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. While taking decisions related to employees, in terms of team structure, work pipeline, etc., it would be good if there existed a dialogue instead of monologue treatment followed by managers to employees.
    2. At times, management has not been so transparent in laying out plan for upcoming months/year short-term or long term. This leads to lack of clarity for work pipeline or company plans going ahead for employee.
    3. Personally, I have found management to be quite reluctant on taking stand or backing own employees at right times.
    4. Manager ego takes over employee interests, and favoritism should be avoided while making promotion decisions; it should be merit-based.
    5. Senior management recognize you in the firm by the number of people you manage under you. Higher the count, higher the value for senior management. I'd rather advise to focus on quality as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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