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Updated February 9, 2017
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
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  1. "Not the best to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MSCI (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Just do your job and you will be fine

    Cons

    Very "corporate" with lots of politics
    Very "this is how it has always been done"


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Hellish culture"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    Pros

    good name, ppl are smart

    Cons

    hellish corporate culture, no true collaboration in research department, promote the wrong type of people, treat employee meanly

    MSCI Response

    Dec 2, 2016 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    Thank you for providing us with your feedback. Please reach out to your local HR Generalist immediately to discuss any unprofessional treatment as this is unacceptable. MSCI has worked ... More


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Tired same old stuff"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very little when change is severe and not managed. Occasional high moments when helping a client really solve a problem

    Cons

    Remote management. When the cat's away, the mice play. So ya get a disorganized client process. A lot of stop and start with little direction or help from senior staff. No great rewards either. Ya get a lot of competitive project building. So folks don't always get what they need to move along a project. Stalled progress and very little trust. And then you get a very scary (moody) corporate services upper management on the regional side. Fits and starts. Lazy and tricky. Protected by parties and entitlement. It's never a great ambiance to work in.

    Advice to Management

    visit the offices more and keep training the managers, even if they can't be trained.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Had a good leadership which encouraged learning and development of employees. You get to learn Pure politics, learn soft skills to survive in tough environment. If you work in Norman OK then you get all kinds of video games, good restaurants. Nothing much at your desk.

    Cons

    You are joining a hood gang, if you are not part of OK(Norman). you will be suppressed and exploited. Client is last to be considered. You have to be scared of everyone, your opinion does not matter. If you loose a client, you are fine. If you comment of wrong doing of Norman gang, then you are in trouble.

    Advice to Management

    Make up your mind, if you keep changing your mind. Organization get disrupted. People just talk on how to survive and which group should they part of


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Runaway train, with Misfit Managers"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Not many anymore.

    Sometimes great sales meetings.

    Cons

    Runaway train. Caused by over expansion and deep paranoia in the drive to increase share value. Can ride the market for a bit but probably not much underneath. Too much chaos and backstabbing. Often produced by lazy, manipulative managers who don't care or know much, but have been installed as part of crazy circle. Or through some other connection to the leadership. So a lot of problems never really get solved and the lazy managers will easily throw someone under bus. We are not Facebook or google.
    And it's surprising Labor Board hasn't stepped in. A decade of craziness. And outsourcing to a problematic extreme.
    All of which explains the high turnover. So projects are slowed.
    Then office atmosphere can get crazy too, with an insecure and lazy corporate services management. Dividing and alienating people to shine light away from their incompetent selves. Really first rate manipulative stuff over the long-term. Just like software engineering talks.
    And head office really doesn't care or want to know about its field staff. Meanwhile the surveys can't really be trusted to take. Not when we've seen retaliation. Often towards wrong people.
    Sales and testing aren't getting easier. A vicious circle of sorts. But it's a well known fact that the head office resents the original office.

    Advice to Management

    What would happen if you realigned leadership to allow for trusting and competent team work???? We're losing too many good people. And often because of targeting by insecure managers. With no backup on anything from the home office.

    MSCI Response

    Jul 18, 2016 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    Thank you for providing your input. MSCI provides multiple avenues and opportunities for employees to provide feedback to senior management, their managers and colleagues. Also, companies like ... More


  7. Helpful (4)

    "They stiff you out of your unused vacation pay when you leave"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Work/life balance was good. Nice people.

    Cons

    Seriously? When I left the company, I had a few days of unused vacation. HR told me they would pay it out on the following pay period. That did not happen. This is just one more real life example of how disappointing it is to work at MSCI.

    MSCI Response

    Jun 16, 2016 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Our vacation policy provides for payment of unused accrued vacation days upon termination. Upon termination, HR reviews the number of vacation ... More


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Never An Ideal Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard to find anymore. Can maybe get to work with new resources every now and then. Management doesn't like to buy anything new. Especially in California offices.
    Some of the severely abusive and untrained managers have migrated to other fields. Of sorts.

    Cons

    Kind of deteriorating into a sweatshop, even on U.S. side.
    No great raises.
    Competitive instead of cooperative. Quite a bit of strange negative behavior in leaders and those on vp scales or above. But just go for drinks. Fail to show up, or discuss a vendor problem with key decision makers, when needed. Then try to throw the underlings under the bus to hide incompetence. All will be well.

    Historically grouchy, with sweetly manipulative side to office& Facilities management side. Same for Benefits and HR departments.

    Advice to Management

    Do sweatshops and propped up, abusive and incompetent managers REALLY work?


  9. Helpful (4)

    "not really a great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Pros

    The NYC location is pretty good

    Cons

    1. The direction from senior management is pretty weak
    2. Pay structure is pretty lousy
    3. Growth potential is very limited
    4. 2016 benefit decreased to stay "competitive"


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Eh"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    casual work environment, very relaxed, free games, coffee, fun events

    Cons

    culture is odd, very political


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Appalling and Inhumane Long Term"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some new technology. And a yearly fun day, which you will need to job search.

    Cons

    Just a chronic bundle of insanity and even cruelty. Unrealistic deadlines. Frantic and frenetic activity to please shareholders, with no regard for order. And a dog-eat-dog everyday mentality in the bulk of senior associates, VP's and Exec Directors. Now it's all starting to show, as the more sane and professional keep moving on. And company slowing down. Those managers who stay can't easily get work anywhere else. Senior management doesn't care about developing people. So the majority of management is just symbolic and hanging around, poorly trained as managers. Milking the cow if connected. Most are put there and allowed to stay because of some kind of party connection. A school or family-to-same school as Senior Managers type of deal. It's hard to believe the 5 star reviews here, because everywhere people (unless they are the privliged family connection managers) are stressed and afraid. Few people trust working for them. And that hasn't changed. They can easily let managers crush someone's idea before evaluating it. Another management group delayed making overdue updates even though associates were begging for it and it proved costly not to do. Poorly trained and risk averse management kept complaining about the junior levels, who turned out to be right. Other management knew one of the corporate services workers had a family member battling cancer and the worker couldn't therefore do the office politics and parties. The team member was very competent and well liked, so insecure but connected management conspired to try to get the worker to quit. Just Insecure nonsense to keep others down. Others can't deal with the long rapport building process for sales so Coverage can be pressured even more. And only when others become aware of the horrible treatment does Senior, remote management mysteriously appear to offer a buyout package. They tell the employees to get lost. And earnings per share might go up that quarter by a fraction of a cent, on the salary which has now been exported. And the immediate managers are often promoted to more incompetence, getting a share of former team members salaries, as their promotion raise. Is it any wonder that few really trust working for this place?

    Advice to Management

    Fix the entitlement and check in with what's really going on.



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