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MSCI Reviews

Updated July 23, 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. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. An office with a view. Smart colleagues.

    Cons

    excessive internal politics. A broken performance evaluation system. Cliquish management.


  2. "MSCI"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Storage Engineer in Norman, OK
    Former Employee - Senior Storage Engineer in Norman, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, people are great to work with

    Cons

    Global communications between teams is not where it should be

    Advice to Management

    Have better team communications and with individual's of the team

  3. Helpful (5)

    "heading downward"

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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

    Pros

    job growth possibilities if you live in mumbai or manila; if based in dev market will gain exposure to other cultures when you train your eventual replacement

    Cons

    new ideas are stifled or stolen by managers. no risk is worth taking in case it goes wrong, no one wants to be holding the bag. firm is focused on cutting costs, paying the c-suite, and milking revenue from clients. promotions are part random part based on kissing up to clueless management


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible Leadership and cronyism"

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    • 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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not much. If you're in sales you have an easier time. Used to be fair promotions. Now it's all just from weird connections.
    Working to keep things in pipeline used to be an efficient process.
    And there were easier sales until recently.

    Cons

    Horrible turmoil. Non stop turnover. Company surviving by riding general stock market wave. Bad team structures in place. Historical abuse and even harassment of employees. Surprising that the place hasn't been sued more. Just so much paranoia and pushing. For project management that has terrible planning. Or good communications. And no real leadership in corporate office management. Cronyism and incompetence is the m.o. All over the place. A ton of manager laziness. So productivity is hard. Especially when the other people don't feel safe or appreciated. Historical harassment in many ways. Often to redirect hyper spotlight on others. While partying and using family connections or other status.

    Advice to Management

    Work more positively with your original office. Do real reviews and rebuild. You can still turn things around. It can only help you to do real team work.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "MSCI"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good work life balance
    people are friendly, flat structure

    Cons

    Very poor
    comp
    Terrible managers
    Too lean
    CEO is not respected/not a good leader


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Endless politics and paranoia"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New products and the market is good, so easy to try things out on clients.
    Some of ineffective senior managers have left.

    Cons

    A lot of hurdles. Your basic jungle. A lot of mistrust and secrecy, especially from head office. A lot of unprofessional behavior there and other offices. Home offices face unclear future. People have survived in their shaky roles by charming the visiting management executives, and otherwise just partying when the king is gone. And targeting co-workers. A lot of the people can't easily work anywhere else. What a mess.

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying and try harder


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

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    • 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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Worked as VP in the firm"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Process driven company, strictly managed, solid index business

    Cons

    Way too much outsourcing to overseas, high tension in the firm, poor management on the analytics business lines.

    Advice to Management

    Less outsourcing, value the employees, give the life back to the employees


  9. "Great and growing company"

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    Former Employee - Financial Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with a global team.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of internal career mobility.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Too much politics"

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

    Pros

    Smart and hard working employees,

    Cons

    politically motivated management. Condescending supervisors

    Advice to Management

    Rid itself of inside politics


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