MSCI Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
214 Reviews
3.4
214 Reviews
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
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115 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 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    MSCI ISS Subsidiary - Don't be Fooled.

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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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Uncertain future for US offices

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    • 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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    worthwhile

    • 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

    interesting domain, friendly people, lose structure allowing you to take things in your hands, if you have initiative and proved yourself you can easily pick up new tasks and grow,
    fresh wave of energized executives from GS pushing for improvement and changes in personnel

    Cons

    bit too much chaos, projects dispersed around the globe demanding 24h availability for meetings,
    lost a lot of experienced key employees, and left with either too junior, or too senior ones which do not know what to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you want to work globally you must plan globally. Keep replacing stagnant/useless executives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It was just as I had expected, so I'll say upto expectation: mind your own work and you are good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    time flexibility: you can arrive late once in a while, and for a doctor appointment, you can leave early
    Nice colleagues: not very smart but yes, good at work and very professional

    Cons

    boring work: well that depends on your interest and expertise

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    terrible place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    good benefits.
    Can be a good place to start career

    Cons

    Way to corporate.
    No clear career path. Very bureaucratic. Several levels of management, talent is not promoted.
    People underpaid and overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't be stingy. Not all work can be done overseas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Senior

    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    The company has moved a new location which is close to metro

    Cons

    The company has limited activities

  9.  

    great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    you could touch many different fields, such as portfolio management and risk management, both local and global market, equity and fixed income.

    Cons

    still developing, no more cons

  10.  

    Senior Associate Review

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Associate

    I worked at MSCI (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting Industry, High Exposure to portfolio management.

    Cons

    Too bureaocratic and skillset developed is too specific to the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a good company but far from great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work time;
    Good work life balance;
    Compensation is on par with industry average;

    Cons

    It is a company made of many acquired compAnies; company culture doesn't appeal

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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