MSCI Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
214 Reviews
3.3
214 Reviews
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
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115 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 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company to work for, good benefits.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

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

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    • 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
  3.  

    Great employer, offers a friendly work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Vice President in Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico)

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

    Pros

    Great Salary and Benefit. Excelent Work-Life balance.
    I highly recommended this company to work for. Very smart people.
    Nice offices and excelente location.
    Good reference for future career.
    Offers interaction with international clients and colleagues.

    Cons

    Improve the Home Office policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase training budget.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great company, bad management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  6.  

    Good stepping stone to move into this very niche space in finance.

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

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

    Pros

    Some very smart research and knowledgable consultants to work with. Very flexible working schedule and easy access to top level management.

    Cons

    Very little growth opportunities, management very top heavy and hired from external only. Aggressive offshoring to emerging market cost cutting strategies with no evaluation in its effectiveness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Quant researcher

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quant Researcher
    Current Employee - Quant Researcher

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

    Pros

    Lot of smart people. Average money. wide spectral of available knowledge. Good office building.

    Cons

    Too big firm, fails to be flexible enough. Low level of bonuses. Managers are technical guys, they lack leadersip abilities. Lack of job rotation. Restricted promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be leader, communicate more with your subordinates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    equity data analyst intern

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

    I worked at MSCI as a contractor

    Pros

    good package, good ambiance, good reputation

    Cons

    pathetic senior, no clarity of work- even seniors are confused, work starts at 4 in the afternoon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    directly interact with juniors, dont leave it for analysts they are useless.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Spinning

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

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Used to be collegial and respectful. Maybe it's going back to that in some areas but not very consistent. Pay ok but not very competitive.

    Cons

    Terrible team dynamics. A lot of jungle like extreme guarding, in largely aloof settings. Loads of long-term secrecy and targeting. Even king and queen-bee designates thoughout the offices. Often hard to just do a consistent meeting. Groups can be challenging to keep. software development scattered for a mostly software firm. Culture clashes and downright tyrannical upper management. Career Paths can be nebulous at best, unless one is responsible for controlling unit budget. This means if your work can be out-soourced or held to minimum wage gain, it will be. The managers, no matter how competent, are encouraged and even rewarded to do that. And in strange ways over years. So it's not surprising that the labor force very troubled. And not supported very much. Meetings are mostly for going through the motions. With often uninformed members who just stay around for the next party. Nothing wrong with socializing for team building, but we can do a lot more work. Even basic office processes create tension, with a kind of lazy, moody Facilities direction. Newer groups, like some of clients from recently acquired firms, can easily get just bewildered by a lack of professionalism. Dialogues absolutely not two way streets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep trying for more definition and clearer goals. With measurable results. This can probably best be done by spending more time with not just the protected officers but employees at large. Find the truly motivated and stable senior AND junior staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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