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MSCI Reviews

Updated Jun 22, 2019

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MSCI CEO Henry A. Fernandez
Henry A. Fernandez
326 Ratings
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  • "Senior Management is not interested in knowing the ground level staff concerns and lot of stagnancy in terms of growth(in 37 reviews)

  • "Vicious cost cutting despite stellar performance from business unit(in 25 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (2)

    "Great place to be in"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits. Flexible and open management. Good work environment. Exciting work. Opportunity for growth. Innovation culture.

    Cons

    Frequent changes in strategy. Compensation needs to be watched out for. Outdated technology and office space in some locations. No perks at all.

    Advice to Management

    Make a better effort to retain talent.

    MSCI2019-04-03
  2. "Good company, great people"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People are very approachable, humble, and helpful. Starting to use new technologies. Medium sized company. Good work gets noticed. Have events, fun days for networking.

    Cons

    Must gets their devops practices in order

    MSCI2019-05-24
  3. "Great work environment and life balance in the office"

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    Current Employee - Vice President, Human Resources in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent work environment and facility Great perks according to the type of Industry

    Cons

    Salary progression bit slow against the market Promotions system very relaxed. Too many promotions no meaning Some jobs are not 100% loaded

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on the environment and improve some specific programs around promotions and work load.

    MSCI2019-06-11
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Not committed to employees; Periodic layoffs of long term employees; off shoring"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MSCI full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Susbcription based business with 90% renewal rate Global Institutional, enterprise clients

    Cons

    No long term commitment to employees Periodic layoffs to improve earnings (despite positive profits and stock being up) Maintaining cash cows until they die No growth innovation or risk taking Aged tech stack Managers are on cruise control Not a learning / experimental culture

    Advice to Management

    Learn from your mistakes (own up to them first)

    MSCI2019-05-26
  5. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Associate 

    I have been working at MSCI full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is great

    Cons

    Pay is not very high, though benefit is good

    MSCI2019-03-16
  6. "Decent work life balance - too much bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Norman, OK
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Decent compensation.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for career growth.

    MSCI2019-03-14

    MSCI Response

    April 15, 2019Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    Thank you for your feedback. MSCI continues to improve the level of support provided to develop our people. Over the last two years, we have focused efforts to improve in this area in a number of ways including developing a robust suite of development resources for employees and ...

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  7. Helpful (6)

    "The highs are nice but the lows are pretty bad"

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    Former Employee - Vice President 
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MSCI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company is making a significant effort to promote innovation. You are encouraged to put your energy and ideas to work. Teams are globally distributed, so although you may need to take meetings at all hours of the day or night, there is understanding if you need to carve out time for your life during what more traditional corporations might consider the work day. The people here are very talented and hard-working.

    Cons

    Staff are culled on a regular basis. It should always be kept in mind that MSCI's loyalty is to the bottom line, not to the employee. If your current perceived value to the company is less than your current compensation, you will be at risk of termination, regardless of your tenure or your breadth/depth of knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    If you want employees to be loyal to the company, you need the employees to feel like the company has their back. I don't think this is currently a common sentiment.

    MSCI2019-03-13
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Typical corporate mentality, however they are very relaxed"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst ESG 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MSCI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Work/Life Balance Always got a raise Offices are encouraged to enjoy free time Co-workers

    Cons

    Cost cutting Losing experience for cheaper wages in other countries Inflexible IT that controls how products are managed Bending to corporate shareholders Too many cooks in the kitchen Always passing the blame

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people doing the actual work and make those changes, not what the IT dept thinks should be done. Value what you have and not what costs less.

    MSCI2019-03-18
  9. "Good experience"

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

    I worked at MSCI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good working environment and flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Not as competitive in salaries

    MSCI2019-02-21
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Go Patriots!"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Well-run company. Great people to work with (mostly). Visionary Exec. management. Company-sponsored fun days.

    Cons

    NY weather sucks. One time last week as I was walking to work, my umbrella broke because the wind was so strong! Dating in NY sucks. One time I even got stood up! Who does she think she is ?!?!?

    Advice to Management

    Keep sticking it to active managers.

    MSCI2019-02-08
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