S&P Ratings Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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Neeraj Sahai
38 Ratings

Pros
  • Work-life balance is generally supported (in 62 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)

  • Every 2-3 years senior management changed and sought to change the way the job was done (in 17 reviews)

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  1. S&P Sovereign Ratings

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at S&P Ratings

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For those with Economics Degrees who want to work with Macroeconomics, this is a nice opportunity. International students (J-1 and F-1 visas) are ok

    Cons

    Managers travel a lot and sometimes don't have time to give interns much attention. But this doesn't prevent the job for being an incredible learning experience.

    Advice to Management

    I haven't think of anything yet. Maybe I will write something down later. But for now I really cannot think of anything.


  2. Current

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Staten Island, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Staten Island, NY

    I have been working at S&P Ratings (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work relationships and ERG support

    Cons

    Management changes are not exactly clear


  3. Collaborative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Hoboken, NJ
    Current Employee - Vice President in Hoboken, NJ

    I have been working at S&P Ratings (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative culture that facilitates creative thinking

    Cons

    People are not held accountability in a consistent fashion


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  5. Director, Public Finance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Municipal Bond Credit Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Municipal Bond Credit Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at S&P Ratings full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Work flexibility, generally smart and conscientious co-workers

    Cons

    management is reactionary and mid level managers are rotated too frequently, there never seems to be a plan in place - or a plan never stays in effect for long. You get whiplash.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Managing Director

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY

    I worked at S&P Ratings full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -- Good work/life balance
    -- Wonderful dedicated staff
    -- Good 401k matching program

    Cons

    -- Leadership changes impacting morale of talented employees
    -- Overly reliant on outside consultants
    -- Incremental cuts to health care benefits

    Advice to Management

    The top leadership changes had critical impact across entire corporation. Employees understand need to change, adapt and modernize but was handled poorly and at expense of dedicated employees. Look at ratio between consultants, legal, compliance and analysts -- there is a significant imbalance.


  7. Helpful (2)

    good work/life balance

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

    I worked at S&P Ratings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    very good environment, managers are very supportive, a lot of opportunity to learn and collaborate within the firm. As an intern, the pay is high.

    Cons

    not easy to get a return offer. The headcount for a return offer is very limited. According to the full time employees, the year end bonus is low too.


  8. Playing Make Believe

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

    I worked at S&P Ratings full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and good place to get started if you have no other options. They won't fire you if you are a weak performer and cheap - folks be honest with yourselves, you know who you are.

    Cons

    Citi management took over in 2014 and fired all the lifers that were socially awkward and expensive but sure knew credit and their industries. All good and not socially awkward mid level analysts left when the job market recovered. Both were back filled with cheap scrubs that don't know credit or their industries and are playing make believe along with sr. management; both are incentivized to improve margins, which only comes at the expense of diluting the ratings products in which the company has a monopoly so who cares, right? Unfortunately there are not too many good analysts left to run the business or learn from if you are jr. The company should start to lose market share in 3-5 years when competition heats up and investors/companies/bankers realize they are paying a bunch of morons that are hiding behind a brand, which is much longer than it would take for sr. management to get paid on meeting the margin goals. If you are an investor, this is actually a positive for the stock - just know when to get out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work; I applaud your ability to maximize shareholder value in the monopoly you took over. Cash in those stock options before the decline in market share. Citi model seems to be working well so far!


  9. overall good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at S&P Ratings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company culture, supportive management system

    Cons

    Old fashion Culture and delayed technology, but it's attempting to change

    Advice to Management

    Invest more funding in better more efficient technology


  10. Helpful (1)

    Would not recommend

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at S&P Ratings full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people, collaborative work environment, decent benefits.

    Cons

    The company changed its priorities over past year to focus on protecting itself from lawsuits rather than analytical excellence. Legal, compliance, external consultants, and outsourced support staff vastly outnumber the analytical staff who historically did the real work. Leadership refuses accountability and is actively passing any potential liabilities on to the analysts - which is the exact opposite of true leadership. Overreaction to external regulation (imposing EU regulatory practices on US offices when there is no requirement). Very sad when close-knit groups who survived the financial crisis are ultimately reorganized by management consultants.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes the best course of action is to trust in employees and Let It Be.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Research Asst.

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

    I have been working at S&P Ratings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Collaborate Atmosphere
    -You will learn a lot
    -Great stepping stone to other jobs or get on the CFA track quick to get promoted from within.

    Cons

    -Role is unstructured, you can make it great or it can swallow you whole with mundane work.

    Advice to Management

    -Role out a regimented program that grows young associates.



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