MSCI Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Employee of predecessor company, Riskmetrics

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSCI

    Pros

    May have changed post acquisition, but not recommended.

    Cons

    Lack of transparent salary scale or path for advancement.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Worked as VP in the firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Process driven company, strictly managed, solid index business

    Cons

    Way too much outsourcing to overseas, high tension in the firm, poor management on the analytics business lines.

    Advice to Management

    Less outsourcing, value the employees, give the life back to the employees


  3. Great and growing company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working with a global team. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of internal career mobility.


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  5. It's a good place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSCI

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The working time is casual and free. You have enough vacations as well.

    Cons

    High level political competition is severe. And the money is as high as those hedge fund company.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Always shuffling and rarely rewarding

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

    I have been working at MSCI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some occasional interesting innovation. Index part strong but facing competition

    Cons

    Very unstable with a lot of mistrust. Middle management paralyzed by fear of senior management. A huge disfunctional family. Especially when systems are troubled. Which leads to more troubles. Managers are afraid to tell upper managers of problems. And some managers even use a system problem, which occurs with growth usually, to exploit junior staff in weird political power stances and clannish contexts. There's a long history of such cases. Because no real communication with remote management is allowed, and most managers fear the wrath of distant so called supervisors. Ranging from the programing struggles to client trainings to travel services. Clear examples of far away or else unavailable and brutal management not wanting to deal with whole picture,so unfairly holding back or just punishing lower staff who are working just as hard, if not harder than some of the higher levels to rally solve the problems. Their field "managers" don't really want or know to solve problems. We just can't get anywhere anytime fast, and the useless big outsourcing just makes it all worse. A crippling circle. Especially with newer product and basic office management. And those hard working staff who try to bring issues to far away attention have only been smacked down, never encouraged. Certainly not rewarded. You can only survive and move ahead here if you really like getting slapped or if connected to the cronies in some weird way..

    Advice to Management

    Open up. Keep a few more staff in u.s. Make it safe for staff, and reward those who really do the work.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Employees treated poorly - High turnover

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the late nights/all-nights can be handled from home. Vacation days are generous.

    Cons

    High turnover is a problem. This company cannot keep good people because they treat them so poorly, like promoting people with "dry" promotions (you take on the responsibility, but you don't get the title or the pay). They only promote once a year, so anyone who takes on a new, bigger job, has to perform the job for a year before there is any chance of promotion. Then, many times, the promotion still doesn't come. I hate to admit this, but I see this especially with women,who are rarely promoted - and frankly, rarely hired. Also, there is no respect for family, or personal time. The company comes first. The company always has a reason to give slim bonus/compensation packages, even in the best years. Almost everyone in the office is looking for a job.

    Advice to Management

    You are spending way too much money on turn over - you could invest more in your people, treat them better, and save a lot of money.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Too much politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at MSCI

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart and hard working employees,

    Cons

    politically motivated management. Condescending supervisors

    Advice to Management

    Rid itself of inside politics


  9. Overall good place to work

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

    I have been working at MSCI

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lost of flexibility, interesting, challenging work. Growth opportunity for those who are persistent.

    Cons

    Some employees lack essential communication skills. Management does not always seek input from front line employees.

    Advice to Management

    Put more resources toward training. Be more open about promotion and compensation policies. Seek input from employees at all levels of the organiazation.


  10. Helpful (2)

    overly expanded medium size company with a Fortune 500 dream

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    smart people to work with great brand and industry recognition global reach decent benefits good products and strong research focus

    Cons

    no real work life balance when your workload doubles due to turnovers pay is not related to performance as it is supposed to. having a good year sometimes could mean a flat or smaller performance bonus. so there is little motivation to deliver better performance top heavy corporate structure. career opportunities for any non-sales related poisons are quite limited. it also depends on which business you are in. the index business is better than others

    Advice to Management

    pay your top performers well instead of spending all the money acquiring businesses that are hard to integrated


  11. Good place to work...a little heavy on top.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Conshohocken, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Conshohocken, PA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great work life balance

    Cons

    They need a greater focus on career development.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more career development.



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