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3 people found this helpful  

I would make more money as an assistant manager at Walgreens

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

I have been working at MSCI

Pros

Adequate vacation time to help you forget how miserable your job is.

Cons

My primary issue with MSCI is its financial abuse of its employees. Compensation is inhumanely low, no matter how well the company's stock is doing. The company must assume that its employees have extremely low expectations and zero ambition to find other jobs.

Senior management above VP level is completely uninspiring and has no interest in helping employees advance in their careers. There are still a few outstanding employees left at the company but it seems they too are trying to leave ASAP.

Don't apply for a job at MSCI; working at the company will take many precious years off your life and will likely drain any savings you have as salaries often don't increase from year to year, not to mention the cost of therapy needed as your feelings of self-worth will surely plummet. Oh, and good luck paying off those college loans...not going to happen in this decade.

If you need a visual illustration of what life at MSCI is like, watch the movie Misery (or read the book), and imagine that you are Paul Sheldon and MSCI is Annie Wilkes. This will provide you with a sufficient portrayal of MSCI's strategy of luring its employees in with its innocuous appearance, followed by the unflinching "hobbling" that it systematically conducts on each employee.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Management cuts overhead to an obscene level and still can't turn a solid profit (should I laugh or cry about this?). Time for a new strategy -- perhaps invest in Walgreens?

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A lot of politics as the Barra side is not growing and keep losing clients

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at MSCI

    Pros

    It still have a reputation in the industry, a well-known firm

    Cons

    no career growth opportunity in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on revenue and growth, but not personal agenda

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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