Morningstar Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Fun Culture, smart people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Morningstar

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

    Pros

    Fun culture, smart people, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Lower compensation. Don't always retain talent.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in growth areas.


  2. Helpful (1)

    After 6 months

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

    I have been working at Morningstar

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

    Pros

    Good ambiance Great office space Dynamic environment Great work life balance

    Cons

    Low salary base Tight budget for traveling


  3. Helpful (2)

    good place to start your career

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

    I have been working at Morningstar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    lots of great people, you can learn a lot.

    Cons

    senior management too far removed from business realities, company stuck in neutral.

    Advice to Management

    clean house.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    Terrible Middle Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Morningstar full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance if you work with the right division (other divisions not so much). I have worked with four. Nice bagel Wednesday. Great office parties. Great health benefits. CEO seems like a very nice person.

    Cons

    There needs to be more checks and balances with middle management, there tends to be a lot of power mongering coming from them. So so for personal growth. Not as transparent as they claim to be.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a better eye on your middle management personnel.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Good work life balance and benefits... sacrificing pay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morningstar

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people; casual environment; smart employees; overall good corporate culture; good convenient office location; benefits; unlimited paid vacation and sabbatical

    Cons

    Pay was very slow moving; bonuses made full take home pretty volatile; being such a large firm accountability was lacking a bit and some colleagues skated by not doing much


  7. Helpful (7)

    Use to be a great place to work.... now not so much

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It offers great work-life balance and is very flexible when you need time off.

    Cons

    As the company has grown it has become more "corporate" and lost a lot of the great things about it. It use to feel like working at a startup but now it is hard to get new ideas/innovations done with all the layers of managers etc. The company is too occupied with being rated as one of the top places to work and when those yearly surveys come out they keep encouraging their employees to rate them high.

    Advice to Management

    Seems like every year or so there is a new major reorganization that is very frustrating so would be nice to have a longer term vision. Also, lots of turnover in the executive roles.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Structured Credit Ratings

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Horsham, PA

    I worked at Morningstar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours. As long as you can get your work done the hours are extremely flexible. Work on some institutional real estate. Travel frequently.

    Cons

    They take all the money that structured credit ratings makes and pump it into the entire Credit Ratings group. So the margins in structured credit are huge but they operate under a one morningstar policy that take those margins and spreads them around to other groups that aren't as profitable.

    Advice to Management

    Understand where your bread is buttered. The turnover has been high recently because management fails to recognize (via bonus pool) where the money for structured credit ratings is coming from.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Morningstar is by far the best company I've had the opportunity to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Solutions Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Client Solutions Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Morningstar

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, bagel day, great benefits, casual dress, nice office space, unlimited beverages on every floor, etc!

    Cons

    Unclear path for career growth


  10. Helpful (3)

    Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equity Analyst
    Current Employee - Equity Analyst

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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to be the point person on a list as a relatively junior analyst. Freedom to research any area of interest under your coverage list.

    Cons

    Lack of resources for traveling and researching companies and industries. Straddling costs for trying to serve multiple end markets.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Best days are behind it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morningstar full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great brand, generally nice people.

    Cons

    Product pipeline for new revenue sources is very dry. No real process for effective strategic planning or new product development. The have software, data and consulting. But...fundamentally they are a research company with a great brand. Therein lies the strength and most limiting self imposed weakness.



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