Morningstar Reviews

Updated July 11, 2015
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Morningstar Chairman and CEO Joe Mansueto
Joe Mansueto
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Pros
  • The work-life balance can not be emphasized enough (in 61 reviews)

  • Entrepreneurial, surrounded by very smart people in a challenging work environment (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • High staff turnover at all levels including senior management (in 14 reviews)

  • Low pay compared to peers in the market (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Interview question for software developer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Morningstar full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work, company atmosphere and growth

    Cons

    Salary, incentives, and senior management

    Advice to Management

    Look after employees


  2. Helpful (3)

    Could be so much better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Morningstar full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good brand and clear strategic vision from management. Joe Mansueto has a clear vision of where the company is heading. Work flexibility implying great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Low pay. 50% of employees in the London office are poorly qualified, but all people in the same team are treated in the same way, as regards compensation, promotions and titles. This results in teams where there is huge disparity in performance and frustration for those who feel that they are not valued as their unqualified and inexperienced colleagues are treated in the same way or better. Those who have joined as a result of acquisitions are the worst. The company tolerates their underperformance and their shirking work (e.g. hiding in meeting rooms). Generally, the impression is that suckers are best rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Are your ideas really being implemented across the whole company, i.e. to all levels of employees across global offices? It is all great to do multimedia presentations but are the ideas actually being implemented? It is not being seen at employee level.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Client Support

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Morningstar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and possibility to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Collaboration between internal teams could be stronger.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Great ethics, corporate culture and work-life flexibility.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mutual Fund Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Mutual Fund Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Morningstar

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working for an organisation that genuinely has the best interests of the investing public at the forefront of all its fund ratings and recommendations.

    Cons

    A career path for fund analysts is severely lacking and salaries are much lower than the market norm.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Ambitious and relaxed

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Morningstar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Environment and attitude make it both a challenging and enjoyable place to work. Great people.

    Cons

    Total rewards could be better, I understand other firms pay better in the sector.

    Advice to Management

    Replace leavers faster.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Limited career progression outside of Chicago

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Morningstar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable benefit package; casual dress policy; free breakfast on weds; annual training stipend and summer hours. Providing you have worked 40 hours prior to noon on Friday you can leave early on Fridays during the summer.

    Cons

    Chicago set policy with limited consideration for international cultures. Anti-telecommuting. Conference calls are scheduled in the evening with no consideration for international participants. Salaries are under industry standards. Figuring out internal procedures can be very challenging.

    Advice to Management

    To be a truly global company key positions should be considered outside of Chicago. Don't mistake visibility for productivity in this day and age being in the office is not a prerequisite to performing your role. In fact many telecommuters work longer hours and are more productive due to less interruptions.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Could do better with rooting out underperformers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Morningstar full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. Clear company focus and plan for growth.

    Cons

    The company is always working on cutting inefficiencies but unfortunately doing it the wrong way. They are unable to get rid of underperformers whom they move about from department to department (one has been there for 15 years and wreaks havoc wherever he is sent), heavily damaging existing teams' operations and performance.

    Advice to Management

    Show that you value your employees: look at actual performance and not rely on people who blow their own trumpet. Show leadership by getting rid of underperformers. If a wrong hiring decision has been made, you are the one who can reverse it.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Morningstar as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work life balance was great . Everyone was very nice and there was a great company culture in the summer they had friday afternoon off.

    Cons

    There will limited exit opportunities from the internship. Sometimes the work environment was too slow and struggled to find good work to do.


  10. Sales Specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Morningstar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed working environment & some market-leading products

    Cons

    Company struggling to meaningfully expand beyond core proposition - no real decisions made outside US.

    Advice to Management

    Need to devolve decision-making authority to some non-US management.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Gained the best experience from M* in a year.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Morningstar full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great friendly/casual culture and atmosphere. The office environment is not made to feel overly corporate which is great. The most senior members of management share the office space with all other employees, the company does not put extreme amounts of emphasis on hierarchy.

    Cons

    Salary is a little below average. Not much room for growth. All major decisions are made in the US, time differences makes communications quite difficult.



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