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Opaque, systematic, and creatively stifling

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Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA

I have been working at MSCI

Pros

Fair work/life balance at lower levels, though I understand more senior levels have less flexibility. Collegial with fellow analysts, systems that provide for some efficiencies of scale. Opportunity for my work product to have some vast impacts on products.

Cons

Lack of cultural investment in outside-the-box thinking and employee engagement. "Efficiency" as a buzzword for systematic removal of creativity. Highly controlled environment with emphasis on making every peg fit in the round hole. One way communication from management, lack of transparency.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Especially after the acquisition of RiskMetrics, MSCI strongly underestimated the cultural issues of fusing a creative and less bureaucratic workforce with a systematic, autocratic approach. As such, many legacy employees are left disgruntled, and existing employees are frustrated. Engagement with employees is the only way to effectively understand their value. Ultimately, management would have to either 1.) change the culture at the firm if it values the more creative aspects of its industry, or 2.) remove employees who have cultural differences.

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    It was one of the largest disappointments ever.

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    • 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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