Mission: At S&P our aim is to be the leading provider of global credit benchmarks and research across industries, asset classes and geographies that investors, businesses and markets use to foster economic development and growth around the world. We meet this need by ...
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, a part of McGraw Hill Financial, is known worldwide as a leader of financial market intelligence. For more than 150 years, our employees have taken pride in helping investors and issuers make better informed financial decisions. Today, S&P employs more than 3000 people across 25 countries, including more than 1,400 analysts.
Our analysts strive for quality and clarity in the ratings we produce – ratings foster the development and smooth functioning of capital markets. Capital markets help people start and grow businesses; cities and states repair highways and build hospitals; and manufacturers open factories and create jobs. Accordingly, we rate debt across five major areas: financial institutions, insurance companies, corporations, asset-backed securities and government securities, and we seek to attract, retain and develop the best talent in all of these areas.
Over the last few years and using lessons learned following the financial crisis, we’ve forged ahead to create a stronger organization with improved methodologies, procedures and rigor underlying our ratings. In fact, since 2007, we’ve invested millions of dollars into our business. Among other investments, we’ve built a strong risk management organization, reviewed and upgraded our methodologies, established global credit conditions committees to improve our understanding of broader trends, and concentrated significant resources on economic research and analytics to better support our ratings work. Our public ratings are available on our website, free of charge. Learn more about what credit ratings are and are not.
Our organization is made up of bright and enthusiastic people with diverse educational backgrounds, work experience and personal interests – and we continually seek new talent who define themselves in the same dynamic way. At S&P, we have MBAs and PhDs, among others, who bring their key strengths to the table to craft our high-quality analytics; employees around the globe are fluent in languages ranging from Arabic and Mandarin to Russian and Spanish. Because of our global approach, our employees have the chance to work with colleagues from around the world – enabling collaboration that creates opportunities for stimulating international or departmental assignments. Regardless of their roles, our employees are highly valued and help us remain a market leader providing independent, highly-valued analytical services and information to the world's financial markets.
Interested in learning more or working for S&P? Visit our Careers website.
Health benefits at Standard & Poor's Ratings Services and McGraw Hill Financial vary depending on your country of work.
For U.S. employees who want to know more about our full range of our medical, dental, and vision plans, view our brochure (PDF).
Non-U.S. employees should talk to their recruiter during the interview process to understand the offerings in their country.
McGraw Hill Financial's retirement benefits necessarily vary depending on your country of work.
For U.S. employees, some of the basics are:
401(k) Savings. The company will contribute an amount equal to 100% of the first 6% of Eligible Pay you contribute each pay period as tax-deferred contributions.* Eligible employees may invest up to 25% of their eligible pay up to the IRS contribution limit of $17,500 for 2013.
Profit Sharing. The Company may contribute to your retirement income through discretionary profit sharing contributions.
Employee Stock Purchase. Employees may purchase common stock of McGraw Hill Financial through a payroll deduction plan, with no brokerage or commission fees to the employee.
*These updates do not apply to the Standard and Poor's 401(k) Savings and Profit Sharing Plan for Represented Employees, which covers Guild employees.
McGraw Hill Financial knows that you don't leave half of yourself at the door when you come to work each day. And that to be truly effective at work, you have to feel truly effective at home. That's why the Corporation provides you with a diverse array of programs and policies to support you in all your roles...at every stage of your life. These programs and policies are what we call "WorkLife."
Our WorkLife benefits include:
Paid and Unpaid Time off
All full-time employees are granted paid vacations depending on the length of their service. Holidays depend on the country and business unit, but most U.S. business units observe New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Thanksgiving Friday, and Christmas Day. Employees are also eligible to take three floating holidays throughout the year for religious observances, dependent care, vacation, or to meet other time-off needs.
Corporate responsibility is a part of everything we do across S&P and our parent company, McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), and aligns with our three core values of integrity, transparency and fairness. Below are examples that demonstrate some of the ways we serve our communities and contribute to society:
Strengthening Communities. Our employees give back in a variety of ways, including matching gift programs, charitable events and grants focused on creating economic opportunities by providing fundamental financial knowledge and tools. Here are just some of the ways we help strengthen communities around the world:
In addition to these examples, our employees also give back through mentoring programs, disaster relief giving and much more.
