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Institutional Shareholder Services Reviews

Updated December 17, 2016
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Institutional Shareholder Services President & CEO Gary Retelny
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Pros
  • Corporate Governance is a specialized industry, smart and hard-working colleagues around (in 16 reviews)

  • work-life balance, nice people, Salary is fine (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • No work/life balance during the peak of the season (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great for a recent graduate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Senior Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Not an exciting place to be"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time

    Pros

    Work/life balance is decent during off season
    People are nice
    Good health insurance
    Good place to start if you're interested in corporate governance, which is a growing field

    Cons

    Things happen extremely slowly here, no one takes responsibility and many times the ball is dropped. The competition catches up because of this. A lot of politics within the organization and not much room to grow. Lower than average market pay.

    Advice to Management

    Act faster and don't be complacent, your competition is starting to beat you out. Also, there needs to be some reconsideration on your technology - it's dated and unexciting.


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  5. "Ups and downs."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is a lot of versatility in programs used for workload. During "season" there's a lot to do, and "off season" there is lots of time for projects. Good benefits, great vacation, and okay 401K.

    Cons

    No enough opportunities to do cross-training and/or shadowing. Sometimes there can be too much down time during "off season".


  6. "Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay for the entry level position, and not too stressful outside of the spring season. Working with different asset managers and the investment community as a whole is decent experience as well.

    Cons

    The work can get repetitive. Management needs to do a better job of employee development. HR department needs work.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees more responsibility and help them grow


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    "Buy Beware"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glen Allen, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glen Allen, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Institutional Shareholder Services (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    * An opportunity to learn about corporate governance from a market leader
    *An opportunity to learn about the financial industry if Wall Street is not career objective
    *Great place to develop research and analytical skills
    *Benefits are good

    Cons

    *Heavy on office politics
    *Lack of transparency; an oxymoron given it is a leading corporate governance solutions firm
    *Promotion process is ambiguous and favors those who play in office politics
    *Senior leadership lacks true leadership
    *No development plan for all employees only a select few
    *Elitist attitude towards hiring and promotion process
    *No continuing education program
    *Benefits deter employees from leaving
    *Work/life balance is nonexistent particularly during proxy season


  8. "Senior Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Institutional Shareholder Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work is very interesting. It is a great place to learn a ton in a short period. The work is high profile.

    Cons

    There is very little room for upward growth. People stay in the same positions for several years.

    Advice to Management

    There isn't too much management can do. The company has been doing the same thing for 30 years.


  9. "Overall good experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will learn A LOT of valuable skills.

    Cons

    Somewhat limited opportunities for career advancement within the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Change can be good.


  10. "All around great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Institutional Shareholder Services part-time

    Pros

    Nothing but great people in this office. The office itself is brand new and pretty big. Management is friendly and always willing to help.

    Cons

    The work becomes routine but that is just a personal preference, it can be great on most days but may seems dull on others.


  11. "Great Employer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great team members and managers. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Opportunity for advancement need to be established.



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