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MSCI Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
225 Reviews
3.1
225 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent Employer

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2.  

    Not to many opportunity to grow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Associate in Norman, OK

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

    Pros

    Work Environment (Most people in Norman are great)
    Vacation and sick leaves
    Benefits
    Fun Days
    Location (cheap living cost thus low salary I guess)
    College Town thus College Football

    Cons

    Salary and title variation among employees with same experience (Sometimes less experience)
    Politics
    Lack of career growth
    March April and May Tornado season

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should also communicate with the non-officer level employees regarding the projects rather than just managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    OK, but needs to admit it's a tech company.And replace tech leadership.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic workplace. Some awesome people and culture in certain offices.

    Cons

    Too much outsourcing. IT/Tech leadership is laughably bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a CIO/CTO so current tech leadership cannot snow senior management about how out of their depth they are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away

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

    I worked at MSCI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary, decent benefits, smart people. Many people at the lower levels of the organization want to do the right thing for the business and its customers. Their best efforts are good intentions often fail due to lack of senior management support and resources.

    Cons

    Too many too mention. Start with poor senior leadership and add a highly political, paranoid, secretive and distrustful culture where backstabbing and little respect for the individual is standard operating procedure. Then throw in a complete lack of resources and the need to work 24/7 in order to try and accomplish the simplest task with co-workers and vendors in emerging (i.e. cheaper) markets, and you have a totally dysfunctional and toxic environment that smart, committed and talented professionals will want to avoid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are some good members of the management team at MSCI. These managers, however, are outnumbered by the poor managers. CEO Henry Fernandez needs to clean house starting at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK, if you can check your personal life and sense of decency at the door.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at MSCI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits. Very interesting domain, at the intersection of finance, analytics, software, and data. Opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in the finance industry.

    Cons

    Fairly toxic work environment, unless you appreciate a culture of stepping on those beneath you and sucking up to those above you. CEO has anger management issues (in fairness, it may be a Wall Street thing) which sets the tone for other senior executives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While I'm pretty sure that upper management has little interest in advice from former employees, I'd suggest viewing employees as valuable, intelligent assets to the company rather than interchangeable and outsourceable resources. Or not. They seem to enjoy the way things are...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Reasonable salary; Difficult to grow or advance into more sophisticated roles

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

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

    Pros

    Easy hours; Reasonable comp; Pleasant office / environment; Friendly people; Get exposure to many investment organizations using indices and analytics tools

    Cons

    Bureacracy; Difficult to advance into other roles; Top management insistent on cost cutting; Consolidation; Acquiring the competition; Outsourcing technical positions to cheaper countries; Top management not technical enough to appreciate how software is developed; And feels hiring 3 foreigners is better than 1 person in NYC

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate how software is built and don't outsource all technical positions; Software & data at the end of the day is what MSCI sells; Producing these should not be viewed as requiring commodity employees anywhere in the world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow on New Products, Slow on Employee Advance. Terrible Morale

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

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

    Pros

    Variety, from the many companies it keeps buying.
    Some decent benefits.
    Mixed products, even if the labor to make them is all over the place.
    Interesting history. But with shaky potential, since competition started catching up.

    Cons

    Terrible product schedule and no nearby labor to support. All programmers and admins outsourced. Management misleads. Crazy promotions. Hrd to get anything done when the good people are gone. Ones staying are those entitled and paid to do very little while making it seem like they do a lot. Government and Dept of Labor probably should look at this place over the past couple years. Especially New York and Berkeley offices. Some crazy unspervised staff. Jungle ambiance. A lot of politics. Paranoia. Backstabbing. Really bad moods and stressed out groups. Good workers at all levels are leaving for the competition. No real teamwork or consistent results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try going a year without salary like others did during the rough times. Put that money into the company and salares. And during that time keep a few more people nearby their teams. At all levels. Take a look at who really does work, not just who has connections to your neighborhood or colleges. Treat people better. There's still time to regain some losses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people, innovative products, dedicated client service, poor work culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Independent work, diverse, highly motivated and creative people, a long career for top talent. Good vacation and holiday time. Really values clients.

    Cons

    24-7 weeks, little respect for personal time because you need to be available across global teams during your day and theirs. Can be very political internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your employees as people, show a human side.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    MSCI ISS Subsidiary - Don't be Fooled.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Great people. The benefits are not bad, but the stress you go through to get them is not worth it. Single people discrimination is rampant here. If you have a kid you get leave early every day. If you don't, keep working.

    Cons

    Terribly managed operation. Complete lack of leadership with most workers more educated in more appropriate fields than managers.

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

    Uncertain future for US offices

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

    Pros

    - Capable, smart, driven, and nice people
    - At times can contribute to cutting edge research
    - Good benefits

    Cons

    - The firm has been outsourcing jobs and so the future US positions is uncertain.
    - Salaries have been stale in the US offices for years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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