Morningstar

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Morningstar Reviews in London, England

Updated July 9, 2014
Updated July 9, 2014
297 Reviews
3.3
297 Reviews
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Morningstar Chairman and CEO Joe Mansueto
Joe Mansueto
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work/life balance as most people work no more than 45-50 hours per week and casual dress code (in 61 reviews)

  • The work environment is terrific: very collaborative, with a lot of smart people employed there (in 35 reviews)


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

  • Very low pay (as an analyst) compared to other companies in the financial industry (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Morningstar as an intern (less than an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Limited career progression outside of Chicago

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Could do better with rooting out underperformers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Sales Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Gained the best experience from M* in a year.

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

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    In transition but overall good

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

    I worked at Morningstar full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly and supportive environment. Morningstar tries to be flexible around working time, employee events and low hierarchies. People are expected to be quite self-dependent, which in my view is a plus.

    Cons

    Feels like a mid-sized company stuck in start-up structure. But seems like that is being addressed now. The company has grown a lot over the years and the structure isn't made for a larger company but there is some reorganisation going on. There aren't redundancies, only changes in reporting lines but it's been a bit confusing for quite some time impacting morale. That said, it's still a pretty good company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a great company with great potential but communication with employees outside of Chicago isn't always great and make sure you don't lose the performance culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very supportive and fantastic work life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    A very supportive work environment, great work life balance, opportunity to learn is unlimited

    Cons

    A bit of a flat culture makes room for growth seem a little challenging.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overrated - review is for London only

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Morningstar as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment. Flexible working conditions. Senior management approachable.

    Cons

    Senior management has no real power; decisions are made in a collegiate manner, resulting in delayed or no decision-making. Joe Mansueto preaches One Morningstar as the current motto. However, this does not work at all in recently acquired companies, where the corporate culture has nothing in common with other parts of Morningstar: occasional unprofessional behavious from some employees (racist jokes, personal attacks).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not hide behind corporate lingo and be honest with your employees. Many good, experienced employees are dissatisfied, planning to leave or have already left. You are losing real professionals and left with mediocre employees. You value technical people, but do not keep ethics in check. You can have good technical people with ethics, which you seem to overlook.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people, good work life balance.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Loads of great people, lots of opportunities, good products, good work life balance. Joe Mansueto a genuinely inspirational chap.

    Cons

    - International growth is curtailed a little by decision makers lack of international experience (we say 'global', but we don't really do it as well as we could).
    - What is up with the US weighted benefit system! I want my sabbatical!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cost consciousness is sensible and inevitable in the current climate (2012/13), but we are cutting in to muscle in some teams, and leaving lots of fat in others. We really should me more intelligent about where to make savings (bloated teams of developers coding in circles), and where those savings will actually result in costing more (travel to visit clients / train client facing staff).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Intern Review

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

    I have been working at Morningstar as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great people (well, at least at the place I had my intern, which is at London), a lot of them even don't graduate with bus degrees (with history majors, etc.) and they're very friendly, humorous and helpful. Sort of laid back/relaxing work culture. supervisor values intern's creativity.

    Cons

    open space at work, so you need to have the ability to fend off noises from anywhere

    Recommends

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