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MSCI New York Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
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  • Senior management is not really up to the job (in 32 reviews)

  • work life balance can be challenging if you need US overlap (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (12)

    "Top Tier Company and People"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    As an employee of MSCI for over three years, I think the best thing about the firm is the varied experiences our environment offers. I have been given the opportunities to own projects from start to finish and to work in areas/functions I had not previously had experience. I feel my opinion is valued and matters because I am converse with senior leaders every day as a NY employee.

    I also appreciate the opportunity I have to interact with peers around the global who are leading minds in the index and analytics space. Our products win awards and are valued by our clients and I am proud to continue to play a part in this.

    Cons

    There is nothing that comes to mind.

    MSCI Response

    Jun 29, 2016 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    Thank you for taking the time to comment on your experience at MSCI. We are very pleased to hear you are enjoying your work and that you are taking advantage of the opportunities the firm is ... More


  2. "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.


  3. "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


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  5. "Great place to work"

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    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


  6. 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.


  7. 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…..


  8. Helpful (4)

    "No Clear Direction"

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    Former Employee - Vice President Client Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President Client Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Pretty flexible about working from home, or taking time-off.

    Office camaraderie is pretty good at most locations.

    Firm dips their toe into different areas of finance from Regulation, Factor Investing, Risk Management, etc. which may be good for someone who is just beginning their career.

    Cons

    Very unclear direction or strategy. Firm has a reputation for not being true to their word with clients.

    Culture of convenience rather than correctness. Product roadmap is unpredictable, and changes on a whim.

    Very top heavy. Upper management believes the company and employees operate in a certain way which is usually completely different than what really goes on day-to-day.

    People are not usually held accountable for errors or mistakes. Many team leaders avoid conflict so a lot gets shoved under the rug.

    Advice to Management

    Do not put people in leadership positions who don't belong there. Just because someone has been at the company for a long time doesn't mean they should be leading a team.

    Should hold people more accountable for mistakes or errors, which can be done constructively and professionally.

    Learn to take advantage of people's natural talents/skills. Don't put people with technical skills in sales roles or vice versa.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "50-50"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, all manager are easily accessible, Good work life balance

    Cons

    laid bank attitude, bureaucracy type processes, no clarity from top management, CXOs keep changing very often. Stability at the top is missing

    Advice to Management

    Get the vintage employees up to the market in terms of compensation. You hire new employees at higher cost with less experience. Disparity in compensation is evident.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Executive Director"

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

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work for a global company that is an industry leader. Lots of opportunities to interact with co-workers professionally and socially. Healthcare/401K/Vacation benefits are outstanding!

    Cons

    From my perspective, things are pretty good! If l had to pick one con, I would say I don't love the "open" work environment (I much prefer my own office).

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Wall Street Retirement Community"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Established Brand
    Highly recurring subscription business
    Well known data and analytics
    Some smart people
    Some innovation
    Engagement surveys

    Cons

    Living off of its legacy
    Lots of overpaid people who were let go from the Street
    Lots of vanity metrics and process
    Top heavy, inefficient, stagnant management bureaucracy
    Constant fire fighting
    Two tiered culture (domestic vs foreign)
    Engagement surveys that go nowhere
    Lack of strategic vision

    Advice to Management

    Can a bureaucracy fix itself?

    MSCI Response

    Aug 12, 2016 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    Thank you for your feedback. MSCI has been conducting engagement surveys since 2011. Since then, the level of engagement has continued to rise. Many actions have been taken over the years to ... More



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