MSCI Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
201 Reviews

3.2
201 Reviews
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    MSCI/Barra

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSCI

    Pros

    Great place to experience the inner workings and depth of Barra's data based models. Notice that positions are often heavy on the computer analysis and programming side of finance.

    Cons

    Working with the Barra model can become challenging because of the high level of statistical expertise that can be required. Atmosphere tends to be quiet which to some people is a negative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more proactive in alerting employees to areas of improvement while they are on the job - I was disappointed by the lack of feedback.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    good pay, ok work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Mumbai (India)

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

    Pros

    Pay is good if you negotiate well. they generally offer you a handsome amount which will satisfy most.

    Cons

    The salary structure is such that there is no tax savings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realign the salary structure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at MSCI full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very comforble and warm working environment. Very rich culture. Lots of learming opportuniies. Benifits are reasonable good. Nice and right business models.

    Cons

    Career developmet. Hard to see and talk to very senior managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Dynamic, international, client focused organization that rewards hard work and holds employees to high standards.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, international, client focused organization that rewards hard work and holds employees to high standards.

    Cons

    Not enough women in senior management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great opportunities at msci budapest

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Budapest (Hungary)

    I worked at MSCI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great technical knowledge
    Good work environment
    Leaders, executives are mostly friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Impossible to see the "big picture"
    Can work on a small part of a software for years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Associate at MSCI

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Associate in Budapest (Hungary)

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

    Pros

    Absolute supportive company, no matter what your special situation a solution is found. Good wage in comparisation to other companies in the branch, Christmas money, Bonus if the company did have profit, so everybody is keen on making sure it does! Quality office environment, centralized location, super cooperative colleges, all fully set on making your work be successful.

    Cons

    Somewhat slow machines, definetly very slow network, still no chance of remote working, while I heard there would be great interest. Don't see why not, cost of office, electricity, machines etc would be eliminated, how this is not the interest of a company is a riddle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade of technical equipment is really due, do it before we are outdated lagging behind our own customers. If it is costly, consider remote work, many would be interested, most people have better machines and way faster net at home. The private home machines are at least 10 years ahead of the company ones.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Associate in Budapest (Hungary)

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

    Pros

    A good place to start your career, nice atmosphere, felxible working hours and some experienced collegaues to learn from. International operation is also a plus (fun to work with Berkeley and Beijing at the same time)

    Cons

    The Bp office is relatively new, long term career advancement is questionable. There are constant problems with IT services, outdated software, slow network, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the end, it is very expensive to make an employee work on a slow machine, with outdated software...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Risk Analytics  in  Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Risk Analytics in Norman, OK

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

    Pros

    you could touch many different fields, such as portfolio management and risk management, both local and global market, equity and fixed income.

    Cons

    still developing, no more cons

  10.  

    Senior Associate Review

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Associate

    I worked at MSCI for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interesting Industry, High Exposure to portfolio management.

    Cons

    Too bureaocratic and skillset developed is too specific to the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid and hands-on practices on financial engineering.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at MSCI as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People are really nice and helpful. A great amount of exposure to the most widely adopted models and financial derivatives.

    Cons

    Limited career development opportunities, especially in China.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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