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MSCI Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
224 Reviews
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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.  

    Excellent Employer

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    • 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
  2.  

    Ongoing Decline. A lot of hanger ons.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

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

    Pros

    Earlier great product.

    Earlier great teams.

    Cons

    Chaotic design, Aging Data. Company basically shops for other parcel companies to buy and outsource most jobs.. Then rides those combined earnings while trying for challenged fits to older, decayed structure. Really political. Terrible long term office management. Clashing cultures. Office management historically incompetent. Paranoid. Just likes to complain and party. And single out talented individuals who demonstrate greater popularity. Or basic competence. Managers with school affiliations ridiculously protected. Hugely dysfunctional. Some of the crazy unqualified managers have actually removed themselves. But it's a horrible place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Spinning

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

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Used to be collegial and respectful. Maybe it's going back to that in some areas but not very consistent. Pay ok but not very competitive.

    Cons

    Terrible team dynamics. A lot of jungle like extreme guarding, in largely aloof settings. Loads of long-term secrecy and targeting. Even king and queen-bee designates thoughout the offices. Often hard to just do a consistent meeting. Groups can be challenging to keep. software development scattered for a mostly software firm. Culture clashes and downright tyrannical upper management. Career Paths can be nebulous at best, unless one is responsible for controlling unit budget. This means if your work can be out-soourced or held to minimum wage gain, it will be. The managers, no matter how competent, are encouraged and even rewarded to do that. And in strange ways over years. So it's not surprising that the labor force very troubled. And not supported very much. Meetings are mostly for going through the motions. With often uninformed members who just stay around for the next party. Nothing wrong with socializing for team building, but we can do a lot more work. Even basic office processes create tension, with a kind of lazy, moody Facilities direction. Newer groups, like some of clients from recently acquired firms, can easily get just bewildered by a lack of professionalism. Dialogues absolutely not two way streets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep trying for more definition and clearer goals. With measurable results. This can probably best be done by spending more time with not just the protected officers but employees at large. Find the truly motivated and stable senior AND junior staff.

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

    Investing in your business is investing in your people

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are great. Plenty of interesting work to do so there is always a way to demonstrate skills and get ahead.

    Cons

    They have been outsourcing for years and have kept pay in the US offices stale for many years. Teams are dispersed across the globe so your work day can be stretched too. People are overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investing in your business means hiring new people AND giving raises to the people who already work for you. You have great people who work for you who you have invested so much in and who have invested so much in the company. Forcing these people to leave because you don't give modest raises seems shortsighted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves 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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    • 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Uncertain future for US offices

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    • 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  9.  

    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
  10. 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
  11.  

    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

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