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Updated June 27, 2017
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  • Excellent place to work with work life balance (in 165 reviews)

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

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  1. "lots of process and compartmentalization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Moody's full-time

    Pros

    great compensation and benefits here. work remote when you want

    Cons

    lots of process and compartmentalization which can slow down progress


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Very racist company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Moody's full-time

    Pros

    - Good work life balance
    - Get your own office
    - Exposure to credit analysis

    Cons

    - If you are not white, you will never be SVP
    - This is the white old boys system at its worst
    - The quick promotions yo senior levels are for white males

    Advice to Management

    This is not the old days. People of color need a career path and mentoring

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Working at Moody's"

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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
    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.


  4. "Good and Bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to get sound footing in capital markets, transactional work and credit analysis. Top shelf conscientious analytical staff.

    Cons

    Flat structure with no opportunity for analysts to join management ranks. Shallow management skills in some LOBs like securitization.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Political, poor leadership development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Moody's full-time

    Pros

    Solid company, good pay, reasonable benefits package.

    Cons

    Extremely poor development of leaders, horrible management of entrenched, impossible to work for managers.
    Quietly reducing staff, treat those impacts like criminals. Package includes stipulation to never work for Moody's again.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Analyst III"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Moody's full-time

    Pros

    Comfortable environment, nice building, has good benefits

    Cons

    Are terrible at managing employees, stuff work onto you regardless of your time. Work overtime almost everyday.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Moody's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some work/life balance flexibility. The work is interesting on occasion.

    Cons

    Compensation not competitive. Little growth. Impregnable glass ceiling for women.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees below MD level.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "VP SENIOR ANALYST"

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    Former Employee - Vice President - Senior Credit Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President - Senior Credit Officer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Collegiate environment among analysts; great environment to learn about credit analysis; closer contact with issuers than mos to other institutions; possible to move around different geographic locations to keep the job more exciting; stable job environment

    Cons

    Unmeritocratic or heavy political environment for promotions especially as you climb to the top; harder to move to other jobs if you stay too long so best to only spend a few years and move on to sell side or buyside for better career prospects; bonus structure is bad but fixed salary is decent

    Advice to Management

    Understand that all financial institutions try to do more with less by promoting younger hardworking employees, but don't underestimate the importance of solid credit skills that can only be gained through years of experience and living through downturns. This especially is valid for their strategy to promote non-credit analysts in some of their emerging market regions.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Decent experience that went downhill very quickly"

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    Former Employee - Associate Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance, friendly environment, decent exit opportunities

    Cons

    Management is near clueless and scrambled around way more than they should have

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees instead of filling senior managements' pockets


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Benefits, quality of work/life, management headed in the wrong direction in MIT"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very few smart and visionary thinkers are people you can learn from
    Close to the PATH
    Well known brand in this industry
    Good amount of work
    Ability to move internally

    Cons

    Even as little as 5 years ago there were better leaders but all pushed out by other managers who were threatened
    Constantly hiring people who bring no value
    Never cutting loose of people who bring no value which causes more work and long hours for some
    No value added people typically get promoted since managers have favorites
    Budgets have been tightened with smaller bonuses Moving employees into picnic style tables in a building where no one wants to go
    Evaluation forms are changed by managers
    Don't tell management the truth about what they don't want to hear or you will be pushed out

    Advice to Management

    We are not a young company to be put into a picnic table to work with no new incentives
    Cutting bonuses was hard enough but do not stick us in a pen like animals
    Look behind the evaluation forms, nepotism and favoritism does exist
    Managers should not change evaluation forms which brings a sense of control over us


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