MSCI Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director 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. a great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Fast-paced, intense, flexible, work-life balance

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs, slow comp growth

  2. A challenging and rewarding place to work. Strong culture of excellence, but always changing.

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management is smart and dynamic, leading to constant growth and new opportunities. The firm has a strong brand, which gives current and former employees credibility in the marketplace.
    As a global organization there are ample opportunities for collaboration across cultures and time zones.
    Local offices often develop their own entrepreneurial culture in the context of a larger organization.

    Cons

    Pressure is high, and often change can disrupt career plans. Change happens often.
    Little to no perks. Only MDs get offices. Almost Spartan cost culture.
    The legacy of being part of Morgan Stanley in the investment business is extra security and control on internet access and personal communications. Not quite as bad as working for a broker/dealer, but still pretty bad.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the employees you already have. They know the business better than newcomers and should be compensated for it.

  3. Walls Street Retirement Community

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Subscription business and content producer

    Cons

    Products and services are not innovative

    Advice to Management

    Slash the bloated management overhead

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  5. MSCI was built by hard-working and intelligent people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Products offered are top notch, excellent benefits for employees, wonderful working environment, collaborative culture, lots of subject matter expertise

    Cons

    Top heavy management, people constantly overreaching their experience/expertise, poor accountability, limited opportunities for mobility

  6. Worked as VP in the firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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

  7. Great and growing company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working with a global team.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of internal career mobility.

  8. It's a good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSCI

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

    Pros

    The working time is casual and free. You have enough vacations as well.

    Cons

    High level political competition is severe. And the money is as high as those hedge fund company.

  9. Employee of predecessor company, Riskmetrics

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSCI

    Pros

    May have changed post acquisition, but not recommended.

    Cons

    Lack of transparent salary scale or path for advancement.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Always shuffling and rarely rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI

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

    Pros

    Some occasional interesting innovation. Index part strong but facing competition

    Cons

    Very unstable with a lot of mistrust. Middle management paralyzed by fear of senior management. A huge disfunctional family. Especially when systems are troubled. Which leads to more troubles. Managers are afraid to tell upper managers of problems. And some managers even use a system problem, which occurs with growth usually, to exploit junior staff in weird political power stances and clannish contexts. There's a long history of such cases. Because no real communication with remote management is allowed, and most managers fear the wrath of distant so called supervisors. Ranging from the programing struggles to client trainings to travel services. Clear examples of far away or else unavailable and brutal management not wanting to deal with whole picture,so unfairly holding back or just punishing lower staff who are working just as hard, if not harder than some of the higher levels to rally solve the problems. Their field "managers" don't really want or know to solve problems. We just can't get anywhere anytime fast, and the useless big outsourcing just makes it all worse. A crippling circle. Especially with newer product and basic office management. And those hard working staff who try to bring issues to far away attention have only been smacked down, never encouraged. Certainly not rewarded. You can only survive and move ahead here if you really like getting slapped or if connected to the cronies in some weird way..

    Advice to Management

    Open up. Keep a few more staff in u.s. Make it safe for staff, and reward those who really do the work.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Employees treated poorly - High turnover

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Most of the late nights/all-nights can be handled from home. Vacation days are generous.

    Cons

    High turnover is a problem. This company cannot keep good people because they treat them so poorly, like promoting people with "dry" promotions (you take on the responsibility, but you don't get the title or the pay). They only promote once a year, so anyone who takes on a new, bigger job, has to perform the job for a year before there is any chance of promotion. Then, many times, the promotion still doesn't come. I hate to admit this, but I see this especially with women,who are rarely promoted - and frankly, rarely hired. Also, there is no respect for family, or personal time. The company comes first. The company always has a reason to give slim bonus/compensation packages, even in the best years. Almost everyone in the office is looking for a job.

    Advice to Management

    You are spending way too much money on turn over - you could invest more in your people, treat them better, and save a lot of money.

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