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Updated October 16, 2017
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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 (2)

    "Executive Director"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work for a global company that is an industry leader. Lots of opportunities to interact with co-workers professionally and socially. Healthcare/401K/Vacation benefits are outstanding!

    Cons

    From my perspective, things are pretty good! If l had to pick one con, I would say I don't love the "open" work environment (I much prefer my own office).

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. Helpful (13)

    "Top Tier Company and People"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As an employee of MSCI for over three years, I think the best thing about the firm is the varied experiences our environment offers. I have been given the opportunities to own projects from start to finish and to work in areas/functions I had not previously had experience. I feel my opinion is valued and matters because I am converse with senior leaders every day as a NY employee.

    I also appreciate the opportunity I have to interact with peers around the global who are leading minds in the index and analytics space. Our products win awards and are valued by our clients and I am proud to continue to play a part in this.

    Cons

    There is nothing that comes to mind.

    MSCI Response

    Jun 29, 2016 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    Thank you for taking the time to comment on your experience at MSCI. We are very pleased to hear you are enjoying your work and that you are taking advantage of the opportunities the firm is... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Support"

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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


  4. Helpful (4)

    "No value of Tech Talents, experienced people are leaving every month"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Great company if you are the share holder or if you are the client.

    Cons

    If you are a tech person then you will be in the bottom of the food chain. Most of the experienced and talented developers have left and leaving every month.

    They are also slowly killing the old culture that made me pick this company when I was looking for a job.

    Some senior upper management officers are biased against women devs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating the lower level employees as Walmart treats the store employees. These are the people who are building your product that you sell.

    MSCI Response

    Aug 25, 2016 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    MSCI is at its root, a Content, Platform and Technology company. In support of this we have a robust and aggressive Technology strategy which has been wholly endorsed by the Executive Committee and... More


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Corporate Confusion"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some really good people working there, trying to corral the mess that needs to be straightened out after most of the original talent got chased off by corporate culture changes.
    If you're good, you could become a rock star. Beware the dangers that come with that.

    Cons

    CEO pushing so hard for cost containment that it is hollowing out the company talent pool. Operates like a small company still trying to make it, not a corporate powerhouse that the marketing slicks show.

    Advice to Management

    Talent is not a commodity, and you cannot turn commodity employees into talent overnight.
    Invest for the long run.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Wall Street Retirement Community"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Established Brand
    Highly recurring subscription business
    Well known data and analytics
    Some smart people
    Some innovation
    Engagement surveys

    Cons

    Living off of its legacy
    Lots of overpaid people who were let go from the Street
    Lots of vanity metrics and process
    Top heavy, inefficient, stagnant management bureaucracy
    Constant fire fighting
    Two tiered culture (domestic vs foreign)
    Engagement surveys that go nowhere
    Lack of strategic vision

    Advice to Management

    Can a bureaucracy fix itself?

    MSCI Response

    Aug 12, 2016 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    Thank you for your feedback. MSCI has been conducting engagement surveys since 2011. Since then, the level of engagement has continued to rise. Many actions have been taken over the years to... More


  7. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Smart motivated people and solid mtmgt team

    Cons

    Trying to provide risk and performance analytics to large complex global portfolios is challenging

  8. Helpful (1)

    "MSCI review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Interesting work tasks, high calibre of people.

    Cons

    Office politics and favortisim, all are disincentive to performance.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Like all big firms in financial industry."

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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

    It is a very established firm and has many mature products. The client base is huge. There are a lot of opportunities to learn and to grow.

    Cons

    Acquisitions once in a few year, and there will be rounds of integration and reorganization afterwards. High turnover. Too risk averse and cost concerned.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "A mess"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working hours are decent, office views in NY are excellent

    Cons

    Terrible culture that stiffles innovation, almost all the talent has left the research team since the research head doesn't know his face from his butt, Henry has surrounded himself with yes-men/women while most of the senior leaders are trying to only protect their jobs, they take the research of younger employees and present it their own, .... Can keep going...

    Advice to Management

    Talent requires money and/or freedom. You're not giving either... Also, most of you don't even know your own jobs, it would be good if you tried to learn more and talk less

    MSCI Response

    Jun 29, 2016 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    We are sorry you feel this way. Based on feedback by other employees and workforce data we routinely collect the culture, work environment and engagement is actually strengthening. We take your... More


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