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Updated March 22, 2017
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  • Senior management is not really up to the job (in 31 reviews)

  • work life balance can be challenging if you need US overlap (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Old Culture is Dead."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance can still be achieved if you're hitting targets. Friendly and smart people work here.

    Cons

    Unattainable sales targets. They are bleeding asset managers try in a time where active management fees are shrinking. They expect 3+ years of double digit growth but they haven't created anything new or innovative in years

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees more. We've doubled the stock price in under a year. Stop being greedy and reinvest in the culture you once had.


  2. "review"

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

    Pros

    good reputation and open evironment

    Cons

    focus too much on short-tem strategy and less on technology


  3. "Decent but not great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Decent salary
    Attempts are being made to possibly fix some internal issues

    Cons

    Departments are disjointed
    Though there is room for advancement, you had better be in one of the big offices (NYC, London) or your entire department can be invisible
    NO overarching strategic vision especially with smaller, newly acquired projects

    Advice to Management

    There's some great talent around the company. Identify it, support it, and strengthen the future of the company.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Runaway train, with Misfit Managers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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


  6. Helpful (4)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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


  7. "Good as a first job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Index Production Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Index Production Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MSCI (More than a year)

    Pros

    A company that cares about employees

    Cons

    Roles in Mexico are rather operational, not good for someone looking for deep analysis. Good for a first job.


  8. "QA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I like work culture at MSCI

    Cons

    no work from home facility available.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Never An Ideal Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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?


  10. "opportunities to try different things"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    When I was there, there were many opportunities to move around within the organization, and I was able to work in different positions in different locations, which was excited as I was in my twenty's.

    Cons

    After several mergers, the company has experienced many management changes and as a result lost good talent and good managers. Only certain types of people survived.

    Advice to Management

    The company kept people who are loyal to the company, and lost people who are well liked by customers.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "meh to ok"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people. You can advance if you want to work all hours.

    Cons

    Not much culture at all, nor effort by management to have one.



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