S&P Ratings Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Software Developer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Very few. To some people it can be a step stone. A lot of engineers are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    The salary is probably on the low end in the similar industry. Very boring applications, boring management. It is funny when I realize how easy one can have a title as director or lead developer without a bit of management skils and technical experience. But it is probably typical in financial industry. If you are interviewing with them, keep in mind ask them how long the position has been open, is it a replacement or an new opening. Most importantly ask how much actual software design work you are expected to do as compared to support and bug fixing. Don't be fooled and intimidated. This is New York City, if you are not happy, (especially with some of the rare to find abusive directors or lead) you can leave the next day and there are much better opportunites.


  2. Helpful (8)

    Stay Away...

    • 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 full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, telecommuting, work/life balance, vacation time = Only reasons to be a lifer here especially if you have a family

    Cons

    Consultants brought in to change everything. Morale is low and turn over is high. No one likes the new changes, huddles and white boards. Wake up this is why employees are leaving the company. Layoffs. Icy management.

    Advice to Management

    Losing talent over new changes. Employees don't like the new changes going on and you just ignore them and think they will adjust. You only care about saving money not making your employees happy. Run a survey on how many people have left Corp Ratings after consultants came in instead of asking for a weekly "anonymous" survey where no will tell the truth of how they really feel. New floor plans are not popular.


  3. Work with incredibly intelligent people with a culture similar to that of an educational institution.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Denver, CO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The work is challenging and there are always opportunities to improve. Projects seem to be a good way to move up and make a name for yourself.

    Cons

    Job security is one. Also an issue is pay, been here for a few years and still haven't seen a significant increase in pay.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more innovative, we seem to be stuck in our ways. Less innovation leads to poor public perception and lawsuits from the DOJ.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    Creating franchise risk

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ok place to learn if placed in a good group. Access to c suite from rated companies. People generally willing to help.

    Cons

    Too much change being implemented too fast which is creating franchise risk. Morale is low. Existing managers expect more than they had to deliver to become managers. Compensation misaligned with work.

    Advice to Management

    The easiest thing to do is to cut expenses. In s&p's case revenues will not be impacted and margins will go up. But the quality of the work will go down. Let analysts be analysts and realize that good analysts need time to do their work. Reduce beurocracy and reward people that work hard, otherwise the talented people will find a job elsewhere. Stop and think about the company's future, not your compensation today.


  6. Helpful (7)

    Huge changes

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Current Employee - Associate Director

    I have been working at S&P Ratings full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The actual analytic work is rewarding. Collegial environment, Flexible working conditions

    Cons

    Regulation is causing administrative overload. We are being spread too thin

    Advice to Management

    Off-shoring is not working. There aren't enough hours in the day to do all that senior management thinks are "must" priorities. Hire appropriate staffing levels in the analytic ranks. Oversight staffing has run amok.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Some times good sometimes very bad

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

    I have been working at S&P Ratings

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

    Pros

    Great experience to gain inside information on industries.

    Cons

    The work is second place to presentation and politics.

    Advice to Management

    None. Its a quasi government entity that has no real skin in the game.


  8. Great people, improving culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at S&P Ratings

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

    Pros

    Lots of insightful and intelligent people to work with - lots of opportunities to work on different kinds of projects, and gain useful experience. Collaborative environment, with a focus on teamwork, and a great culture that encourages a real work-life balance.

    Cons

    Can sometimes get bogged down in bureaucracy. The size of the organization makes rapid change difficult, and sometimes the lifer mentality can get to you.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to build from the ground up - encourage innovation and new ideas.


  9. It is a great place to work. A lot of great people. First time working with a rating agency. Will continue.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a great place to work. A lot of great people. First time working with a rating agency. Will continue.

    Cons

    Very uncoordinated work environment. Lack of transparency.


  10. Helpful (11)

    Stay Away if you want to be a credit analyst.

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

    I have been working at S&P Ratings

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

    Pros

    Honestly say there are no pros. What once was a sector which was not affected by the downsizing of wall street which provided some stability, is now no longer the case.

    Cons

    You spend less than 5% of your day on actual credit analysis, and the rest of the time dealing processes and procedures. Similar to working for the government, no decision can be made without the formulation of a committee. Non-analytic managers do not understand the credit dynamics and analysis process.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Cost cutting hard to understand

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at S&P Ratings

    Pros

    When I joined the S&P equity division, I appreciated that the company had a long, respected history, unique products and publications, and a collegial atmosphere, including among lower- and mid-range employees, from mail room on up. Many people worked there for decades, providing a long institutional memory and depth of knowledge. Salaries for analysts, although respectable, were lower than at investment firms, but many told me that quality of life was good and crucially, areas of coverage and hours were reasonable. Raises were steady, thanks to a longstanding relationship with the union. For me as a support staffer, work was enjoyable, stable, skill-promoting, and varied, without being frantic all the time. I was deeply dedicated and value my experience there.

    Cons

    The company has gone through many rounds of job cuts and outsourcing, swapping out businesses to new divisions not covered by the union contract. Support staff were reduced, the mail room was outsourced, graphic design was eliminated, and some managers seemed more inclined to pit people against each other. Considering that S&P generated three-fourths of McGraw Hill's profits, it was hard to understand why senior management would risk the quality of its products and work environment through turnover and job cuts to try to squeeze out ever more profits. My department was laid off several years ago, but I have heard that morale is very low now. It's a shame.

    Advice to Management

    Stop listening to cockamamie consultants.



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