S&P Capital IQ
3.3 of 5 202 reviews
www.spcapitaliq.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

S&P Capital IQ Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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72% Approve of the CEO

S&P Capital IQ President Lou Eccleston

Lou Eccleston

(58 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Competitive salary, Great work life balance, perks, less pressure"
    in 26 reviews
  • "Strong learning culture, friendly work environment"
    in 20 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior management has no interest in investing in employees and assisting in development"
    in 13 reviews
  • "No Learning- After 6 months your learning curve falls and get ready to do the same stuff for the rest of your life"
    in 7 reviews
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    10 people found this helpful  

    Irrecoverable from Downward Spiral

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsPrior to Sr. Management's misguided "house cleaning":
    *Hard work was acknowledged and rewarded
    *Work/life balance was actually taken seriously
    *Emphasis was placed on innovation and creativity

    ConsNow that almost EVERYONE from Technology (Development + Infrastructure) has quit since May 2011, there is hardly any knowledge transfer and an embarrassing zero mentor-ship. Turnover has become too much of a problem and has sent this company into a downward spiral that even those who have stuck around secretly acknowledge is irrecoverable.

    CIQ used to be a place of innovation and has now turned into a bureaucracy of cronyism. Each individual has his own personal agenda and strife is rampant. Total lack of communication as well, which has actually led to two different groups developing the same application without collaboration and neither side was aware of the other.

    To make things worse, an initiative to re-organize the company without serious foresight into the complications of integration from an IT perspective has cause numerous frustrations and missed deadlines.

    There's no turning back at this point - they just let way too many smart people leave at the wrong times. The saddest part is that this company will never fail - there is too much money that can be poured in. However, it has become and will remain a mediocre/ industry player (NOT the leader it used to be).

    Advice to Senior ManagementI cannot offer any. You've already destroyed what was once a great company. The fact that you do not even see what is wrong nor have done anything to address it is astounding. Just like King Midas, everything you've touched appears to be "turned to gold", when really, you've just permanently frozen everything. Yet all you see is gold and think you've done a wonderful job. Wake up and drink the coffee instead of the Kool-Aid. I hear they are still serving the Kool-Aid at TR.

    I feel sorry for you when the customers finally realize how much your choices and actions have stifled a great platform and they leave...

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

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    Organization suits for below average people

    Junior Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Hyderābād (India)

    ProsEasy to get job
    Easy work
    Cool going

    ConsWorst Corporate culture
    High level politics
    Poor pay
    Poor in team work

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter to review recruitment policy while recruiting people in Management team.
    Have to check the attitude of the person along with qualification which is not happening now.

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

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    The DMV of Financial Services

    Database Engineer (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsIt used to be great to work here before everyone that knew technology quit

    ConsImagine every aspect of the DMV (slowness, incompetence and lack of motivation) and now apply that to a technology company and you have CIQ. In the past 4 months, 2/5's of the executive board have quit under Lou Eccleston and the technology organization has seen a 40% attrition rate. Anyone with any domain knowledge and technical expertise has quit leaving junior engineers without mentors and leaving the rest of the company without focus which is apparent in their lack of new development outside of boring maintenance projects

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut all senior management and start new.

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

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    sinking ship

    (Current Employee)

    ProsIt's certainly quite easy to have a great work life balance. From a workload perspective, it's quite a low pressure environment and the pay is average.

    ConsPeople are leaving in droves leaving the future quite uncertain. Management has resorted to having some people escorted out by HR when they quit. This creates a bit of a a hostile environment and attitude towards management. Also it's confusing because people are leaving without any transition of their work and responsibilities. If you don't have a thick skin for corporate America, it may not be the place for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's not too late to admit your mistakes and try to turn things around.

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

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    Getting worse by the day...

    Client Development Associate (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsBest co-workers that one could ask for, work/life balance is more like life/work, little to no accountability for your actions.

