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Updated March 18, 2017
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
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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 32 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "MSCI review"

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    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.


  2. "horrible culture"

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    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

    Was great team dynamics 10 years ago.
    New management slowly killed jobs, morale and innovation.

    Interns can be helpful, before they move on and don't look back

    Cons

    Business cycle reaching plateau phase, so we seeing anxiety and even more cost cutting.
    Too many foreign teams, for wrong departments.

    Little trust and broken groups. King and queen bee behaviors. Especially if a VP or such is from the partying and/or school circle of top leadership. Lots of clueless upper level moodiness and careless executive leadership. Can make you look other way when in front of client or vendor.

    Everywheer, actually. And constantly. Like in development and facilities management. The crazy paranoid manipulation and targeting for the better part of the past decade. Great laziness and no accountability. Sinking morale. No trust for office management when we see how it damage people and company image.

    Advice to Management

    Do hard-working and balanced employees REALLY have to be part of your school network and party circle to get respect , job security, etc?


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Hellish culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    Pros

    good name, ppl are smart

    Cons

    hellish corporate culture, no true collaboration in research department, promote the wrong type of people, treat employee meanly

    MSCI Response

    Dec 2, 2016 – Executive Director, Americas Recruitment Lead

    Thank you for providing us with your feedback. Please reach out to your local HR Generalist immediately to discuss any unprofessional treatment as this is unacceptable. MSCI has worked ... More


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Runaway train, with Misfit Managers"

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    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


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Never An Ideal Place to Work"

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    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?


  6. "great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    a lot of room for growth, lots of holidays, vacation time, and excellent benefits. very talented group of individuals.

    Cons

    can be disorganized at times, sometimes there can be bad work life balance. promotions can be political. raises is not competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Work on retaining talent. Offer wage increases equal to cost of living adjustments. Company also needs to work on an internal talent recognition program.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Crazy place"

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    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


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible Leadership and cronyism"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Endless politics and paranoia"

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    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


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Ongoing Decline. A lot of hanger ons."

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    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

    Earlier great product.

    Earlier great teams.

    Cons

    Chaotic design, Aging Data. Company basically shops for other parcel companies to buy and outsource most jobs.. Then rides those combined earnings while trying for challenged fits to older, decayed structure. Really political. Terrible long term office management. Clashing cultures. Office management historically incompetent. Paranoid. Just likes to complain and party. And single out talented individuals who demonstrate greater popularity. Or basic competence. Managers with school affiliations ridiculously protected. Hugely dysfunctional. Some of the crazy unqualified managers have actually removed themselves. But it's a horrible place.


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