MSCI Reviews

Updated July 31, 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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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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. Great place to work

    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at MSCI

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

    Pros

    MSCI is a nice place to work. The benefits are great.. so are the hours.

    Cons

    For me, the location was not so great as it is located in Norman Oklahoma

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job with promoting from within and helping employees advance in their careers


  3. Helpful (2)

    Senior Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    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

    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)

    Not great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSCI full-time

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

    Pros

    You work with great people. Most of the people are nice to work with, and the offices are really nice. It is interesting work at a company that is driven for success. Great benefits.

    Cons

    The culture isn't great. It is a place that doesn't reward innovation or ideas. It is about making money not doing the best for people or doing the right thing. They get rid of the wrong people and the ones that stay, show no owner ship and pass the buck.

    Advice to Management

    Develop people, grow from within.


  6. Helpful (6)

    Decent place to put on your resume but beware if you stick around

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSCI full-time

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

    Pros

    Work/Life balance is amazing. I almost never worked long hours. The company overall is very accommodating about working from home. Benefits, i.e. health insurance was good. Comp (for New York) wasn't spectacular, but decent.

    Cons

    Politics, Politics, Politics. Politics are insane in this place. Senior management is often clueless about what is going on on the middle management level. It's a dog eat dog world and every manager goes out of their way to defend their turf. Forget team work - you are lucky if you don't get yelled at for responding to the incorrect email to the incorrect team. The amount of maneuvering I had to do to get my job done on a day to day basis was not just frustrating - it was unbearable. If you are in the index business - you are in the privileged territory. If you are on the Risk side you are a second class citizen. MSCI doesn't really know what to do with Barra and Riskmetrics so they struggle quite a bit. Current CTO is a very competent individual but some of his lieutenants are subpar. They run around trying to put the next killer project on their resume and earn an extra bonus without any regard to what their antics are doing to the business. They have their pet projects that they guard very closely so if you get on one of these A-teams your comp will probably be great for a while. Until the whole project inevitably gets cancelled and you will be a pariah. All of this insanity has taken its toll. Morale is at all time low in R&D, a lot of senior people I've spoken to were planning a departure sometime in the near future.

    Advice to Management

    Stop doing mad scientist technology experiments and develop a coherent vision for each branch of the business before you lose all the best people.


  7. MSCI

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Storage Engineer in Norman, OK
    Former Employee - Senior Storage Engineer in Norman, OK

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, people are great to work with

    Cons

    Global communications between teams is not where it should be

    Advice to Management

    Have better team communications and with individual's of the team


  8. Helpful (1)

    Definitely downhill

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    I worked at MSCI

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

    Pros

    Smart people to work with. But unfortunately the bright ones are leaving

    Cons

    Very top heavy. No regard for talents, it's all about headcount and outsourcing to reduce costs.

    Advice to Management

    One experienced and skilled headcount can not be simply replaced by another headcount elsewhere. This is common sense. Senior management doesn't care and middle management tries to manipulate the headcount to demonstrate how competent they are to reduce cost. And there is a bottom on how much you can save. The business competitiveness is seriously compromised


  9. Helpful (1)

    heading downward

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at MSCI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Terrible Leadership and cronyism

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    • 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

    Not much. If you're in sales you have an easier time. Used to be fair promotions. Now it's all just from weird connections. Working to keep things in pipeline used to be an efficient process. And there were easier sales until recently.

    Cons

    Horrible turmoil. Non stop turnover. Company surviving by riding general stock market wave. Bad team structures in place. Historical abuse and even harassment of employees. Surprising that the place hasn't been sued more. Just so much paranoia and pushing. For project management that has terrible planning. Or good communications. And no real leadership in corporate office management. Cronyism and incompetence is the m.o. All over the place. A ton of manager laziness. So productivity is hard. Especially when the other people don't feel safe or appreciated. Historical harassment in many ways. Often to redirect hyper spotlight on others. While partying and using family connections or other status.

    Advice to Management

    Work more positively with your original office. Do real reviews and rebuild. You can still turn things around. It can only help you to do real team work.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSCI

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some managers are great to work for and very helpful. There is not a lot of day to day management of employees, but there sure are high expectations which they hold you accountable for.

    Cons

    They are trying to figure themselves out as a company, trying to define a culture, which is typical of these financial data vendor firms who grow through acquisitions...always trying to decide what to focus on, how to integrate and clients left hanging while it plays out.



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