RiskMetrics
3.6 of 5 43 reviews
www.riskmetrics.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated May 25, 2014
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RiskMetrics Chairman & CEO, MSCI Henry A. Fernandez

Henry A. Fernandez

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    Working for RiskMetrics was one of the best employment experiences of my career.

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsRiskMetrics had a culture that promoted and rewarded competence, and strong hiring practices that ensured you would be working alongside people who were good at what they did. Senior management promoted an egalitarian culture that is uncommon in the finance industry, and put real effort into making everyone feel valued. Risk-taking was encouraged, and failure was generally seen as a learning experience that wouldn't necessarily cost anyone their job or seriously damage their career. The best part for me was being surrounded by smart colleagues who were strongly committed, challenged me and helped me raise my game, no matter what the context. It wasn't always fun, but it was always worth the effort.

    ConsRiskMetrics was never a very large company in terms of headcount, job turnover was relatively low for the industry, and opportunities for advancement were consequently few. Management structures were reorganized frequently, but never to very great effect. Sometimes it seemed like they were just reshuffling chairs. There was a core group of people with a lot of equity who were effectively a protected class, and over the years a few of them were warehoused in ineffective roles just to keep them around. There was a lot of gossip and back-biting, which could sometimes amount to a meaningful distraction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI still consider Ethan Berman the smartest and most effective senior executive I've ever worked for. He cared about every employee of the firm, and demonstrated it by his actions in matters large and small. He treated everyone with respect and integrity, made sure that the overall mission of the firm was clearly communicated, and that everyone understood how their role fit into that mission. Moreover, he made sure that everyone shared in the firm's financial success at least to some extent, so that every employee felt that they had some skin in the game. I wish more companies were like RiskMetrics in that respect, and that more CEOs were like Ethan.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    MSCI Killed the RMG Star

    Senior Associate (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsRiskmetrics was a start-up inhabiting the body of a publicly traded financial firm. It was a magnet for people who loved finance but weren't big fans of Wall Street's cultural rot. Working there was a privilege.

    Cons- Compensation was not good, and they often renegged on compensation promises.
    - MSCI snuffed out many of the best aspects of the culture when they made the acquisition. It became less innovative, and people who were once empowered entrepreneurs were turned into drones.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your people, don't just enrich yourselves from their efforts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience working for this company. One of the best.

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Norman, OK

    ProsFlexible schedule, casual dress, great people, stock options, decent pay, great bonuses, fun work.

    ConsDidn't always have control of projects. Often long hours being a start-up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI wish you hadn't sold us, although I did ok with the stock options

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    For being an "open" company, blind-sided by lack of communication

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexible work schedule, casual, and friendly environment. Atmosphere sometimes a little too casual.

    ConsLack of constructive feed-back from management. It would be helpful to have constructive criticism if there are performance issues.

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    Good company, a real growth company in the old fashioned Wall Street world

    Business Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsLots of young professionals, like a summer camp

    ConsAlmost no cons, the growth of the company is under question right now.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A place where you can find smart, driven and successful colleagues.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsHard working individuals supporting solid products. Competitive benefits and salaries offer great balance.

    ConsHard work breeds long hours which makes work/life balance difficult to achieve.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A solid place to work

    Sales (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsRiskMetrics had a great, laid-back culture, nice people and very good benefits. Compensation was fair compared to other companies, and management generally showed respect for workers. The company seemed to promote a very strong work-life balance.

    ConsWhile the people were very friendly, the culture was sometimes dry--mostly because a lot of people lacked social skills. While I think it was a good place to work, there seemed to be few opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think management should work a bit more on continued training and development of current employees and also offer more opportunities to younger, less experienced workers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Acquisition by MSCI is a bid culture clash. It's much more rigid, less entrepreneurial, more bureaucratic and less fun

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe people are extremely smart, dedicated, curious, and humble and relaxed. That is changing with MSCI merger, but that legacy won't die too easily.

    You are given the opportunity to run with your ideas.

    Th culture is flat, and fun and relaxed, even thought it's Wall St.

    ConsCost cutting is so aggressive and arbitrary that it canibalizes growth in business lines that really ought to be growing.

    Lots of big promises that are consistently broken.

    The pay is significantly below average.

    Flat structure often means there are too many cooks to move things forward.

    Emphasis on being respectful and empathetic, means that incompetent, conniving people who are also pretty nice guys, get promoted.

    MSCI does not and will not recognize how much the culture keeps us loyal, and there is a massive exodus of talent which has begun and will not abate anytime soon

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay people better. Judge businesses by their results rather than their mangers' charm offensives.
    And ensure that MSCI doesn;t do to RiskMetrics what they did to Barra, (gut the culture superimpose a one-size fits all strategy, and subsequently trigger a year-on-year reduction in revenue and earnings.)

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    Change the world?

    Research Analyst (Former Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    ProsRiskMetrics has a very diverse group of employees from different cultural and professional background which makes for interesting conversations and interactions.

    ConsDecision-making is more driven by office politics and hearsay than by rational objectivity. There is little accountability for poor performance at upper managerial levels.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRMG should adopt a more qualitative approach to evaluating in-house talent and developing it and drop the heavy focus on head count. Not all apples are the same.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    RiskMetrics, before acquisition, was a good place to work but accountability should have been more of a priority.

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsRiskMetrics culture is one that allows employees to develop through collaboration with other teams. There is no division between groups, but more of a group effort to deliver a product. All offices have an open office layout, making management of all levels completely accessible.

    ConsRiskMetrics has historically suffered from a lack of focus in delivering superior products. The company has not been good about enforcing accountability. If a project fails, repeatedly, changes are slowly (if at all) effected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's too late to offer advice to management as RiskMetrics has now been acquired by another firm. One year ago, it would have been relevant to say that the company needed to focus on delivering new products that are superior to what has been pushed out for the past several years and that management changes needed to be made.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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