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Updated January 16, 2018
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
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  • Poor work/life balance - unrealistic expectations (in 18 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good financial firm that offers competitive salary and has a nice work culture"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Norman, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, nice benefits and great paid time off

    Cons

    MSCI being a bureaucratic organization, it takes long times for technical changes


  2. "Overall, good..."

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensated well
    Interesting work
    Intelligent co-workers
    Non-political environment

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance - unrealistic expectations
    Lack of strategic vision from Executive team

    Advice to Management

    Decide on a strategy and execute that strategy. Too much of our core strategy changes each year

  3. "A lot of changes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Very dynamic with lots of changes and opportunities. Benefits tend to be better than the competition.

    Cons

    Also due to the changes, and with ever increasing desire for cost reduction, more and more functions are off-loaded to cheaper location. If you are in those higher cost location, it may not be a pleasant experience


  4. "Women? Nope."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Some really smart people and interesting work

    Cons

    The Oklahoma office is out of control. The women at the company who could, have left. The ones who cannot leave, are undervalued and ignored. The culture of the company is "Mean people get promoted" - so if a woman is completely ruthless, she might have a chance (There were a handful of those). The professionals leave. I cannot count the number of times that someone actually YELLED at me, cussed me out, slammed doors, stood OVER me as intimidation, and sabotoged my success (even at the company's expense). I escalated my concerns (as did others), but management did not respond, and later denied that they knew. HR didn't respond either - even when blatent abuse and discrimination was reported. The only option for many was to leave or to put up with the hostile environment and the retaliation from blowing the whistle. The environment is always unstable as well. I had far more managers than I had years with the company, and it felt like I was moved to a different desk each time someone sneezed. CHAOS If you want to work in a hostile "boys club" of immaturity, then apply for a job there. Otherwise, don't.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that fear is the only motivator. Employees are afraid to answer "confidential" surveys with truthful feedback. Employees are afraid, period, because the meanest people are promoted. There are pockets of managers who will never promote a woman , so if you have stats that show women promoted... evaluate the groups where that has NEVER happened. You may deny it, but it's terrible. Life away from this company is significantly different. I was always treated with respect in professional environments before this company, and since I left. It was the worst environment I've worked in during my career.

    MSCI Response

    Jan 9, 2018 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    Thank you for taking the time to voice your concern. MSCI maintains a strong commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone can be their authentic self. Our Code of Conduct and... More


  5. "Linux eng."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Good salary and benefits packages.

    Cons

    No space to grow.
    Very rigid multi environment.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to SMEs they are the experts.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent research team and market leader in global indexing.

    Cons

    1. Sales management micro-manages via data reports without real leadership/support and in many cases management is less capable than those they manage.
    2. Flat management structure does not allow for career upside.
    3. Not full transparency into compensation and limited upside even in a sales capacity.
    4. HR simply runs processes in order to check the box.

    Advice to Management

    Great organizations don't hire smart and capable people to micro-manage, they welcome their contribution and challenges to the status quo without fear of being penalized.


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Right place to be if you want to lead the ESG investment industry"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    - Sincere strategic investment in ESG business, strong support from the top
    - Get to be part of the 'leading edge' in the ESG industry, in terms of thought leadership and influence
    - High standards of integrity, quality, people
    - Work with very smart, eager, earnest people who are passionate about what they do
    - Ability to forge your own career path

    Cons

    - Risk-averse organization, high pressure environment
    - Lots of politics, bureaucracy, processes, but strategy not always clear
    - Hard to get things done, infighting between departments, competing priorities
    - Have to forge your own career path

    Advice to Management

    - Get clearer on strategic vision, don't underestimate the need to communicate that clearly to employees on a regular basis
    - Hire strong, transparent, inspiring leaders with clear vision
    - Promote people with vision who can lead and motivate others, not just those who are good at "managing up"
    - Not everything is best solved by a new process / committee


  9. 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.


  10. "Den of Snakes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Global research team is impressive

    Cons

    monopoly in index creates a bad environment

    Advice to Management

    governance


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