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Updated September 20, 2017
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
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  • Senior management is not really up to the job (in 34 reviews)

  • work life balance can be challenging if you need US overlap (in 16 reviews)

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

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    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


  2. "Can't trust Product management"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  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.


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "Reference Data Analyst"

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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

    They had good culture and good health Benefits

    Cons

    In my case there was lack of proper communication channel, but could be different for others


  7. "Culture of mistrust"

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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

    Pros

    Management spends very little on initiatives so they can put this money into bonuses. People are well compensated but there is no work life balance so this compensation comes at a big personal price.

    Cons

    Very hard to get any meaningful work done. Initiatives that were budgeted for and approved earlier in the year have to be approved again at the the time work is started. Most often money is taken away and the scope of what is possible is severely diminished. There is also a culture of mistrust and micromanagement.

    Advice to Management

    Employees would be much more entrepreneurial and productive if everyone wasn't so fearful of their superiors.

  8. "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


  9. "MSCI Rating"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good culture and decent benefits

    Cons

    A top heavy organization. Stagnant base pay.

    MSCI Response

    Mar 20, 2017 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    Thank you for your comments. We annually review the base pay of all our employees during our year-end compensation process. In total, 91% of our employees received a base salary increase based on... More


  10. "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.


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