Institutional Shareholder Services

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Institutional Shareholder Services Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
20 Reviews
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20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Was a temporary research analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Institutional Shareholder Services as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    People were great and always willing to answer questions
    Compensation was good
    If you are interested in corporate governance/executive compensation, this is a good place to learn

    Cons

    -While the work-life balance is good for the most part, once season kicks in, you are expected to work weekends

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Learned a lot but company is a dead-end for career advancement.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot about corporate governance, in particular executive compensation and say-on-pay, both of which are key issues in today's world.

    Cons

    Company has been bought and sold way too many times in the past few years, and each time the change has been handled very poorly. It is also the antithesis of a meritocracy, in that those who perform the best are rewarded with more grunt work while those who play the "corporate political game" seem to do well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management sorely needs to place a greater emphasis on an on-going program of training and development. Also, management has historically allowed an "old boys network" to form so that those who are newest to the firm (e.g. those with perhaps the freshest perspective on operational and/or product improvements) are minimized.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Monotony Defined

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you really care about corporate governance, it is a great place to learn about the industry. The work itself is easy, just busy during proxy season (April through June). If corporate governance is not your thing, there are very few pros overall. Management doesn't really know/care what anybody is doing so you can get away with coming in late, leaving early, and taking 2 hour lunches, so that's nice. And working from home is available, another plus.

    Cons

    This is not the kind of place to build a career. No opportunities for advancement, very monotonous work. I don't understand how anyone can be a lifer there. Maybe a year or two after undergrad but they're bringing people in from law school, I can't imagine a worse way to put my law degree to work. And there is no opportunity (as an analyst anyway) to make any significant impact on policy, it's all just handed down from above, follow the established paradigm, over and over. Very little learning beyond the initial getting up to speed phase, no real growth in the position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some way to give meaningful work to analysts, not busy work or useless projects, but some way to feel like they can make a real contribution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent opportunity to learn about corporate governance and executive compensation policy.

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Institutional Shareholder Services as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Young, energetic colleagues from all over the world. Strong, well-organized IT capabilities.

    Cons

    Seasonal work assignment. Limited variety in work activities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Weak management

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's the 800 lb gorilla for corporate governance.

    Cons

    The management team hasn't recognized the world has changed and has passed them by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what the market needs and provide that as a way to grow the business. Price reductions don't grow businesses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work, excellent training, and plenty of opportunities to network.

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

    I have been working at Institutional Shareholder Services as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get a great opportunity to work in investment advising, with a group of people who are really committed to each person's individual success as well as the success of the team. Even with the occasional weekend hours during busy season, the environment is still positive with everyone working together to create a polished product.

    Cons

    Having to work late nights and weekends, but that's not too often and is manageable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Worst Company Ever

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time

    Pros

    It's hard to think of any pros. This place will suck the life out of you and make any company you work for afterwards seem like a dream. The only good thing I can think of about working here is the vacation you get, because you get to be away from the company.

    Cons

    The management team is incompetent, demeaning and immature. They don't know how to resolve conflict, and HR doesn't have the slightest clue what to do about it. You will never hear from management unless you do something wrong. There are no rewards for doing a good job. Favorites are selected and promoted. If you're not in the right clique or don't suck up to the right person, you're not moving up. They make you work 80 hours a week for several months out of the year, and it's expected of you, because you're "salaried." They dangle promotions in front of you to make you work harder, but they never actually give them to you. The bonuses are an absolute joke, as is the salary. They hire recent graduates who have no idea what the working world is like, drain them for a few years, and then replace them with new graduates at a lower salary. This is their entire business model. You will learn a lot in the first few months, but the learning curve ends very quickly. Be prepared for cattiness and office politics. The conflicts of interest that are imbedded in this company is beyond ridiculous, with numerous family members and married couples working together or managing each other. I can honestly say the day I left this company was the happiest day of my life. What a miserable experience!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some management courses on how to actually manage. Be a role model for your employees. You can't expect them to behave a certain way if you act like a child. Take some sensitivity training as well. You need to build up your employees, not beat them down until they do what you want.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The Right Hand Doesn't Know What the Left Hand is Doing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time

    Pros

    The health benefits aren't terrible.

    Cons

    They will allow you to be exploited, without being paid accordingly. Senior management forces their cultures and values on the entry-level employees, while practicing none of the values themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach, stop speaking to your entry-level employees as though they're kindergartners, and pay your employees fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to learn a lot. Supportive management team.

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    Current Employee - Vice President Research in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Vice President Research in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity learn continually and make a difference

    Cons

    Competitiveness of Compensation / work-life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Inflexible management

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

    I have been working at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The place has a good work life balance and relaxed staff

    Cons

    management is a joke and does not seem to understand what is going on in the company. Most people dislike their boss, and since the take-over there are a lot of problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retrain management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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