MSCI Reviews

Updated July 27, 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 (1)

    Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mostly nice, smart people. Good benefits, relaxed atmosphere, job security, great people.

    Cons

    Like every company there always things that can be improved. Cost cutting aggressively.

    Advice to Management

    The promotion cycle is not ideal. Talented people leave the firm because of lack of motivation. Greater focus on talent development


  2. A decent place

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    Current Intern - PMA Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Intern - PMA Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn. MSCI's products are widely used in the industry. Yu get to connect with various industry professionals

    Cons

    Could get monotonous. Management is disorganized. A better structure is required to better manage accountability for specific tasks. Sales jobs could get very self centric. Little teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    Your dream of One MSCI is far from getting achieved. Your team of professionals is too concentrated on the products/areas they have been working on so far and no one is making any effort to become a true on-msci professional.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Senior Associate

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. An office with a view. Smart colleagues.

    Cons

    excessive internal politics. A broken performance evaluation system. Cliquish management.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    heading downward

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    job growth possibilities if you live in mumbai or manila; if based in dev market will gain exposure to other cultures when you train your eventual replacement

    Cons

    new ideas are stifled or stolen by managers. no risk is worth taking in case it goes wrong, no one wants to be holding the bag. firm is focused on cutting costs, paying the c-suite, and milking revenue from clients. promotions are part random part based on kissing up to clueless management


  6. Helpful (2)

    MSCI

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    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good work life balance people are friendly, flat structure

    Cons

    Very poor comp Terrible managers Too lean CEO is not respected/not a good leader


  7. Helpful (2)

    Worked as VP in the firm

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Process driven company, strictly managed, solid index business

    Cons

    Way too much outsourcing to overseas, high tension in the firm, poor management on the analytics business lines.

    Advice to Management

    Less outsourcing, value the employees, give the life back to the employees


  8. Great and growing company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working with a global team. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of internal career mobility.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Too much politics

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart and hard working employees,

    Cons

    politically motivated management. Condescending supervisors

    Advice to Management

    Rid itself of inside politics


  10. Helpful (6)

    Don't work here

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, bonus and benefits

    Cons

    Lousy management team, cheap, unproductive work space, smart people who should stick to their jobs and remember they are not qualified to tell other people how to do their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO should clean house -- starting with his direct reports.


  11. 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
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MSCI full-time (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 Management

    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.



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