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MSCI Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
224 Reviews
3.1
224 Reviews
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
Henry A. Fernandez
120 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Greed yand hectic culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Some smart people around.
    Competitors aren't much better.
    Dynamic culture. Lots of aggressive managers, male and female.
    It's like Wall Street without the big bonuses

    Cons

    Too much greed. Comp doesn't reward hard work nor results. Or is it only top management who gets well paid?
    Career upside is only for sales people
    Hectic. TOO MUCH politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stock price isn't a culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    innovation stymied if not completely repressed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Associate

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

    Pros

    Pay is OK but only at the higher title levels. Domain and analytical work itself can be highly interesting and challenging, if not for the corporate bureaucracy and infighting that impedes progress. Decent benefits such as medical, vision, 401k, etc.

    Cons

    Blame game, Machiavellian politics between groups and individuals.
    Corporate culture is almost the opposite of teamwork; rather, people try to CYA all the time.
    There is a negative view permeating the company of “failure” be it actual or perceived. People are therefore understandably afraid to try new things, do green-field research and proof-of-concept projects, etc because of the risk of failure, which is inherent in these sorts of endeavors.
    Zero focus or value placed on career development; people essentially get stuck in their role with no opportunity or catering toward improving their skills or moving to higher levels on their career path.
    Non-technical managers hired to oversee technical functions leads to poor decisions, political battles, disenfranchised and frustrated staff.
    Focus on cost-cutting and maintaining margin means innovation does not thrive, since the focus is always on feature development that is promised to bring in new customers.
    Lots of jobs transferred offshore, which makes software engineering efforts difficult to complete and very inefficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If satisfied with how the company is operating then don’t change anything; however, if unsatisfied, be prepared to embrace significant cultural and operational change that will make everyone, up to the senior level of management, uncomfortable at best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Gives its blessing to dirty politics and bad systems

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The ever changing middle and lower level staff from all over. More and more are leaving unfortunately, when they realize no great advances unless connected or brilliant manipulators.
    A potential for good mix of companies, but too many alienated and deceptive things.

    Cons

    Really inefficient systems, and old original offices never easy to work in. Inconsistent and Adversarial office management. Too many VP's and even a few more senior staff running around doing very little except dressing up and smiling when head honchos are in town. Severley technically deficient managers esp in project managing. Severely untrained other managers/officers in general office management, who are stubborn and stressed, at times, even abrupt and unpofessional to outside and inside. A lot of bad promotions past couple years, coming where politically calculated. Hard to really see how the company can go forward with so much bad behavior and morale. Unrealistic deadlines in general for new product, and with terrible home office management and lack of consistency, even crazier atmosphere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Compensation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Is good because you have good opportunity to learn

    Cons

    There is no salary scheme.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have better understanding in career development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sr Associate

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate

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

    Pros

    great company in growth mode with plenty of interesting development areas

    Cons

    business lines could be more integrated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have an employee rotation program across business lines

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company, weird culture, YMMV

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    some interesting work being done, flexible work schedule, low stress

    Cons

    weird culture because of many acquisitions, terrible computing infrastructure, business is facing tough competition, internal politics is huge and firm really needs to be structured to align different business groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    my managers are pretty good for the most part. by your mileage may wary since there are some bad managers that i have heard about

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall a benevolent employer with high focus on cost saving and sales

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Very flexible work schedule, good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Too many managers and very few people who do the real details work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good substitute for typical Wall St. firm

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    • 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

    Good culture and interesting work

    Cons

    Top heavy employee structure, relatively bad career path potential

    Recommends
  10.  

    A Corporate Environment That Values High Achievers

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    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My career was taken to the next level at this company and I will be forever grateful for this opportunity. In my experience, hard work and a demonstrated results will get you places. In recent years the company has really worked hard to improve the career development of its employees -previously it was sorely lacking. There was some good training sessions that I found very valuable.

    Cons

    The culture and soul of the company is lacking. Make no mistake, it's a corporate environment with strict security and compliance guidelines. At times it can be stifling. Also, the perpetual chasing of countries with lower cost employees doesn't help the morale of those in developed markets. You can either hate it or get ahead of the curve. The company pays decent salaries but it is by no means generous with the perks. Flying internationally in coach for 15 hours gets old. It's possible to fly business class but good luck finding that for under $5k as required by policy. As I said, it has more of the traditional corporate culture.

    Also, the Sales teams clearly run the company. It's probably like this at many other companies but I don't find it a positive characteristic of working at MSCI.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to find ways to bring teams together. Offsites or other meaningful investments to bring teams together would go a long way. Globally dispersed teams makes building meaningful professional relationships and rapport much harder. It's just not as much fun coming to work if you never see your co-workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent Employer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very comforble and warm working environment. Very rich culture. Lots of learming opportuniies. Benifits are reasonable good. Nice and right business models.

    Cons

    Career developmet. Hard to see and talk to very senior managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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