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Updated May 22, 2018
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
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  • Poor work/life balance - unrealistic expectations (in 19 reviews)

  • Disconnect between Senior management and ground level employee (in 36 reviews)

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  1. "Executive Director - Relationship Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    - Work/personal life balance
    - Mobility and career path
    - Market leader on index and analytic solutions

    Cons

    - Compensation YoY increase
    - Micro management


  2. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    work and life balance, nice people

    Cons

    cost control, non competitive compensation

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Retirement Community for Wall Street"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Brand in Finance
    Analytics legacy
    Top quality client list
    Global presence
    Cash flow business
    Comprehensive cyber security

    Cons

    Salesforce led (not led by innovation/design)
    Top heavy with layers of managers who do not use and cannot demo products
    Culture rewards headcount/budget vs innovation/design led growth
    Risk averse culture
    Behind the Fintech curve (dearth of designers and data scientists)
    Limited internal data infrastructure for product usage analysis/front line decision making

    Advice to Management

    Anonymous engagement surveys are awesome
    Massive online meetings are productive, inclusive and good for transparency
    Proprietary cloud is cutting edge and offers great control
    More agile process experts and time tracking improves measurement accuracy
    Keeping pushing that ambitious fixed income strategy


  4. "Financial Technology Company; truly Global"

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

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Empowerment
    - Transparency from Senior Managment on down
    - Work with smart research and technology colleagues
    - Results driven organization
    - Extreme focus on shareholder value
    - An experienced and demanding management team

    Cons

    - Expectation is that all employees will consistently deliver strong results; this drives excellence and high levels of performance - but is clearly not a good fit for everyone

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Don't lower your standards.


  5. "Excellent FinTech company"

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

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Innovation is a priority, compensation and leave are competitive. Interesting business problems to solve. Opportunities to advance are plentiful.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing the company


  6. "Vice-President in Analytics Sales Department"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart Employees, will make great friends there

    Cons

    Either you fit in here - or you do not, Like a fraternity or sorority, They determine fairly quickly if they want you to stay

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so elitist, Pay attention to the management that you have in place - are they speaking to the employees appropriately. Stop turning a blind eye to inappropriate behavior.

    MSCI Response

    Apr 27, 2018 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We appreciate your positive perception about our colleagues and that you view MSCI as a place where you will make great friends.

    We... More


  7. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Salesforce Architect/Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Salesforce Architect/Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great office, work environment, great team, agile, education for personal and professional growth, management transparency, benefits, HR resources.

    Cons

    salaries are below market rates.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Mature products and services, cagey management, stale approach"

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    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, work-life balance, smart people, industry standing

    Cons

    Technology and product Innovation vs. sales targets, culture, career progression

    Advice to Management

    1. Support high sales targets with investments in technology and research method innovation. In an age of rapid growth in financial technology, MSCI's core software offerings are grossly suffering from a lack of progression. There is far too much dependence on (extremely) talented client consultants, who are often burnt out from continuous support of clients.

    2. There is a very clear ceiling in terms of career progression. MSCI will have a difficult time retaining young talent due to lack of innovation vs. other industries and will continue to be a shop for more seasoned professionals.

    3. Culture: Loosen up, you're not an investment bank. Separate yourself from the several arrogant egos within the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Best if you are hired in a cheaper locale"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Benefit is good, and most of the groups have very collegiate and dynamic work environment

    Cons

    High turnover, tendency to off-load operation to cheaper locale

    MSCI Response

    Mar 19, 2018 – VP

    Thank you for your comments. It is great you believe we have a "collegiate and dynamic work environment.” Just to be accurate, attrition throughout MSCI and in the vast majority of locations is at... More


  10. "MSCI San Francisco office"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    nice building in the middle of the financial district

    Cons

    investment banking hours without the pay
    terrible middle management - "my way or the highway" thinking
    no growth in this satellite office

    MSCI Response

    Mar 27, 2018 – VP

    We appreciate you sharing your perspective. MSCI San Francisco is a very important office within our firm, including several key teams that are led by San Francisco-based team members. In the past... More


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