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MSCI New York Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
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  • Disconnect between Senior management and ground level employee (in 36 reviews)

  • work life balance can be challenging if you need US overlap (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "MSCI is a great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Market leader, innovative/stable company with great benefits. The people are smart and friendly and we have great social events (Fun Day). Leadership is accessible and cares. Have you seen the stock price recently??

    Cons

    None. MSCI is a great company


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Office politics annihilates the company"

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    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Say in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Say in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MSCI (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good location. Nice window view.

    Cons

    Rampant office politics demoralizes hard-working employees.

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Can't trust Product management"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good hours fair pay. Lots of talented people in the research department. Corporate culture is slightly better than some other rat race financial institutions.

    Cons

    "Leadership" = politicians. Some wouldn't think twice to sacrifice junior employees to protect their personal interests. A lot of them are good at managing up, and disregarding down.

    Advice to Management

    Get more face to face interaction instead of sending out surveys.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "management needs serious people skills"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Like most places, there are some really talented and intelligent people working here. You can escape the long hours and high stress of the investment banking world. MSCI pays well.

    Great benefits including gym membership discounts, backup daycare and 16 weeks of maternity leave.

    Cons

    Senior management is seriously lacking in both people and communication skills. Managers are rude and demotivating. Lackluster efforts to train staff in these areas just make things worse. MSCI pays well instead of investing in their people and programs to develop talent.

    Advice to Management

    Add personality assessments when hiring to weed out the bad seeds.


  5. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very professional organization, good benefits

    Cons

    Individuals can be clicky and dont accept newcomers easily


  6. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at MSCI (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed working environment. Good work life balance

    Cons

    Not too much conversation between employees and management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Typical Corporate America"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Average salary with some flexibility for family life, only if you are on the "favorite" list.

    Cons

    Very segmented with a high-school clic mentality.

    Overall compensation structure has changed three times in the last three-years where there is no clarity in future direction.

    Overall office environment is dull at best where favoritism is prevalent.

    MSCI Response

    Mar 7, 2017 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    MSCI has grown and evolved our business since we became a public company, however our approach to compensation remained rooted in our investment banking legacy. We have redesigned our compensation... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Superior and differentiated products. Lots of opportunity to contribute. Surrounded by smart and energetic people. Excellent management team who seeks to innovate and deliver high-quality results.

    Cons

    Continuous change means it can be tough to know what to expect from year to year.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with rank and file employees


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Unnecessarily complicated organization"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are within industry standards. Flexible work schedule within department. The people are generally friendly.

    Cons

    There are way too many levels of management and trying to work through any project is overly complicated and often results in wasted time due to poor communication and conflicting objectives cross departmentally. No one seems to see the overall picture in what the expected result/impacts will be, everyone works in their own silo and implements changes with little or no consideration for downstream/upstream impacts.

    Advice to Management

    Cut some of the red tape, actually talk to each other, listen, and collaborate on project plans.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunity to work for a global Fin Tech that that is known as an industry leader for its innovative products. Extraordinarily high client retention. Fun atmosphere. Great benefits.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. MSCI is a great place to work!

    Advice to Management

    There has been a lot of good work done around employee engagement. I hope management is listening…..


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