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MSCI Reviews

Updated August 21, 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. "Executive"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very smart people. Great products and strong presence in the marketplace.

    Cons

    Can be slow to adapt. Not a meritocracy

    Advice to Management

    Need to revive risk-taking and stop penalizing failure


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Appalling and Inhumane Long Term"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some new technology. And a yearly fun day, which you will need to job search.

    Cons

    Just a chronic bundle of insanity and even cruelty. Unrealistic deadlines. Frantic and frenetic activity to please shareholders, with no regard for order. And a dog-eat-dog everyday mentality in the bulk of senior associates, VP's and Exec Directors. Now it's all starting to show, as the more sane and professional keep moving on. And company slowing down. Those managers who stay can't easily get work anywhere else. Senior management doesn't care about developing people. So the majority of management is just symbolic and hanging around, poorly trained as managers. Milking the cow if connected. Most are put there and allowed to stay because of some kind of party connection. A school or family-to-same school as Senior Managers type of deal. It's hard to believe the 5 star reviews here, because everywhere people (unless they are the privliged family connection managers) are stressed and afraid. Few people trust working for them. And that hasn't changed. They can easily let managers crush someone's idea before evaluating it. Another management group delayed making overdue updates even though associates were begging for it and it proved costly not to do. Poorly trained and risk averse management kept complaining about the junior levels, who turned out to be right. Other management knew one of the corporate services workers had a family member battling cancer and the worker couldn't therefore do the office politics and parties. The team member was very competent and well liked, so insecure but connected management conspired to try to get the worker to quit. Just Insecure nonsense to keep others down. Others can't deal with the long rapport building process for sales so Coverage can be pressured even more. And only when others become aware of the horrible treatment does Senior, remote management mysteriously appear to offer a buyout package. They tell the employees to get lost. And earnings per share might go up that quarter by a fraction of a cent, on the salary which has now been exported. And the immediate managers are often promoted to more incompetence, getting a share of former team members salaries, as their promotion raise. Is it any wonder that few really trust working for this place?

    Advice to Management

    Fix the entitlement and check in with what's really going on.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Very interesting work in investment management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the most interesting work in asset management. You are on the forefront of trends and get to experience first-hand how the industry manages money. You can get exposure to everyone from hedge funds, asset managers, pensions. A very broad view, with lots of large, great clients. You are not just dealing with a product, many times you are selling and discussing new ideas. Some of which are disruptive (which are interesting). Lots of models, data, and analytics work.

    Cons

    The index and the analytics businesses are run very separately. Some of the management is fairly aloof and shortsighted, managing shareholder communications vs. focusing on core operations to build better products to improve the share price.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your office. Get off the phone. Walk the floor. Understand the business better.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Client Service Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Relatively non demanding work hours.

    Cons

    Flat organizational structure, not much room to grow within organization


  5. "A good place to work but could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    MSCI is a cutting-edge financial services company. Leading provide indexes, analytics, real estate data and Environment, Social and Governance reports. Smart, savvy employees in a global operation.

    Cons

    The company still has its silos, based on its divisions between index, analytics, ESG and real estate.The culture could become more cooperative--more would get accomplished and turnover might decline.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in a culture consultant to get people rowing in the same direction. Stick to the long-term plan of investing in the business.


  6. "awesome place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at MSCI (Less than a year)

    Pros

    some great people to work with

    Cons

    no cons found in the company


  7. "In general, good place to work at"

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    • 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, senior people are accessible and easy to talk to, regular pay check, flexible with regards to relocation.

    Cons

    Constant reshuffling of leadership, seems disorganized, many different cultures from the various companies that have been acquired by MSCI.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency about the future plans, more communication with all employees.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Executive Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well recognized brand and market leader in benchmark indexing. Decent lateral and geographic mobility especially with more experience. Global presence and strong, diverse client base facilitate the educational process.

    Cons

    Senior management is reluctant to get involved with and understand the details of critical products and use cases. Growth in organic businesses (indexes, risk analytics) has been challenging as the company has achieved strong market share with the appropriate clients, but then struggles to innovate beyond the profile of the "typical" client. Instead, growth comes from acquisitions and a lot of pressure around meeting shorter term sales objectives. Efforts would be better spent on medium term strategic planning across all product lines - especially those recently acquired.

    Advice to Management

    Engage in more depth with clients. Rather than just paying lip service, understand how clients use the products and what the product shortcomings are. Hold everyone accountable to the success of the business over the medium term: this includes researchers, middle management, and junior analysts. Pay a little more for the associate and VP level client coverage positions and show a higher caliber employee to clients.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Crazy place"

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Earlier strong brand.
    Earlier humane and fair place.
    Some incompetent and abusive management has taken their act elsewhere.

    Cons

    Competition catching up after morale split apart and productivity down. We can't seem to stay on track and are lucky the market hasn't corrected more. The sales and facilities management often seem just going along for the ride. Especially if there are parties and maybe even a little shopping involved. Horrible behavior and tricky poltics. Sprecial friends of senior managemnt survive by party offering and name dropping. Doing very little work but taking credit. Their incompetent behavioirs are totally allowed. And we've seen them really try to detstroy others who are onto them. A pathetic and careless management allows this. Who knows? Just a tactic to save more money in addition to extreme outsourcing?

    Advice to Management

    Shame on you


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great brands, mismanaged"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    exposure to senior level clients for junior workers, good work life balance

    Cons

    Comp, turnover, unrealistic expectations from upper level management

    Advice to Management

    Have realistic views about the state of the business


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