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Dysfunctional, toxic environment with good people and opportunities for learning

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Former Employee - Vice President in Berkeley, CA
Former Employee - Vice President in Berkeley, CA

I worked at MSCI

Pros

The company offers a tremendous opportunity to learn about the investment management business, especially on the analytics side (the old Barra). If you're in an outward-facing role, you'll also get excellent access to money manager clients (i.e., future employers). On the day to day level, you get to work with smart people and do interesting work, often in a collegial atmosphere.

Cons

Unfortunately, the company is a dysfunctional organization that rewards unconditional allegiance, especially at higher levels. The result is a lot of emphasis on upward management, a lot of energy wasted on polishing appearances. Most of the sales force is pretty clueless about Barra products.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Good luck.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    You'll succeed if you are very good at butt kissing and do what you were told.

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    The cooperative environment with colleagues.

    Cons

    Management blames underlings for failure. No incentive to improve business processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take leadership role seriously

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Put your money where your mouth is.

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    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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