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MSCI Reviews

Updated August 13, 2017
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  • work life balance can be challenging if you need US overlap (in 16 reviews)

  • Senior management is not really up to the job (in 33 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    MSCI is a nice place to work. The benefits are great.. so are the hours.

    Cons

    For me, the location was not so great as it is located in Norman Oklahoma

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job with promoting from within and helping employees advance in their careers


  2. "A decent place"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - PMA Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Intern - PMA Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn.
    MSCI's products are widely used in the industry.
    Yu get to connect with various industry professionals

    Cons

    Could get monotonous.
    Management is disorganized.
    A better structure is required to better manage accountability for specific tasks.
    Sales jobs could get very self centric.
    Little teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    Your dream of One MSCI is far from getting achieved. Your team of professionals is too concentrated on the products/areas they have been working on so far and no one is making any effort to become a true on-msci professional.

  3. "a great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Fast-paced, intense, flexible, work-life balance

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs, slow comp growth


  4. "A challenging and rewarding place to work. Strong culture of excellence, but always changing."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Management is smart and dynamic, leading to constant growth and new opportunities. The firm has a strong brand, which gives current and former employees credibility in the marketplace.
    As a global organization there are ample opportunities for collaboration across cultures and time zones.
    Local offices often develop their own entrepreneurial culture in the context of a larger organization.

    Cons

    Pressure is high, and often change can disrupt career plans. Change happens often.
    Little to no perks. Only MDs get offices. Almost Spartan cost culture.
    The legacy of being part of Morgan Stanley in the investment business is extra security and control on internet access and personal communications. Not quite as bad as working for a broker/dealer, but still pretty bad.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the employees you already have. They know the business better than newcomers and should be compensated for it.


  5. "Overall good place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lost of flexibility, interesting, challenging work. Growth opportunity for those who are persistent.

    Cons

    Some employees lack essential communication skills. Management does not always seek input from front line employees.

    Advice to Management

    Put more resources toward training. Be more open about promotion and compensation policies. Seek input from employees at all levels of the organiazation.


  6. "Good place to work...a little heavy on top."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Conshohocken, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Conshohocken, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great work life balance

    Cons

    They need a greater focus on career development.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more career development.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, bad management"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Norman, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefit and fun people to work with. Not a lot of room to grow though. The product is going down hill because of poor software development life cycle.

    Cons

    The new management is too top heavy and they have been doing a lot of reorganization and have been laying off talented people. When it was still Riskmetrics, the management cared about the employee, things changed. To MSCI, you are just a number in the balance sheet.

  8. "Perfect place to start"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work location, Best way to start career, Great managed company

    Cons

    Small Cafeteria which does not give relief or a good break in middle of work.


  9. "Positive Overall"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research
    Former Employee - Research
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best reasons to join include continual strategic growth of company through acquisition, and worldwide reach and resources.

    Cons

    Integrating different cultures and units can be difficult in early years following a merger; sometimes units that could have strong synergies are bureaucratically prevented from realizing them.

    Advice to Management

    C-suite level should listen more to division and subdivision heads while planning strategically.


  10. "Opportunity to work with knowledgeable people in a fast paced environment, but at a cost."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There exists the ability to grow your role within the firm. Managers within the firm recognize talent and people who think outside the box, and have the patience to teach and train which opens the door to greater responsibilities and promotion along with comparable compensation.

    Cons

    High pressure and demanding environment that can erode a good work-life balance, also, upper management with a keen eye to the bottom line looks to transfer what jobs they can to less expensive markets overseas.
    At times management does not examine thoroughly long term effect with respect to some of the decisions that are made including those in personnel. A more reactive than proactive environment is often the case here.

    Advice to Management

    More thoroughly evaluate choices about staffing changes with respect to how it will effect the company long term, especially when integrating acquisitions. Knowledge is a key component to success. If you remove people with great knowledge of process and products, overtime erosion will occur in performance and quality. My advice is be proactive rather than reactive. Take more time to review before making choices.


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