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Moody's Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
Moody's – New York – “Old Moody's Office”

All Employees Current Employees Only

3.2 193 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Moody's Chairman and CEO Ray McDaniel Jr.

Ray McDaniel Jr.

(109 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Relatively good work/life balance, not a highly pressurized environment(in 61 reviews)

  • Access to senior management of issuing companies and other intermediaries(in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • friendly environment Good work-life balance(in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management does not think highly about developers(in 10 reviews)

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    Never ever join any of the Planning groups

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee)

    Pros- Good exposure with senior management
    - Plenty of work to do

    Cons- Long hours
    - Horrible pay
    - No recognition
    - Everyone in team is treated like a replaceable product

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo something about the Planning groups, they have the lowest BES score in all of Moody's for a reason.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK if you are not ambitious

    Executive Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsJob Security, decent benefits, work life is good

    ConsDeceptive HR practices, poor review system

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to career development opportunities esp. related to manager feedback

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent hours, lousy pay

    Associate Analyst II (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsFlexible hours, some semblance of work-life balance

    ConsLOW LOW LOW LOW pay

    Advice to Senior Managementtry to start investing in your people, just try

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Favorable

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood people, like the work

    ConsMoney, regulation, could become stuck

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to foster relationships

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Good experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood environment, great learning experience

    ConsSometimes lack of motivation from other colleagues

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    Nice People and Good Lifestyle

    Senior Associate (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsNice people for the most part; great hours for the most part; rarely had to work too late; good work-life balance

    ConsCareer growth opportunities were limited; work was slightly tedious

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up!

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    Opportunities for interns if you are in a good department

    Intern (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGenerally friendly people
    Intelligent managers. Senior management is smart
    Good work life balance
    As an intern, opportunities to take on challenging and important projects if you're lucky

    ConsSomewhat low energy / enthusiasm environment
    Bureaucracy
    Questionable IT system
    As an intern, possible to slip through the cracks and get forgotten

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnergize the culture
    Solve ethical issues in the issuer pays business model

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Jumped from top tier management consulting firm, was highly disappointed

    Project Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsDepending on how you like to work, Moody's has a culture where almost everyone at the mid-level and up gets an office. In general people leave the office between 5 and 6. Pay can be good for the level of effort required. Travel is very minimal.

    ConsOperating Environment: The office layout (at least at Headquarters - 7 WTC in NYC) does not facilitate interaction. People call each other on the phone in neighboring offices rather than meet with them face to face. Does not feel like a collaborative, innovative youthful company so be aware of this is you are coming from management consulting or technology. The internal technology (mobile devices, data systems, workflow systems, personal computers, remote work technologies etc.) are all probably 10 years behind. I was surprised when I started at how antiquated the technology was. There does not appear to be a lot of appetite for updating technologies so the outlook going forward remains negative.

    Culture: Moody's seems to have a very conservative business culture. Decisions can take a long time to get made and can result in "analysis paralysis". The firm feels and looks older from the design of the office to the people filling them, not a great place for a recent entrant from a top tier program looking to develop. Very limited training and development offerings. There do not seem to be a lot of team building events.

    Overall this experience has not met up to expectations compared to previous top 25 best places to work firms.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnhance workplace technologies
    Learn why all the top firms have embraced mobility technologies
    Tear down the walls and the bureaucracies that reinforce them
    Create a robust training and professional development program for all levels (AA - MD)
    Attract youth and try to retain them
    Continue your success at creating an inclusive environment
    Work on making the firm more "fun" within the confines of a financially successful company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very dependent on which team you work for...

    Associate Analyst I (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat job security. Reasonable flexible around work/life balance, working from home when needed, etc. Analysts have good visibility to the market, and can land well. Your experience is highly dependent on which team you land on.

    ConsSenior analysts have been around forever and aren't going anywhere, leading to stale thinking in some cases. Nearly impossible to be promoted from AA1 to Analyst, especially in FIG and CFG, where managers work you to death and keep changing goalposts. Stay away from FIG. Seriously.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean house with some of the group managing directors and other senior people, especially who directly led to the crisis. Try to care about the career trajectory of the junior analysts/ workhorses.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to start

    Analyst (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Prosa lot of things you can learn. it is good to a new entry level person. a lot of opportunities.

    Conssome departments did the overlapped job. let me feel slightly confused.

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