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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great product, far too bottom line oriented

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    Former Intern - Intern in Norman, OK
    Former Intern - Intern in Norman, OK

    I worked at MSCI as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The software is incredible to work on, there are some very talented people to work with, great place to learn. The people in office are fantastic, and the work is interesting.

    Cons

    The company is far too bottom line oriented. They had a history of laying off extremely valuable, talented developers from a product they bought because they were "overpaid." That was indicative of the culture...to them, you are nothing but a line on a ledger sheet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn that people are valuable. Skill and experience that comes with time aren't easily quantified. Treat your people like they're actually people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to work for, can vary a lot by location.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting people and industry, good products, strong ethics. Compensation is ok, but not industry leading.

    Cons

    Long working hours, very global so a lot of meetings at odd hours, not a lot of mobility across job functions, strong push to move jobs to cheaper locations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Greed yand hectic culture

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    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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    innovation stymied if not completely repressed

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    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
  6.  

    MSCI Killed the RMG Star

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Riskmetrics was a start-up inhabiting the body of a publicly traded financial firm. It was a magnet for people who loved finance but weren't big fans of Wall Street's cultural rot. Working there was a privilege.

    Cons

    - Compensation was not good, and they often renegged on compensation promises.
    - MSCI snuffed out many of the best aspects of the culture when they made the acquisition. It became less innovative, and people who were once empowered entrepreneurs were turned into drones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people, don't just enrich yourselves from their efforts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Good company, weird culture, YMMV

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (less than a 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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Gives its blessing to dirty politics and bad systems

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    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
  10.  

    Compensation

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    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
  11.  

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

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    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

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