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MSCI Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
224 Reviews
3.1
224 Reviews
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
Henry A. Fernandez
120 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, bad management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Norman, OK

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefit and fun people to work with. Not a lot of room to grow though. The product is going down hill because of poor software development life cycle.

    Cons

    The new management is too top heavy and they have been doing a lot of reorganization and have been laying off talented people. When it was still Riskmetrics, the management cared about the employee, things changed. To MSCI, you are just a number in the balance sheet.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager in Norman, OK

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

    Pros

    very friendly environment with lots of people

    Cons

    Not everyone is friendly all the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Smile

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Nice place to work, but HR department needs cleaning

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Professional culture, pleasant work environment and cool people. Innovative tech / investment tools provider listed on NYSE.

    Cons

    The HR department is somewhat frustrating to deal with, your treated like an inconvenience to them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A bit bureaucratic, but very much team dependent. Top heavy at times.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst, Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Research Analyst, Senior Associate

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Among the top firms of its kind, forefront of innovation and constantly referred to as excellent by clients.

    Cons

    A bit poor on man management and very very top heavy. Processes are not very well managed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shed some top management and stop believing its knowledge centers as tireless workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Autocratic managers stymie growth, but you'll learn a lot about the industry

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Index Sales
    Current Employee - Index Sales

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Sales people have large base pay. Trips easily expensed. Easy product to sell. Brand recognition.

    Cons

    Only concerned with you knowing the product. No training outside of this. Management calls themselves 'authoritarian' and the culture is "do as I tell you b/c I'm telling you to" and "my way or the highway" (aka "the MSCI way"). This leads to mgmt worrying only about goal achievement and not the satisfaction of employees. The only motivation used is threatening, stifling ingenuity and hindering teamwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-examine middle management and the culture/ values they are bringing to the table. Organization feels like it's lacking morals - get the job done no matter who you have to deceive in the process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't work here

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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 an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Ongoing Decline. A lot of hanger ons.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work for, good benefits.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSCI full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work environment with highly academically and technically trained people. Opportunity to extend financial knowledge.

    Cons

    Old technologies, not much support for innovation. Weak management, no vision in the recent years. Limited potential for professional growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define a clear vision for development and follow through. Create more opportunities for personal growth.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Perfect place to start

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    Good work location, Best way to start career, Great managed company

    Cons

    Small Cafeteria which does not give relief or a good break in middle of work.

  11.  

    Positive Overall

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

    I worked at MSCI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best reasons to join include continual strategic growth of company through acquisition, and worldwide reach and resources.

    Cons

    Integrating different cultures and units can be difficult in early years following a merger; sometimes units that could have strong synergies are bureaucratically prevented from realizing them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    C-suite level should listen more to division and subdivision heads while planning strategically.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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