MSCI Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
203 Reviews

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Pros
  • Great work-life balance - all-nighters are uncommon; (in 21 reviews)

  • Some very smart people at the top of their games doing some great work (in 14 reviews)


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

  • One person expected to perform the duties of several employees or an entire team because of cost cutting (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Opportunity to work with knowledgeable people in a fast paced environment, but at a cost.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at MSCI full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There exists the ability to grow your role within the firm. Managers within the firm recognize talent and people who think outside the box, and have the patience to teach and train which opens the door to greater responsibilities and promotion along with comparable compensation.

    Cons

    High pressure and demanding environment that can erode a good work-life balance, also, upper management with a keen eye to the bottom line looks to transfer what jobs they can to less expensive markets overseas.
    At times management does not examine thoroughly long term effect with respect to some of the decisions that are made including those in personnel. A more reactive than proactive environment is often the case here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More thoroughly evaluate choices about staffing changes with respect to how it will effect the company long term, especially when integrating acquisitions. Knowledge is a key component to success. If you remove people with great knowledge of process and products, overtime erosion will occur in performance and quality. My advice is be proactive rather than reactive. Take more time to review before making choices.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Greed yand hectic culture

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    Current Employee - Executive Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at MSCI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some smart people around.
    Competitors aren't much better.
    Dynamic culture. Lots of aggressive managers, male and female.
    It's like Wall Street without the big bonuses

    Cons

    Too much greed. Comp doesn't reward hard work nor results. Or is it only top management who gets well paid?
    Career upside is only for sales people
    Hectic. TOO MUCH politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stock price isn't a culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company, weird culture, YMMV

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at MSCI full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    some interesting work being done, flexible work schedule, low stress

    Cons

    weird culture because of many acquisitions, terrible computing infrastructure, business is facing tough competition, internal politics is huge and firm really needs to be structured to align different business groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    my managers are pretty good for the most part. by your mileage may wary since there are some bad managers that i have heard about

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Reasonable salary; Difficult to grow or advance into more sophisticated roles

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at MSCI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Easy hours; Reasonable comp; Pleasant office / environment; Friendly people; Get exposure to many investment organizations using indices and analytics tools

    Cons

    Bureacracy; Difficult to advance into other roles; Top management insistent on cost cutting; Consolidation; Acquiring the competition; Outsourcing technical positions to cheaper countries; Top management not technical enough to appreciate how software is developed; And feels hiring 3 foreigners is better than 1 person in NYC

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate how software is built and don't outsource all technical positions; Software & data at the end of the day is what MSCI sells; Producing these should not be viewed as requiring commodity employees anywhere in the world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    terrible place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at MSCI full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good benefits.
    Can be a good place to start career

    Cons

    Way to corporate.
    No clear career path. Very bureaucratic. Several levels of management, talent is not promoted.
    People underpaid and overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't be stingy. Not all work can be done overseas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Usual corporate atmosphere with better than usual benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at MSCI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - There are great benefits at MSCI. Women get 16 weeks of maternity leave and men get 2 weeks of paternity leave. There are discounts to local gyms, yoga in the office, etc...
    - Office has amazing views.

    Cons

    - Usual politics
    - A lot of staff in "emerging market centers" where salaries are low
    - Focus on sales people and not much career growth for non-sales positions
    - Management is out of touch with junior level employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    satisfied

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    Working to collaborate across businesses, learning a lot from colleagues, open to smart ideas

    Cons

    outsourcing jobs is a concern

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    MSCI is changing for the better

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    The company has a very strong braintrust among its employees and does a good job attracting talented people (many employees have advanced degrees, impressive backgrounds at others companies and overall are very bright). The culture is pretty relaxed, but everyone works hard - probably around 50-60 hours a week.

    Mid-level managers are empathetic that career paths at the company are opaque, as they face same advancement problems.

    Senior management has copped to being aware of general dissatisfaction with the way the company is structured/run in the past and just completed their company-wide engagement survey. The onus is on them to take action in response to employee feedback.

    Cons

    The company has difficulty keeping its most talented employees - it's efforts to consolidate a leading market position in investment support related businesses has not been flawless and created tension both internally and with some of MSCIs clients. How this will affect the reputation and performance of the company in the future yet to be seen. Prepare for another big bout of turnover after the 2012 bonuses are declared.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working hard towards realizing the synergies from the acquiring your last chunk of companies (ISS, Riskmetrics, FEA, Measurisk, etc) and maintaining the service quality our clients are accustomed too.
    Pay your top performers generously so they stay at the company.
    Be open to employee feedback
    Let the management teams do business their way

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong performance, run by tyrant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at MSCI

    Pros

    Big compensation
    Fast growth
    Interesting business
    Riskmetrics adds new dimension to it

    Cons

    CEO is off the hook
    Management team operates as a clique

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the management team to run the business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    good for old boys club, not good for anyone else

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at MSCI

    Pros

    Good office locations, good benefits, access to leading edge financial research, access to clients where you can network. Indices business is a cash cow.

    Cons

    MSCI strategy to create shareholder value is to build low cost operations in low cost countries like India, Mexico, Budapest and Oklahoma. There is a lack of trust in staff. Onerous process driven culture inhibits creativity. Seniority resides with former Morgan Stanley guys who have no new ideas and aren't going anywhere. Overall it's a depressing environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees, empower your employees and create a vision to where the company is going strategically.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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