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MSCI Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
224 Reviews
3.1
224 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 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.  

    Very Good Exposure at work + Satisfied Professional life (Includes Pay + Work-Life Balance)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Associate in Mumbai (India)

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

    Pros

    Its been 1.5 Yrs for me in MSCI.

    1) Good Leaders (Managers) - Help to explore & strengthen your capabilities.
    2) Clear Goal Settings - Help to achieve your EOY tasks.
    3) No unwanted pressure at work.
    4) Lots of Individual contributor - Make you feel not to worry much about designations.
    5) Good Pay master - Anytime better than the competitors.

    Cons

    1) Could be open to new technologies rather than having few old in-house codes.
    2) On-Call Duties should be compensate with some allowances.
    3) Promotion discussions should be transparent and happen on time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid making frequent changes in team re-organization which sometime slow down the pace of work and individuals goals at work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent Workplace

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

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Very good culture
    Transparent decision making
    Independence in working
    Good knowledge sharing

    Cons

    Lateral shift can be a problem, since it is into limited financial services viz. Index and Analytics
    However, there is flexibility in the role one plays in the broader team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pace of project decisions and execution needs to be improved

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Pretty Good and chilled out place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Mumbai (India)

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

    Pros

    Work culture,
    Great office
    Team Interaction is very good

    Cons

    Long Hours for some teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    MSCI/Barra

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    good pay, ok work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Mumbai (India)

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (less than an 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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  9.  

    Great opportunities at msci budapest

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Budapest (Hungary)

    I worked at MSCI full-time (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
  10.  

    Associate at MSCI

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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
  11.  

    Nice place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than an 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

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