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Updated July 20, 2017
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
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  • work life balance can be challenging if you need US overlap (in 16 reviews)

  • Senior management is not really up to the job (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Managing Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MSCI (More than a year)

    Pros

    Far pay, fair hours, good work

    Cons

    A bit disorganized due to several geographic areas


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "horrible culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was great team dynamics 10 years ago.
    New management slowly killed jobs, morale and innovation.

    Interns can be helpful, before they move on and don't look back

    Cons

    Business cycle reaching plateau phase, so we seeing anxiety and even more cost cutting.
    Too many foreign teams, for wrong departments.

    Little trust and broken groups. King and queen bee behaviors. Especially if a VP or such is from the partying and/or school circle of top leadership. Lots of clueless upper level moodiness and careless executive leadership. Can make you look other way when in front of client or vendor.

    Everywheer, actually. And constantly. Like in development and facilities management. The crazy paranoid manipulation and targeting for the better part of the past decade. Great laziness and no accountability. Sinking morale. No trust for office management when we see how it damage people and company image.

    Advice to Management

    Do hard-working and balanced employees REALLY have to be part of your school network and party circle to get respect , job security, etc?


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "Not the best to work for"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MSCI (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Just do your job and you will be fine

    Cons

    Very "corporate" with lots of politics
    Very "this is how it has always been done"

  8. Helpful (2)

    "MSCI - Top Heavy"

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Asia, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Asia, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues and team mates. Smart people too.
    Feel like a diverse international firm.
    Global team work and collaborate closely together. Fun too.

    Cons

    For a firm of this size, the number of MD is quite shockingly high. Many senior persons, especially external new hires, treat this firm as their retirement job.
    Also tend to hire senior management externally rather than promote from within, which is not very motivating for staff who have been around for years.

    MSCI Response

    Nov 29, 2016 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    Thank you for caring enough to give us your feedback. MSCI does have some of the smartest people in the industry and we pride ourselves for having a collaborative work environment. Only 2% of our... More


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Hellish culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    Pros

    good name, ppl are smart

    Cons

    hellish corporate culture, no true collaboration in research department, promote the wrong type of people, treat employee meanly

    MSCI Response

    Dec 2, 2016 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    Thank you for providing us with your feedback. Please reach out to your local HR Generalist immediately to discuss any unprofessional treatment as this is unacceptable. MSCI has worked... More


  10. 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.


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