MSCI Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
Henry A. Fernandez
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance - all-nighters are uncommon; (in 24 reviews)

  • Some very smart people at the top of their games doing some great work (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Very-very weak middle and senior management (in 16 reviews)

  • Aggressive offshoring to emerging market cost cutting strategies with no evaluation in its effectiveness (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Investing in your business is investing in your people

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great. Plenty of interesting work to do so there is always a way to demonstrate skills and get ahead.

    Cons

    They have been outsourcing for years and have kept pay in the US offices stale for many years. Teams are dispersed across the globe so your work day can be stretched too. People are overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Investing in your business means hiring new people AND giving raises to the people who already work for you. You have great people who work for you who you have invested so much in and who have invested so much in the company. Forcing these people to leave because you don't give modest raises seems shortsighted.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Endless politics and paranoia

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    New products and the market is good, so easy to try things out on clients.
    Some of ineffective senior managers have left.

    Cons

    A lot of hurdles. Your basic jungle. A lot of mistrust and secrecy, especially from head office. A lot of unprofessional behavior there and other offices. Home offices face unclear future. People have survived in their shaky roles by charming the visiting management executives, and otherwise just partying when the king is gone. And targeting co-workers. A lot of the people can't easily work anywhere else. What a mess.

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying and try harder


  3. Helpful (2)

    Ongoing Decline. A lot of hanger ons.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Earlier great product.

    Earlier great teams.

    Cons

    Chaotic design, Aging Data. Company basically shops for other parcel companies to buy and outsource most jobs.. Then rides those combined earnings while trying for challenged fits to older, decayed structure. Really political. Terrible long term office management. Clashing cultures. Office management historically incompetent. Paranoid. Just likes to complain and party. And single out talented individuals who demonstrate greater popularity. Or basic competence. Managers with school affiliations ridiculously protected. Hugely dysfunctional. Some of the crazy unqualified managers have actually removed themselves. But it's a horrible place.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Spinning

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be collegial and respectful. Maybe it's going back to that in some areas but not very consistent. Pay ok but not very competitive.

    Cons

    Terrible team dynamics. A lot of jungle like extreme guarding, in largely aloof settings. Loads of long-term secrecy and targeting. Even king and queen-bee designates thoughout the offices. Often hard to just do a consistent meeting. Groups can be challenging to keep. software development scattered for a mostly software firm. Culture clashes and downright tyrannical upper management. Career Paths can be nebulous at best, unless one is responsible for controlling unit budget. This means if your work can be out-soourced or held to minimum wage gain, it will be. The managers, no matter how competent, are encouraged and even rewarded to do that. And in strange ways over years. So it's not surprising that the labor force very troubled. And not supported very much. Meetings are mostly for going through the motions. With often uninformed members who just stay around for the next party. Nothing wrong with socializing for team building, but we can do a lot more work. Even basic office processes create tension, with a kind of lazy, moody Facilities direction. Newer groups, like some of clients from recently acquired firms, can easily get just bewildered by a lack of professionalism. Dialogues absolutely not two way streets.

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying for more definition and clearer goals. With measurable results. This can probably best be done by spending more time with not just the protected officers but employees at large. Find the truly motivated and stable senior AND junior staff.


  6. Helpful (2)

    OK, if you can check your personal life and sense of decency at the door.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits. Very interesting domain, at the intersection of finance, analytics, software, and data. Opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in the finance industry.

    Cons

    Fairly toxic work environment, unless you appreciate a culture of stepping on those beneath you and sucking up to those above you. CEO has anger management issues (in fairness, it may be a Wall Street thing) which sets the tone for other senior executives.

    Advice to Management

    While I'm pretty sure that upper management has little interest in advice from former employees, I'd suggest viewing employees as valuable, intelligent assets to the company rather than interchangeable and outsourceable resources. Or not. They seem to enjoy the way things are...


  7. Helpful (1)

    Smart people, innovative products, dedicated client service, poor work culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Independent work, diverse, highly motivated and creative people, a long career for top talent. Good vacation and holiday time. Really values clients.

    Cons

    24-7 weeks, little respect for personal time because you need to be available across global teams during your day and theirs. Can be very political internally.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees as people, show a human side.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Uncertain future for US offices

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

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

    Pros

    - Capable, smart, driven, and nice people
    - At times can contribute to cutting edge research
    - Good benefits

    Cons

    - The firm has been outsourcing jobs and so the future US positions is uncertain.
    - Salaries have been stale in the US offices for years.


  9. worthwhile

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    interesting domain, friendly people, lose structure allowing you to take things in your hands, if you have initiative and proved yourself you can easily pick up new tasks and grow,
    fresh wave of energized executives from GS pushing for improvement and changes in personnel

    Cons

    bit too much chaos, projects dispersed around the globe demanding 24h availability for meetings,
    lost a lot of experienced key employees, and left with either too junior, or too senior ones which do not know what to do.

    Advice to Management

    if you want to work globally you must plan globally. Keep replacing stagnant/useless executives.


  10. A good company to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at MSCI

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    MSCI is a leader in the risk management and index business.
    The company has been growing steadily via strategic acquisitions.
    Management is very approachable and open.
    Benefits are attractive.

    Cons

    There is limited potential for professional growth and there are not that many perks for employees. Also, the tendency is to lead people into becoming very specialized in a specific area, to the point where certain groups seem isolated form the rest of the business units.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Hectic but rewarding

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at MSCI

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging job and worked with a group of very smart individuals. Company planned some fun team building events such as "Fun Day" and "Friday drinks"

    Cons

    Upper management can be a bit tricky and people are overworked. Too many things going on and not enough resources.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make sure you have appropriate resources in order to complete the jobs without rushing them out the door.



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