S&P Ratings

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S&P Ratings Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
259 Reviews
3.3
259 Reviews
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Neeraj Sahai
17 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance plenty of mobility opportunities (in 59 reviews)

  • it's not competitive with the banks, but you really do get a 9 to 5 workday (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Lots of incompetent people especially S&P people who worked there for too long (in 21 reviews)

  • Senior management seriously disconnected with their employees (in 17 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    GREAT COMPANY

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at S&P Ratings

    Pros

    Love working at this company

    Cons

    I have no cons to add

  2.  

    pretty hectic

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at S&P Ratings

    Pros

    manager provided some guidance and some training

    Cons

    office culture wasn't great and pay could be better

  3.  

    Good place to start out, but should be viewed as a stepping stone to better opportunities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at S&P Ratings full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, reasonable amount of hours relative to compensation, interesting work, ability to participate in high level work at an early stage of career.

    Cons

    Firm as a whole is too conservative with its approach to managing the burden of being a regulated entity. Compliance burdens placed on analysts can be excessive at times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company In the Process of Major Restructuring

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY

    I worked at S&P Ratings full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company hires intelligent people to perform its various data services so the environment can be pleasant. There is also an emphasis on work-life balance so while there are times that you may spend over 40 hours a week on an assignment, you are more likely to get out at 5 or 6. Lastly, the pay is competitive with Wall Street firms taking into account the more reasonable hours at S&P.

    Cons

    Human resources and IT practically do not exist. I spent the first week without a log-in for my computer although the company knew weeks in advance that I was coming. HR is so terrible that I had to sign up for my own orientation, an orientation which was scheduled after the date that you had select your benefits. Finally, there is no loyalty to the employees, They are going through some significant restructuring right now under the new president and are letting go of people left and right. I would avoid this company right now if I were you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent work-life balance with good pay. Work is unrewarding and the company is restructuring.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at S&P Ratings full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The worklife balance is very good. I work 9 to 5 every day. Never check my email at nights or on weekends. Excellent pay with good bonuses. Good benefits. company matches up to 6% of 401K contributions.

    Cons

    The culture is stale. There are a lot of people that have been hanging on at this company for years. There is not a culture of excellence. Just going through the motions. The morale is extremely low right now as the company is undergoing a restructuring. They are running some of the dead wood off, but they are also making the product a commodity, sapping the analytical thought out of the rating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to do more with less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    junk rating

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at S&P Ratings full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    not much opportunity here, mgmgt sucks

    Cons

    long hours, terrible management, small raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    clean house again

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what it was, but still a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at S&P Ratings full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work/home balance. most departments allow telecomuting or working from aleternate locations.

    Cons

    Company is slowly changing. Becoming like the big banks. Layoff were unheard of before 2008. Now its all about the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are your asset. Stop outsourcing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Given a lot of freedom and participation as an intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at S&P Ratings as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    They have a good community there; I truly felt like I was part of the team. I was told about what was needed and had the choice to choose my own work as long as it had value. From what I heard, when there were big losses in the 2008 crisis, they definitely seemed to do their best to retain as many people as possible by putting them in other roles.

    Cons

    A few people seemed to be upset that it was not as cutthroat and quick advancing as (other?) finance firms. It did feel more cushy than innovative, though everyone in my department had talent and worked hard. It was just more 9-5 work than round the clock.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Standard and Poor's needs to get it's tech up. There was some old technology being used when I was there, but they are working to modernize (there was a CEO change and the new one seems to be more on top of that).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    S&P is a great place to work with great work/life balance and brilliant coworkers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst II in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst II in New York, NY

    I have been working at S&P Ratings full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - competitive compensation
    - great work/life balance
    - brilliant, pleasant co workers
    - big on giving back to the community and volunteering

    Cons

    - commute
    - expenses conscious upper level management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    This was a Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Clerk in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Office Clerk in New York, NY

    I worked at S&P Ratings as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    From the area it's located in to the buildings interior, from your peers to your overseeing management, from the work load to the praise received for complete assignments, S&P was a wonderful experience for me...

    Cons

    If I still worked at Standard & Poor's I may not have been able to give a con. However, not working amongst my old Team is the only standing issue for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for your continued mentoring!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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