MSCI Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
Henry A. Fernandez
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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. Great brands, mismanaged

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    exposure to senior level clients for junior workers, good work life balance

    Cons

    Comp, turnover, unrealistic expectations from upper level management

    Advice to Management

    Have realistic views about the state of the business


  2. Good Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Nice working environment at MSCI

    Cons

    Repetitive work and lack use of new tools


  3. Decent

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MSCI (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice people and learn alot

    Cons

    Politics and bureaucracy hurt work

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying harder to improve things.


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  5. Good Firm

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    You are given the opportunities to work with smart and motivated people on varied projects. The firm is also in high growth businesses which bodes well for the future. Benefits and work life balance also are pretty strong.

    Cons

    Internal mobility, training and career development opportunities can be limited and what does exist must be actively pursued by the individual.

    Advice to Management

    more opportunities for internal mobility are important, reward the best employees


  6. real elstate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work environment - great client base, good opportunity for career progression, great management.

    Cons

    Pay is below average hence the high turnaround of staff. Company is split up into different silos - (the different sub companies which have been acquired)


  7. Support Function

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Culture and Work Life balance

    Cons

    Lack of growth...Lack of career opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Build people's careers while implementing company strategies.


  8. Not if you want a quiet life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Bright people, good benefits, reasonable work life balance, good location and offices, global company. Doesn't suffer fools.

    Cons

    Becoming very bureaucratic, very centralised decision making. Lives on email Career progression is slow and hard to achieve. Training budget is virtually non-existent in many areas

    Advice to Management

    MSCI's executive management should decentralise from their tower in New York which is increasingly isolating them from their staff elsewhere.


  9. Company review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)

    Pros

    Good culture and work environment. Flexible work timings with work from home option. Provides options for mentoring, skill development, along with various other workshops.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency provided by the Management. Job-security is a concern. Attrition in certain teams is quite high. No clear career growth plans are provided.

    Advice to Management

    To be more open to suggestions and to be clear about the strategy of the company to the employees. Retaining the talent bank.


  10. Facts

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    Current Employee - Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Able to maintain a reasonable work life balance. Have been fortunate enough for having gotten the opportunity to work in a team of co-operative colleagues. g

    Cons

    Internal movement and/or moving to global locations is stringent. Delay in recognition of hard work without reasonable justification or rationale.

    Advice to Management

    Improved viability for being able to move across locations. Timely appraisal of efforts.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Stay inside of your box!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong products, a good and well-known name makes it easier being a salesperson, good benefits package (but no work from home).

    Cons

    Top-down management style, no interest at all to listen to ideas or input from employees, decisions are made at the top and then filtered down to the foot soldiers. Culture is very old-fashioned, face time is very important and seen as a proxy for how effective you are in your job. Come in early and leave late is the rule. Intensely political environment, very similar culture to a global investment bank but with worse quality people. As a salesperson your compensation has very low correlation with your sales or how well you do your sales target, political skills and appearance is everything.

    Advice to Management

    Fire half the middle management, they add nothing and cost lots of money to maintain. Start rewarding people for what they actually bring to the table, make goals quantifiable to stop MSCI being a playground for political middle managers. Financially, the company is underperforming compared to your peers, get smart or get out!



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