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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.

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214 Other Employee Reviews for MSCI (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Very Good Exposure at work + Satisfied Professional life (Includes Pay + Work-Life Balance)

    • 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

    Its been 1.5 Yrs for me in MSCI.

    1) Good Leaders (Managers) - Help to explore & strengthen your capabilities.
    2) Clear Goal Settings - Help to achieve your EOY tasks.
    3) No unwanted pressure at work.
    4) Lots of Individual contributor - Make you feel not to worry much about designations.
    5) Good Pay master - Anytime better than the competitors.

    Cons

    1) Could be open to new technologies rather than having few old in-house codes.
    2) On-Call Duties should be compensate with some allowances.
    3) Promotion discussions should be transparent and happen on time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid making frequent changes in team re-organization which sometime slow down the pace of work and individuals goals at work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great employer, offers a friendly work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Vice President in Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico)

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

    Pros

    Great Salary and Benefit. Excelent Work-Life balance.
    I highly recommended this company to work for. Very smart people.
    Nice offices and excelente location.
    Good reference for future career.
    Offers interaction with international clients and colleagues.

    Cons

    Improve the Home Office policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase training budget.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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