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Helpful (1)

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

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

Good luck.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Relaxed work atmosphere, undemanding schedule, good for someone looking for a 9 to 5 job.

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Analyst in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at MSCI

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    OK compensation, good benefits, 4 weeks paid vacation, flexibility with telecommuting if desired, consistent 9 to 5 schedule, no long hors outside of proxy season, relaxed work atmosphere.

    Cons

    No sense of purpose for where the company is headed, few growth prospects, little to no skill development, generally static work environment, lots of bureaucracy, lots of busy work and work for the sake of work; the fact that the industry is small leaves long-term employees at a disadvantage seeking positions elsewhere, because the skill set is unique and does not easily apply to other fields.

    Advice to Management

    Transition issues are understandable given the recent string of acquisitions and restructuring. More of a problem is the lack of vision communicated to employees. Lots of fancy words about growth and change don't make up for the fact that priorities are not communicated to employees. If someone is asked to work on a project, it is necessary to communicate what the end goal is: who will see the project, and how the company and/or the department will benefit. This is not the case. Projects come up one after another, with little of direction or purpose; because of a missing compass of priorities, useless but urgent projects often take precedence over more important ones.

  2. Helpful (2)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The cooperative environment with colleagues.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Take leadership role seriously

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