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MSCI Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
229 Reviews
3.1
229 Reviews
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
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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.  

    Usual corporate atmosphere with better than usual benefits

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

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

    Pros

    - There are great benefits at MSCI. Women get 16 weeks of maternity leave and men get 2 weeks of paternity leave. There are discounts to local gyms, yoga in the office, etc...
    - Office has amazing views.

    Cons

    - Usual politics
    - A lot of staff in "emerging market centers" where salaries are low
    - Focus on sales people and not much career growth for non-sales positions
    - Management is out of touch with junior level employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible Compensation Structure

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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

    People doing the actual work are very smart.

    Cons

    Very vague and unfair compensation structure. Everything is know at the end of the year so there is uncertainity for full year for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please reward the employees in the US. They are worth every penny. Just focussing on low cost workers in India and China is not going to help the company long term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    MSCI should not be trusted.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    You will have an opportunity to meet people from all over the world, especially people from India and the Phillipines, as you train them to do your job.

    Cons

    MSCI uses all forms of trickery to extract as much work from employees as possible. The company will tell you one thing and then do another, all without offering a reasonable explanation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees in developed markets are very valuable and worth their cost. Someday you will learn this lesson.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some very good people and some very odd decisions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Intelligent people at just about every level. High degree of technology though the environment is locked down a bit. Indexing business makes money without trying and is thus the prized group. A sales company disguised as a financial tech company.

    Cons

    Lot of in-house applications which is ok but lead to random bugs. Tech decisions are all done out of the cadre in London while the implementation is done by a team in Budapest. Service Desk based in Mumbai can often lead to frustration. Hope you're looking for a position with the indexing side, otherwise look out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At least one local office support person would help a lot, i've seen people be without a computer for 3 days at times. Cost cutting of personnel leads to higher turnover on those thinking they're next.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unfocused driving, no accountability and tired, paranoid culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Coverage in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Client Coverage in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Highly skilled associates

    Average to decent salary

    Resources from the hybrid of organizations

    interesting projects

    Cons

    Senior management care only about themselves. Local office heads and senior veterans not motivated to really help underlings. Often make it known they despise their role.

    in tricky market we know not where we're going. Fragmented data, models and meetings.

    Clannish, devisive behavior interfering with client mtgs, conference participation and trust.

    Favoritism, etc.

    Guidance and accountability seriously lacking in the Coverage, Project Management and Facilities units. Particularly in the New York and SF Bay offices. Good luck getting any emails answered. Or seeing any consistent meetings out of them.

    Outsourcing so much that we've chopped off our own feet and it's a challenge to go forward. Especially without vision, communication, trust and fairness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's a lot we would like to give, but we've seen others shot down for nicely doing so. What is clear Is that leadership needs to change and vision needs to be clarified. After that, professionalism re-instilled in what used to be a great company. Pay attention to your product formation teams, new sales and upsells. Also to local office management and HR, to help with these areas. We can really hit walls when we need basic questions answered. That wastes even more time and productivity. Also look at who actually has shown up to work through the years instead of working remotely and not findable. Then keep telling us where we're going so we can actually do our jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay far far away!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Rockville, MD

    I worked at MSCI

    Pros

    New technology to learn deal with. Hmm having a really hard time comming up with pros for this company after working for them for 8 years.

    Cons

    No respect from sinior management. Lack of communication. What sinor management decides goes no matter how wrong it is. You are nothing but a number to them. All they care about is the buttom line. I miss the good old days of RMG :(

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate and trust your employees and you will find that they will work twice as hard as if you keep yelling and screaming at them as you do now.
    Your quality of service will greatly suffer as you migrate to “Emerging markets” I would suggest against pushing for this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hectic but rewarding

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

    I worked at MSCI

    Pros

    Challenging job and worked with a group of very smart individuals. Company planned some fun team building events such as "Fun Day" and "Friday drinks"

    Cons

    Upper management can be a bit tricky and people are overworked. Too many things going on and not enough resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make sure you have appropriate resources in order to complete the jobs without rushing them out the door.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A good company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    MSCI is a leader in the risk management and index business.
    The company has been growing steadily via strategic acquisitions.
    Management is very approachable and open.
    Benefits are attractive.

    Cons

    There is limited potential for professional growth and there are not that many perks for employees. Also, the tendency is to lead people into becoming very specialized in a specific area, to the point where certain groups seem isolated form the rest of the business units.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    satisfied

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

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    Working to collaborate across businesses, learning a lot from colleagues, open to smart ideas

    Cons

    outsourcing jobs is a concern

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    MSCI is changing for the better

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

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    The company has a very strong braintrust among its employees and does a good job attracting talented people (many employees have advanced degrees, impressive backgrounds at others companies and overall are very bright). The culture is pretty relaxed, but everyone works hard - probably around 50-60 hours a week.

    Mid-level managers are empathetic that career paths at the company are opaque, as they face same advancement problems.

    Senior management has copped to being aware of general dissatisfaction with the way the company is structured/run in the past and just completed their company-wide engagement survey. The onus is on them to take action in response to employee feedback.

    Cons

    The company has difficulty keeping its most talented employees - it's efforts to consolidate a leading market position in investment support related businesses has not been flawless and created tension both internally and with some of MSCIs clients. How this will affect the reputation and performance of the company in the future yet to be seen. Prepare for another big bout of turnover after the 2012 bonuses are declared.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working hard towards realizing the synergies from the acquiring your last chunk of companies (ISS, Riskmetrics, FEA, Measurisk, etc) and maintaining the service quality our clients are accustomed too.
    Pay your top performers generously so they stay at the company.
    Be open to employee feedback
    Let the management teams do business their way

    Recommends

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