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Institutional Shareholder Services Reviews

Updated August 23, 2017
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Institutional Shareholder Services President & CEO Gary Retelny
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Pros
  • Introduction to Corporate Governance (in 18 reviews)

  • There is a work-life balance because the full load happens seasonally, but most of the loads occur from January to May (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • No work/life balance during the peak of the season (in 8 reviews)

  • Tough work-life balance during busy proxy season (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company a leader in the space!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The employees are really nice, a lot to learn and lots of opportunities so long as you put yourself out there. The Company has grown tremendously in the last few years both with hires and acquisitions. It is great time to join if you want to be part of the growth and make an impact in the Governance, Data, Analytics and Responsible Investment space.

    Cons

    The Company is still growing as it spun out of a larger organization 3 years ago. Thus it is still building up its perks and training programs and solidifying its culture. Great news if you want to help shape it, not the right place if you are looking for a big bank.


  2. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay and culture. Everyone is so approachable and friendly.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!

  3. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time

    Pros

    good work. good hours. good pay

    Cons

    none really. repetitive. season is hard. but you know that going in.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Office Space"

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits and plenty of parking

    Cons

    The pay is low and turnover is high. There is zero leadership at this company: the place is basically run by absentee salespeople in NY and an HR team who missed their calling as child psychologists.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic environment and friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Workload can be very intense during spring


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Broken culture and no leadership. Ample parking"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for sales and senior staff. Nice benefits and vacation policy

    Cons

    Very unhappy workforce with management that either doesn't care or is oblivious. Middle management is insecure and disloyal to its employees. There is no room for advancement as middle managers cling onto their comfy, easy posts. Senior managers are hardly ever at hq. lack of energy.

    Advice to Management

    Try being in the Rockville office more and get to know the employees. Conduct surveys. Things are fixable and it's a few bold moves.


  7. "Sql Developer"

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    Current Employee - SQL Developer in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - SQL Developer in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Bonus Work Life Friendly staff

    Cons

    No room for promotion. Repetitive

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Worst company I've ever worked for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are ok, not much else

    Cons

    Office politics, no growth, no increases in comp, management is clueless

    Advice to Management

    Hire an outside consultant to revamp the company


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great for a recent graduate"

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    Current Employee - Custodian Operations Analyst in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Custodian Operations Analyst in Norman, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time

    Pros

    They really care about their employees. Lots of paid time off. Great benefits. Great first job out of college.

    Cons

    Not much room to move up within the company. Work can be very repetitive and mind numbing at times. Really busy 3 months out of the year but other than that it's easy sailing from there

    Advice to Management

    Communication between management is pretty great at this company. They treat their employees very well. I have no complaints about the management at all.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Accessible location
    Flexible
    Good work/life balance
    Stable company

    Cons

    Low ceiling
    Too many "in groups".
    CEO is at the top of chain for bigot behavior
    Employees not belonging to the "in groups" are set up for failure; not provided the resources necessary to succeed.
    Inadequate training resources

    Advice to Management

    It is time senior management receives a face lift starting with the removal of the CEO an opt for a CEO who not only pays lip service to being in favor of fairness to all employee, but a CEO who actually embodies it.


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