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S&P Ratings Reviews

Updated December 23, 2014
Updated December 23, 2014
272 Reviews
3.2
272 Reviews
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Neeraj Sahai
24 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at S&P Ratings

    Pros

    Casual culture, Great views, Friendly employees

    Cons

    Lack of exposure to other groups

  2.  

    Excellent Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at S&P Ratings

    Pros

    - fair pay
    -good hours
    -good people

    Cons

    -limited upside
    -continual changing of policies

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    director

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    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

    work life balance, low pressure

    Cons

    culture & value, politics, pay, growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start your career in financial services.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Research Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities for personal growth, but you have to take the initiative. There are lots of training courses to help you to become a better analyst and to gain industry knowledge. Great work/life balance and not to much overtime.

    Cons

    Nepotism. You must have a mentor or a senior analyst to guide you, or speak up for you, or career advancement could be an upward struggle and you can be relegated to a secondary role.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company with some dysfunctional groups, as with any company.

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Excellent company to learn about credit markets. Despite a lot of noise we hear about ratings agencies in the media, most of the analysts are honest and diligent. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Some departments are more dysfunctional than others. Technology organization is not accountability orientated, rather very constraints driven with no innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Institute and accountability based culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    average

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    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

    great work life benefits. The company and senior mgt allow employees to work from home when necessary as long as work quality is not compromised. You also cannot complain about the pay, which is reasonable for analysts in the ratings business. The hours are also very reasonable, albeit at times you do have to put in the hours during rush times.

    Cons

    a LOT of processes and different people touching the products (at least in the ratings side). It is difficult to get things done, and it seems at time we 'reinvent' the wheel more than is necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that the fundamentals of ratings is to give investors an opinion of the credit risk. Allow the analysts to provide analytic. Also know that at times, the analytic is qualitative and not quantitative, so we can't possibly put into numbers why we arrive at a certain rating.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good learnings

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    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

    work life balance is good one

    Cons

    no growth opportunities for middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to embrace risk consulting like Moody's and Big Four

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Rewarding

    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great room for advancement if manager liked you.

    Cons

    Some managers based raises on their opinion of you instead of work performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat workers like you would want to be treated

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    Good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at S&P Ratings full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very stable job in nyc.

    Cons

    Compensation is a bit on the low side.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    S&P

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance and benefits are great. You also have a lot of autonomy in your job.

    Cons

    S&P is very political and has a lot of red tape. Getting things accomplished often takes a lot longer than necessary. Advancing within the company is also quite difficult once you get to a certain level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent. Reward employees that do well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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