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MSCI Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
223 Reviews
3.2
223 Reviews
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
Henry A. Fernandez
119 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't work here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Visibility is the key

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)

    I worked at MSCI

    Pros

    There were lots of talented people, and decent work environment. Good benefits and work life balance.

    Cons

    It is the Kingdom of politics and backstabbing. Senior management interested only in processes. Middle management is of the poorest quality and self absorbed. If you are part of the clique the MSCI old timers you have a shot at career progression. And please don't even think you criticise, God you are too negative and they will punish you when it come to bonus. When it comes to promotions all is based on how you are visible inside the company or how well you have shmoozed with somone senior who will sponsor you, not on performance. The company doesn't take care of people who work hard and are loyal. When they hire new people the pay market rate, even if it means that it will be 30/40% more than someone who has been there and has done year on year a really good job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much advice to the management. It would be like asking a political class to reform itself. Not a chance!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice place to work, but HR department needs cleaning

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    • 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Big IT Shop - with poorly managed staff; REACTIVE and not PROACTIVE approach followed by Management

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    • 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

    1. Great Pay
    2. Competitive benefits
    3. Free culture - can walk up to any senior management person without hesitancy
    4. Decent budgets provided for team-activities every year
    5. Cool Office interior

    Cons

    1. Work/Life Balance is a challenge for some roles
    2. Implicit hierarchy even within same position titles
    3. Career growth not possible within same team, as employees are treated as resource. No structured training apart from soft-skills training available.
    4. Model of Implementers and Managers is followed across the board. This leads to gap in terms of setting timelines for projects etc. Lack of transparency.
    5. Majority of Managers are based out of developed countries [e.g. US], while most of implementers are based out of developing countries [e.g. India], leading to delay in decision making process due to time-zone differences.
    6. Peers seem to be rather incompetent as compared to other workplaces.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. While taking decisions related to employees, in terms of team structure, work pipeline, etc., it would be good if there existed a dialogue instead of monologue treatment followed by managers to employees.
    2. At times, management has not been so transparent in laying out plan for upcoming months/year short-term or long term. This leads to lack of clarity for work pipeline or company plans going ahead for employee.
    3. Personally, I have found management to be quite reluctant on taking stand or backing own employees at right times.
    4. Manager ego takes over employee interests, and favoritism should be avoided while making promotion decisions; it should be merit-based.
    5. Senior management recognize you in the firm by the number of people you manage under you. Higher the count, higher the value for senior management. I'd rather advise to focus on quality as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work life balance, low on learning and growth potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)

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

    Pros

    Work culture is great, its a place you can work for and yet have a satisfactory after-work life. It exposes you to the working on a global brand, and gives you that leverage on your resume. There are no late night assignments, or restrictions on taking leaves.

    Cons

    Since the motto of the company of late has been cost cutting, most operations have shifted to India, Manila and other emerging markets. This has made the jobs in these markets more operational, after a point (I would say 1.5-2 years), you feel dejected of doing the same job with no innovation, no learning and limited geographical transition opportunities. The ESG team especially has been extremely poor in terms of employee growth and career development. It started as an a niche segment with ample learning opportunities but has now become a KPO model churning out data with all visionary decisions happening in the developed markets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Emerging market employees should be seen as partners AND not just low cost resources, give them bigger opportunities, and options to grow into different roles or geographies, especially when they stay with the company long enough. You can also sponsor their education (VP and above) to retain the talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Highly unprofessional, no career progression, rewards non-perfomers

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

    I worked at MSCI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nothing at all which can be said positive. They believe that an employee is a machine, and can be replaced anytime, which results in you sometimes feeling like a bonded blue-collar labor

    Cons

    (a.) No consistent policies, and career progressions are decided by the whims and fancies of the manager who himself/herself may be highly incompetent and not placed properly for that job.
    (b.) Promotions are not decided by the merits or your performance, but is determined by how much you market yourself to have done, and on the pleasure of manager, and perhaps even team.
    (c.) Interview process is itself debetable given that they have over the last few years hired highly incompetent people. For instance, sales guy (from some unknown fly-the-night colleges) have been picked for technical roles (with fake training with even managers hand-in-glove in such activities), and marketed to clients. Unfortunately, clients get a raw deal for the premium they pay for the products.
    (d.) Only hard-working guys are asked to work more and slog, while weeds are asked to enjoy.
    (e.) Business decisions sometimes you feel are taken by the Corporate Services team.
    (f.) Most of the time you are involuntarily dragged into team and inter-team politics.
    (g.) You spend most of the time just to get the help or your work done/streamlined, as almost all the teams consider themselves as fief-doms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    (a.) There are many great companies which have suffered due to non-clear policies, and putting arrogance/ego/self-interest ahead of honesty and professionalism. It takes you nowhere and might result in the brand suffering.
    (b.) Number of experience in a company doesn't mean that the employee will always be better, but sometimes it could also mean that that particular employee is not willing to infuse energy or take risk for doing the best quality work.
    (c.) Need to have a very energetic and objective policy of even checking on the performance of the managers. Manager without the knowledge of the team and work maybe of no use, and in fact can be detrimental.
    (d.) It always good to listen to the employee and see what they are trying to communicate to nip the issues or possible issues in bud.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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