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Updated September 20, 2018
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
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  • "Difficulty in work life balance" (in 20 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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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "Mid seize company with growth opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Norman, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work culture and lots of chances to take additional responsibilities

    Cons

    Salary takes a while to increase substantially


  7. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    i enjoyed and liked working here.

    Cons

    being financial firm, layoff is common

    MSCI Response

    Sep 4, 2018 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    Thank you for your feedback and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed working at MSCI. We pride ourselves on the stability of our firm and while layoffs are a normal part of any business we do try to... More

  8. "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


  9. 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


  10. "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.


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