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MSCI Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
235 Reviews
3.0
235 Reviews
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
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127 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  

    Ongoing Decline. A lot of hanger ons.

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    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
  2.  

    Good company to work for, good benefits.

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    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, bad management

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    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
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    Perfect place to start

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    Good work location, Best way to start career, Great managed company

    Cons

    Small Cafeteria which does not give relief or a good break in middle of work.

  6.  

    Spinning

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    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
  7.  

    Positive Overall

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Research
    Former Employee - Research

    I worked at MSCI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best reasons to join include continual strategic growth of company through acquisition, and worldwide reach and resources.

    Cons

    Integrating different cultures and units can be difficult in early years following a merger; sometimes units that could have strong synergies are bureaucratically prevented from realizing them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    C-suite level should listen more to division and subdivision heads while planning strategically.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Opportunity to work with knowledgeable people in a fast paced environment, but at a cost.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at MSCI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There exists the ability to grow your role within the firm. Managers within the firm recognize talent and people who think outside the box, and have the patience to teach and train which opens the door to greater responsibilities and promotion along with comparable compensation.

    Cons

    High pressure and demanding environment that can erode a good work-life balance, also, upper management with a keen eye to the bottom line looks to transfer what jobs they can to less expensive markets overseas.
    At times management does not examine thoroughly long term effect with respect to some of the decisions that are made including those in personnel. A more reactive than proactive environment is often the case here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More thoroughly evaluate choices about staffing changes with respect to how it will effect the company long term, especially when integrating acquisitions. Knowledge is a key component to success. If you remove people with great knowledge of process and products, overtime erosion will occur in performance and quality. My advice is be proactive rather than reactive. Take more time to review before making choices.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst Work Experience & Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    On the face they seem to pay well but the salaries are kept relatively same for prolonged periods of time. Most of their benefits have a lock in for a min of 2 years.

    Cons

    The worst managed company. No team work. Extremely political environment and toxic. Long hours and weekends without any significant increase in compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would not recommend anyone to join this company. The initial pay might look attractive but for the hours worked and the environment to deal with- its not worth a single penny.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Trying but long way to go

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    Some wonderful, talented people trying to help company grow. Compan yitself trying to grow but needs lot of help and organization. Finally some of sr management waking up to challenge the more chaotic, abusive even, colleagues, some of whom are finally starting to wake up and move to companies which they can more easily handle. Some of it all still a strange golf club of associations and laziness.

    Cons

    A very unhappy and divisive middle management. Often paranoid and irritated. NOt very reliable. Scant communication and support in many areas at times. And a lot of uncaring sr. managers. Relying too much on an outsourced so-called team structure. So it takes twice as long to get anything done. From design, debugging to just about everything on sales, licensing and admin, things go way too slowly and fragmented. All in the name of saving money and increasing share earnings, when in the end it all just costs more money from delays and incredible mistrust. Oh and did anyone think of market share? Hostile work environments have easily resulted from inexperienced and unsupervised managers. A really questionable schedule of team goals. Strange divisive paranoid corporate services. And project managers who really don't have great technical background or appreciation, but are insanely political and full of smiles. It's miracle anything gets done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please put into place some more trainings and supervision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Investing in your business is investing in your people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Berkeley, CA

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

    Pros

    The people are great. Plenty of interesting work to do so there is always a way to demonstrate skills and get ahead.

    Cons

    They have been outsourcing for years and have kept pay in the US offices stale for many years. Teams are dispersed across the globe so your work day can be stretched too. People are overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investing in your business means hiring new people AND giving raises to the people who already work for you. You have great people who work for you who you have invested so much in and who have invested so much in the company. Forcing these people to leave because you don't give modest raises seems shortsighted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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