MSCI Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
207 Reviews
3.2
207 Reviews
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
Henry A. Fernandez
111 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Poor morale and politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    There are some good people who know how to treat people decently and want to try to create a decent work environment.

    Pay is good.

    Cons

    The politics are thick. Being smart, hard working and dedicated isn't enough. If you are not willing to play games and "manage upwards" or aren't part of the club of people who have been there for years, you'll have difficulty carving out a career.

    Blaming and finger pointing culture.

    Morale is often low. Cynicism is a virtue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't believe in fairy tales so I don't believe there's any advice that could be given that they would take or consider.

  2.  

    Worst company ever!

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary and compensation package (Life insurance, pension fund payment, bonus, 1 month extra payment, high salary). Very nice office environment.

    Cons

    Fully controlled, no way to be creative and come up with new ideas.
    Terrible internal procedures ("be bulletproofed")
    ZERO INTERNAL CAREER OPPORTUNITY!!!!!!!!!!
    From emerging countries, there is NO WAY TO MOVE to developed location
    To get a higher level position, it's easier to leave the firm and apply to the position from outside than be promoted.
    No real life as you have to be in the office day and night.

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    They pay you to accept all the idiots and to be biorobot.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Budapest (Hungary)

    I worked at MSCI full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good salary compared to market average
    Health insurance
    Retirement saving account
    Several round recruitment process to ensure the very high quality staff (except middle management and above)

    Cons

    Very-very weak middle and senior management
    Operations outside the headquarter are fully controlled, no way to be creative and come up with new ideas.
    Terrible internal procedures ("be bulletproofed")
    ZERO INTERNAL CAREER OPPORTUNITY!!!!!!!!!!
    From emerging countries, there is NO WAY TO MOVE to developed location
    To get a higher level position, it's easier to leave the firm and apply to the position from outside than be promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Base the company on the several exceptional individual instead of transform them to well payed slaves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst company to work for. Centralised. Not about what you know but who you know.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSCI

    Pros

    None whatsoever about this company

    Cons

    EVERYTHING about it. Worst structure I've ever come across.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None because they only listen to their inner voice which tell them to ONLY grow one-self and ignore the rest of the hard working folks.

  6.  

    Senior Associate & VP

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    Current Employee - Vice President and Senior Associate  in  Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Vice President and Senior Associate in Mumbai (India)

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

    Pros

    Company pays good salary to get talent from Indiian market

    Cons

    - Always Risk of Job due to peer pressure from other locations.
    - Heavy politics due to regional set up.
    - No Control to local management.
    - Limited or no career growth and reason is company is not growing at all due to market sentiments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to understand Indian Job market and need to provide employee empowerment to contribute better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Branches broken and grouchy managers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    technology but sometimes interrupted
    market news when IT depts can work at once
    hr sometimes ok but not everywhere

    Cons

    interupted IT ops
    Research in knots, mgrs here chaotic and stressed
    grouch manipulative corporative services. also stress
    slow salary raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on communication. teach newer officers on west coast and other places how to handle stress. get them to talk nice to staff, juniors, venodrs and clients. we look really bad sometimes by their behaviour. Plus it stops trust. So please give them more training or build tteam and help everybody with projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSCI full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good salary, decent benefits, smart people. Many people at the lower levels of the organization want to do the right thing for the business and its customers. Their best efforts are good intentions often fail due to lack of senior management support and resources.

    Cons

    Too many too mention. Start with poor senior leadership and add a highly political, paranoid, secretive and distrustful culture where backstabbing and little respect for the individual is standard operating procedure. Then throw in a complete lack of resources and the need to work 24/7 in order to try and accomplish the simplest task with co-workers and vendors in emerging (i.e. cheaper) markets, and you have a totally dysfunctional and toxic environment that smart, committed and talented professionals will want to avoid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are some good members of the management team at MSCI. These managers, however, are outnumbered by the poor managers. CEO Henry Fernandez needs to clean house starting at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow on New Products, Slow on Employee Advance. Terrible Morale

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    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

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

    Pros

    Variety, from the many companies it keeps buying.
    Some decent benefits.
    Mixed products, even if the labor to make them is all over the place.
    Interesting history. But with shaky potential, since competition started catching up.

    Cons

    Terrible product schedule and no nearby labor to support. All programmers and admins outsourced. Management misleads. Crazy promotions. Hrd to get anything done when the good people are gone. Ones staying are those entitled and paid to do very little while making it seem like they do a lot. Government and Dept of Labor probably should look at this place over the past couple years. Especially New York and Berkeley offices. Some crazy unspervised staff. Jungle ambiance. A lot of politics. Paranoia. Backstabbing. Really bad moods and stressed out groups. Good workers at all levels are leaving for the competition. No real teamwork or consistent results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try going a year without salary like others did during the rough times. Put that money into the company and salares. And during that time keep a few more people nearby their teams. At all levels. Take a look at who really does work, not just who has connections to your neighborhood or colleges. Treat people better. There's still time to regain some losses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lacks the substance to make it a world class company

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

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

    Pros

    only few and they can be pretty temporary...

    Cons

    Get employee friendly and make it a level playing field...stop politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice can be many....but they won't listen...even to God!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Superficial people and bureaucracy that replaces competence with aggression.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at MSCI full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Index products are good and are righty labeled as industry standard.

    Cons

    Vulture-like culture that rewards those good at politicking and those with the best papered credentials.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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