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Updated December 11, 2018
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
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  • "Difficulty in work life balance" (in 21 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great Firm"

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

    Pros

    Great people, great solution

    Cons

    Nothing I can point to.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in texhnology and employee base


  2. "Selling Shovels to Gold Diggers"

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    Well run company. Good pay. CEO has vision.

    Cons

    Pressure to spend time in office.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Decent pay and hours, terrible company and morale"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    -People in the Boston office are great
    -Very flexible hours
    -Pay is good for what you're actually doing

    Cons

    -Penny pinching everywhere, including the backing of growth initiatives
    -Targets are a sham because they are given to you so late into the year (usually April/May)
    -Bureaucracy everywhere. Even in front-office roles, client activity will get held up due to back office shenanigans.
    -Company does not have your best interest in mind. Period. Only thing that matters is the operating margin.
    -Can't trust upper management to get things done on your behalf
    -Bonus comp is paid well after year end (Feb) so you can't jump ship easily when the rest of the industry is searching in Dec/Jan
    -Want you to get a designation (CFA, FMP, etc), yet only back one attempt per test. Rest of industry knows how hard these tests are and backs multiple attempts usually.
    -There is no company culture, and morale about the company is low because management reats lower level so poorly (communication not being consistent/clear, cheap) and because of asinine internal processes

    Advice to Management

    -Care more about your employees than Wall Street's expectations. It is obvious that you (the board and management) are doing everything you can to juice stock holdings at the expense of lower-level employees and growth.

    -Good luck growing when the industry finally bites back against your annual price increases


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Client Coverage"

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    Former Employee - Relationship Manager
    Former Employee - Relationship Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Intelligent, driven, colleagues
    -Decent pay with good work life balance

    Cons

    -Lack of CapEx for necessary enhancements leading to antiquated technology
    -Lack of cohesion between two worlds (index & analytics)
    -Misalignment of strategic goals. MSCI is too driven on quarterly earnings.
    -Epitome of political corporation
    - Nonexistent HR

    MSCI Response

    Nov 12, 2018 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    We value the opinions of our people and are always open to their perspectives. If you truly want to engage, are open to a constructive conversation and have not “given up” then please contact Scott... More


  5. "Innovative workplace with caps"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance and career path

    Cons

    Salary yoy growth and performance evaluation


  6. "Good company with good culture"

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

    I worked at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    You get to meet people with great backgrounds, typically from top universities or elite firms. The firm also has good work/life balance

    Cons

    Difficult to get in and once you get in it's difficult to move internally unless you receive an advance degree. It is very difficult to learn or understand what other teams do as they don't interact with each other.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Demanding place to work, with less than generous compensation"

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    Current Employee - Vice President Operations in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Operations in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally the people I worked with were quite intelligent, motivated and professional.

    Cons

    I joined MSCI as a part of a an acquisition. While initially excited to join a larger firm with ostensibly greater resources, I found that over time my group and by extension my job was increasing burdened with bureaucracy. By the time I left, it was quite difficult to actually get things done, as over 70% of my time was occupied by figuring out how to obtain and then chasing down the approvals for any given task. Part of this is the nature of dealing with highly sensitive, market moving financial data. However it became apparent that more and more folks were afraid to make a decision for fear of making the wrong decision and then subsequently getting hammered by upper management. As a result, doing the actual work contained in my job description became secondary and thus very dissatisfying near the end of my tenure.

    I would also note that MSCI is at its core a data firm. And because data can essentially be moved anywhere there is a persistent and ongoing effort to arbitrage labor costs and move them to lower cost offices.

  8. "Executive"

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

    I worked at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    extremely smart employees, engaged in all of the growth areas of finance...factor investing, ESG, smart beta

    Cons

    None to specifically note at this time


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good Money, everything else is terrible"

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    Former Employee - Client Coverage in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Client Coverage in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good salary, smart people (though this has decreased in last couple yrs).

    Cons

    Shared services are absolutely terrible if not in NYC or London.

    HR - Worst in my career.
    IT - Non existent in any office outside NYC ect.

    Random rounds of people getting fired every year. Terrible use of outsourcing - I hope they get caught or in trouble for this one specifically . Basically bring in employees from low cost regions - Tie them to a visa so they never quit - Pay them less - I know this practice is rabid in many offices - I hear it takes place in Canada as well.

    MSCI Response

    Sep 25, 2018 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    We continue to get better and more positive feedback from our people on our work environment , but we not perfect and occasionally someone is not a good match with our culture. In those cases we try... More


  10. "Data Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    Consistent outsourcing of labor, may end up having to train away your job to low wage workers in India or Manila.

    MSCI Response

    Sep 12, 2018 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed our benefits and work environment. Our ratings on Glassdoor tell us our Comp and Benefits and Work Life... More