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Updated September 17, 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 35 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  3. "Rude and Lazy Managers"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI as a contractor

    Pros

    Not too many. The place is a jungle. Sometimes a smiling reception. Can get promoted if part of a club. Otherwise, enjoy the view and the work from the fence.

    Cons

    Unreliabe and unsafe communication.
    Project management is drawn out. Client presentations are harder to arrange.
    Also, what is the deal with Corporate Services? Grouchy and lazy. Even tricky and incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Please at least help us clean up ambiance.

    MSCI Response

    May 12, 2017 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    We appreciate you taking the time to give us your honest feedback. We’re sorry to hear that you had a challenging interaction with a group intended to enhance your daily work experience. The safety... More


  4. Helpful (5)

    "horrible culture"

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    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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was great team dynamics 10 years ago.
    New management slowly killed jobs, morale and innovation.

    Interns can be helpful, before they move on and don't look back

    Cons

    Business cycle reaching plateau phase, so we seeing anxiety and even more cost cutting.
    Too many foreign teams, for wrong departments.

    Little trust and broken groups. King and queen bee behaviors. Especially if a VP or such is from the partying and/or school circle of top leadership. Lots of clueless upper level moodiness and careless executive leadership. Can make you look other way when in front of client or vendor.

    Everywheer, actually. And constantly. Like in development and facilities management. The crazy paranoid manipulation and targeting for the better part of the past decade. Great laziness and no accountability. Sinking morale. No trust for office management when we see how it damage people and company image.

    Advice to Management

    Do hard-working and balanced employees REALLY have to be part of your school network and party circle to get respect , job security, etc?


  5. "Not the best to work for"

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    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"


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Hellish culture"

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    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Tired same old stuff"

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    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Support"

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    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


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Runaway train, with Misfit Managers"

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    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


  10. Helpful (4)

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

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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


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