    ConsThe culture at CIQ encourages you to perform at a mediocre level. There are very smart people here who work their tails off, and it isn't rewarded in the slightest. Tenure seems to be the biggest factor when it comes to titles, compensation, respect, etc. Don't expect a shred of meritocracy at this company, and forget being adequately compensated for your job, this place has gone from being a standout firm to an absolute clown show in barely two years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up and realize that unless you start respecting (and paying) your top talent, its all going to leave the building. You think losing 2-3 key people a week would send a signal.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Passion, potential and longterm opportunity gone; standard S&P mentality arrived with departure of old managment.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCapital IQ was a great experience for me. I learnt a lot and had the opportunity to be part of a fast growing organization within a larger enterprise. Capital IQ was and is well respected in the financial community and has good name recognition (although somewhat less known here than in the US where it was founded.)

    ConsEarlier this year, all of the senior managers left upon disagreements with the parent company about future direction. Previous turnover had been almost none in many years. Capital IQ used to be a coherent, complete organization and has been broken apart and included in a larger part of Standard and Poors. The passion for the business has gone and, whilst the new leadership at the Capital IQ level may have its heart in the right place, the same cannot be said for the next level up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlthough some changes to align with overall direction are understandable, do not lose what made Capital IQ able to compete and grow so successfully for a long time against much larger players.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Immature management. Capital IQ needs to grow up

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsVery good benefits package, courtesy of McGraw-Hill - employer's contribution to pension is very generous, healthcare, subsidised gym.
    Decent offices.

    ConsManagement run the company like some Jonestown cult. Unless you drink the Kool Aid, it's impossible to progress.
    Favoured staff have jobs created for them for which they have no relevant experience or talent. The place is way-overstaffed.
    Despite overt friendly atmosphere, when you scratch the surface you'll find that Capital IQ is a very nasty company. Colleagues spy on each other & report back to management if co-workers have taken too long lunch breaks (I'm not exagerating here).
    Morale is extremely low.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMcGraw-Hill Financial needs to step in & take control & inject some maturity into this place. Hopefully Peter Deboer can help Capital IQ grow up.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for college hires

    Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Proscasual dress code, work hour flexibility, not much face time, friendly people, no one really cares what you're working on

    Consno room for growth, no one gets promoted, very flat organization, company doesn't value additional education, old-timers run the organization

    Advice to Senior Managementshould hire more outside talent as management here has a very narrow view of the company and the world outside

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Capital IQ is not where you want to be!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Centennial, CO

    ProsNothing comes to mind. Hard work, customer satisfaction and ethics are all lost on this company. They are based out of India and are costing us all jobs!

    ConsCapital IQ is on the edge of failure. They have a lack of focus on the customer and are only concerned about corporate profit which are down 40% from 2009. The product offering and data quality are well below industry standards and only matched by free internet products.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWith the recent reorganization you know the writings on the wall. McGraw-Hill will spin you off and sell Capital IQ. Unfortunately they will never be able to recover the inflated price they paid for you. Cents on the dollar!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Cliquish environment - not recommended for minorities and/or foreigners

    Junior Developer (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsCapital IQ has very lax dress codes. On a hot summer day, it's common to see employees in sandals and shorts. Capital IQ, from time to time, has these 'Townhall' meetings on Fridays (typically) where employees, management, owners of the company get together for beers. These 'townhall' meetings usually coincide with important milestones of the company such as a big software release or the end of a raving month for sales. Management is generally OK with people taking their vacation at any time as long as you let them know ahead of time (a month or so, the earlier the better).

    ConsEmployees, save managers and senior employees, don't get the respect they deserve. You can and will get funny looks. Occasionally, one may even be made a laughing stock (literally). The lack of professionalism in this respect is rather shocking. Ongoing popularity contests are part and parcel of the work environment here. In order for employees to gain recognition, they *will* have to engage in small talk involving baseball and the like, as well as going out to bars with senior managers. As a result, employees who do not fit in culturally are ostracized, and often have to endure subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) hostility in a less-than-diverse work environment.

    Senior employees and management are very self-centered in their approach to problems and ways of doing things. They are generally unaware of this. Alternative ideas or suggestions are often shot down almost purely due to this factor. Management has poor (over-aggressive) estimates for project management. Quality-assurance teams are completely out-sourced. Communication barriers and time zone differences can lead to frustrating and inefficient debugging cycles. CIQ doesn't have formal employee training. Their philosophy is similar to how eagles teach their younglings how to fly - survival of the fittest. You are expected to learn and adapt to many things in a short amount of time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease the level of professionalism amongst lower level employees. Promote diversity within the company. Provide more training for new employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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