Moody's
3.2 of 5 188 reviews
www.moodys.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Moody's Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2014
Moody's – New York – “Old Moody's Office”

All Employees Current Employees Only

3.2 188 reviews

                             

68% Approve of the CEO

Moody's Chairman and CEO Ray McDaniel Jr.

Ray McDaniel Jr.

(107 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
188 Employee Reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in

Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Relatively good work/life balance, not a highly pressurized environment"
    in 59 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
  • Show more review highlights

Reviews

    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    Good people in the group but dirty politics in Executives

    Vice President (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Proseasy going co-operative environment, work - life balance

    Constoo much politics in executive management

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

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    A few Years of experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat Co-Workers and very helpful

    ConsMore room needed to grow

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood Job

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

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • No Opinion of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    A good company to stay

    Associate Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsDifferent from a sales type of job, you don't have much pressure to pursue a market share or profit. Workflow in general is controllable.

    ConsHeavy regulation need to comply. Sometimes work hour is crazy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet up more incentives to encourage.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
  • We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    You get what you get paid for

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsSome excellent managers, low-pressure work atmosphere, high-profile clients, reputable brand name, great benefits packages, large company with many groups and job functions so moving around is possible.

    ConsHighly hierarchical, managers are often hired from outside rather than promoted from within, strict pecking order means responsibilities are limited based on seniority rather than ability, weak company culture--groups are segmented and teams are highly independent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow junior staff that there are opportunities to be promoted.

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Disapproves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Learn then move to I-bank

    Associate Analyst (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsVery intellectual, excellent learning opportunity, analytically rigorous, breadth and depth of experience, good work life balance for senior analysts asdf

    ConsLower pay than street comparables, don't get too comfortable, frequent junior attrition to banks, Too many tedious tasks for CYA and regulatory scrutiny

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Disapproves of CEO

    7 people found this helpful  

    An Environment Full of Red Tape, run like a Gov't Agency.

    Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros- Good work like balance
    - If you are efficient you can leave at a reasonable time
    - Pretty standard hours for a finance firm for Business Analysts (9-5)
    - Pay is ok.
    - The building is very modern and clean.
    - Slow-paced environment (if you like to take it easy because you refuse to be challenged and like to become complacent, which appears to be the case for roughly over half the people here)

    Cons- Meetings, meetings, and more endless meetings.
    --- 25% of the effort is PLANNING the work that you will do.
    --- 15% of the effort is DOING the actual work.
    --- 25% of the effort is CHASING DOWN people to review and finally approve of your work.
    --- 10% of the effort is ANSWERING DUMB QUESTIONS for people who originally was supposed to have read your analysis document.
    --- 10% of the effort is ARGUING with stakeholders weeks/months later to explain why your work was presented clearly and COUNTERING their accusations of gaps in your work.
    --- 15% of the remaining effort is to wrap up your final document and send it off for even further signoff.

    - A culture where management takes forever to make effective decisions.
    - True superstars should look elsewhere. Your great ideas and strong passion for effecting change will not likely happen at Moody's. You will not be recognized here. You will like it here though if you like to settle down and do good enough of a job and just enough work to not get fired.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow BA's to provide reviews for their stakeholders and managers. Need to instill a culture of responsive feedback with extra discipline on quicker answers and decision making, not take a whole week to get a response from someone or require constant email reminders and messages to effect a response from someone.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Learn something new everyday. Strong internal continuing education programs.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsI am surrounded by smart and intelligent people.

    ConsSenior management leadership training is needed to more fully development management skills.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmbrace the talent, knowledge and experience from all of the new employees hired over the past few years.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • No Opinion of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Experience of AAs is highly dependent on your group/team.

    Associate Analyst (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsYour experience in highly dependent on the competence of the senior analysts you work with on a daily basis. In general, most analysts are extremely knowledgeable and you can learn a great deal from them.

    ConsCompensation is not inline with the workload expected of Associate Analyst. There is limited opportunity for advancement within the firm because the senior analysts tend to be less active in career movement than other financial firms. Dealing with compliance and regulatory issues are constant hassles.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Disapproves of CEO

    5 people found this helpful  

    This company sucks despite my successful multi continent career at Moody's

    Associate Analyst (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsInternational presence, access to senior management, access to regulators, international opportunities

    ConsManagement is a joke, pay is extremely uncompetitive and cost culture trumps any achievements you may have. I would highly recommend looking elsewhere. Even if you're running laps around people, they'll find a way to give you a lower performance rating than you would otherwise garner to prevent giving larger bonus. Not just my experience, but pretty common across the board, globally. You can exceed expectations any for 5 years and not get promoted, even at junior levels.

    Ok for a year or two out of college, or a place to let your career wind down while getting some level of pay, but that's about it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't know where to start.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    A decent company to work for.

    Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsMoody's highly supports employees to advance their careers. Moody's is very collaborative, team oriented culture.

    ConsExpect to work long hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think many groups are under staff.

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
RSS Feed Embed

Worked for Moody's? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.

Glassdoor is your free inside look at Moody's reviews and ratings — including employee satisfaction and approval rating for Moody's CEO Ray McDaniel Jr. All 188 reviews posted anonymously by Moody's employees.