Helping the Environment. Our products and services give investors the ability to make better decisions based on environmental and broader sustainability considerations. Further, we measure the performance of companies that have demonstrated superiority in environmental, social and governance (ESG) responsibility. We’re also supporting green initiatives in two tangible ways:
We remain committed to corporate responsibility through our practices, products and thought leadership and look forward to our ongoing role in enabling the sustainable growth of markets and communities around the world.
Learn more at https://www.mhfi.com/corporate-responsibility
For McGraw Hill Financial, diversity is a core value reflected in our leadership's commitment to an inclusive workplace that values each individual and their contributions and enables them to reach their full potential.
As global competition increases, our commitment to a diverse and inclusive work environment becomes ever more critical to our future success. In an increasingly global marketplace, the diverse characteristics, perspectives, ideas and backgrounds that our employees bring to the table give us a vital competitive edge in anticipating and exceeding our customers' needs.
Learn more at https://www.mhfi.com/about/diversity
Employee Resource Groups:
Through grassroots-driven Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), we recognize and support diversity in the workplace. These groups enable employees to connect and discuss a shared set of interests, experiences and perspectives and have been been vital in fostering a mentoring culture throughout McGraw Hill Financial.
There are currently seven ERGs serving our diverse employees.
APEX: Asian Professionals for Excellence
APEX was founded to enable Asian and Asian-Americans at McGraw Hill Financial to share knowledge and make a strong, valued contribution to the Corporation's global growth agenda. Successful global growth requires diverse talent, strong leadership and an innovative mindset. APEX is focused on helping Asian-American employees be successful by offering opportunities to advance their capabilities and develop their leadership skills.
BEAM: Black Employees at McGraw Hill Financial
BEAM is a group organized to embrace cultural diversity in the workplace. Its purpose is to nurture an environment of integrity, excellence, respect, teamwork and leadership consistent with McGraw Hill Financial's business and diversity initiatives and to seek to promote the spirit of inclusion, awareness and understanding within McGraw Hill Financial.
EASE: Enable Achieve Succeed Empower
This is a brand new employee resource group at McGraw Hill Financial. The mission of EASE is to create an environment that empowers people impacted by disabilities to reach their full potential and to positively affect our markets and communities. EASE is open to McGraw Hill Financial employees of all abilities.
GLBT & ALLIES: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender
GLBT & ALLIES is dedicated to maintaining a supportive work environment in which GLBT employees are able to reach their full potential. The company's success is built upon attracting, supporting, and growing our most valuable asset -- our employees.
HHN: Hispanic Heritage Network
HHN is committed to enhancing the professional and social experience of employees of McGraw Hill Financial's Hispanic community; broadening and deepening the company's understanding of business opportunities in the US-Hispanic market; promoting the recruitment of talent from the larger Hispanic community; and supporting McGraw Hill Financial's core values of diversity and its corporate image.
LEAD: Learning, Empowering, and Accelerating Digital
LEAD is designed to enhance employees' digital development and provide a venue where employees can network and build communities around all things digital. LEAD is committed to creating a digital culture that inspires employees to innovate and contribute to the digital growth of the organization and, in the process, accelerate their own digital development, career opportunities and networks.
WINS: Women's Initiative for Networking and Success
WINS is committed to creating a culture that inspires women to develop their leadership abilities, seize growth opportunities, and increase their knowledge of McGraw Hill Financial for organizational and personal success, driven by our global commitment to serving and celebrating the community of women.
Veterans’ Resources at MHFI
VALOR (“Veterans and Allies Leading for Organizational Results”) is an Employee Resource Group in development by the Advisory Group. VALOR will provide a variety of support for veterans and their families. The group will have a designated veteran leader for each business unit, match new-hire veterans to a veteran employee, provide mentoring programs as part of the greater McGraw Hill Financial Mentoring Program, develop unique networking across all our business units, and provide professional development and other services for veterans as well as for those who currently serve in the National Guard or the Reserve.
I have been working at S&P Global Ratings full-time (More than 8 years)
There are many good opportunities to grow/ expand your skill if you look hard enough and take initiative.
Ceiling on the top. Difficult to pierce above director level.
Advice to Management
Provide clear career path for the star analysts and take early action to correct nonperforming ones.
I applied in-person. I interviewed at S&P Global Ratings.
In all, it was one phone interview and then two 30 minute video interviews on the computer. The two gentlemen leading the interviews were really nice and made it a laid back interviewing environment.