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Updated May 21, 2017
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  • great company culture, great work life balance (in 159 reviews)

  • great collaborative work environment, work life balance (in 43 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Very good firm to build a career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President - IT in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President - IT in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Moody's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, strong management team, good work/life balance for most people, good pay, strong financial results for those eligible for stock options (VP and above), family oriented and LGBTQ friendly firm

    Cons

    Key decisions that impact you are made strictly at the top (typical of wall street firms). No battlefield bonuses during prolong work hours to meet key deadlines. Hard to get promoted due to the legendary 8-box and performance curve.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the curve and 8-box system. There has to be a better way to more objectively measure people's performance and contribution


  2. "Great Work-Life Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst II in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst II in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Moody's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, flexible managers, great pay for the amount of hours worked, diverse and accepting environment

    Cons

    Slow to promote, typically raises are limited to cost of living, bonuses aren't ordinarily paid out at 100% at the associate analyst level

    Advice to Management

    Pay out full bonuses or make clear that it won't be the case upfront.


  3. "PMOless"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Moody's full-time

    Pros

    Overall the company is good to work for.

    Cons

    When mid-level managers are brought in to run the PMO (even though they have never run a project) and start hiring consultants and former associates from Deutsche Bank (where they came from) and paying them crazy money, it leaves a very sour taste in everyone's mouth. Especially when PMO lead gets his former associates to write and rate his performance. Makes you wonder....do you really want to work in the PMO office......?? Cloud strategy is off the rails, going in the absolute wrong direction as new SVP's who work remotely tend to regurgitate others presentations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a close eye on your PMO consulting and salary budgets. Know who and where reviews come from of MD's.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Quant Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 Moody's full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relax environment and great office

    Cons

    hard to move up the hierachy

    Advice to Management

    be more inclusive and diverse


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Moody's"

    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
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Moody's (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent medical coverage, depending on the department you can work from home.

    Cons

    Promotions only happen if you are well-known by a senior leader or if your manager likes you.

    Advice to Management

    Need to have promotion and growth path for junior and mid-level staff.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Analyst Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst II in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst II in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Moody's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    AMAZING work life balance
    Smart, thoughtful people doing interesting work
    Good exit opportunities
    Ability to pursue CFA designation while working

    Cons

    Management forces unnecessary and unhelpful changes
    Comp is the number one reason people leave; if comp were better turnover would shrink immediately

    Advice to Management

    Make all employees bonus eligible


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good work/life balance but poorly managed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Moody's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance. Interesting work if an analyst.

    Cons

    Poorly managed. Lack of recognition and reward. Lack of upward mobility.


  9. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    fair, time, flex, work from home,

    Cons

    there, are no ,cons,at Moodys

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  10. "Vice President"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Moody's full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits for the industry

    Cons

    Career opportunities limited after reaching a certain level
    No work/life balance in certain team


  11. "A worthwhile experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Moody's (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Received insightful advice from seniors, went through the internship before University and colleagues gave sound advice for what to expect and everyone were kind enough to take out time to speak to you. Having an internship at Moody's in high school had prepared me for finance courses in uni and made me top of my batch when getting selected for banking internships.

    Cons

    Open-door policy: close to non-existent (maybe it's just in my case)


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