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Updated April 24, 2017
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  • great company culture, great work life balance (in 158 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Not for the faint of heart"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst (MIT) in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst (MIT) in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Very successful company
    -Profitable
    -Few competitors
    -Growing
    -Good benefits
    -Decent pay (for IT)
    -Good location downtown at WTC.

    Cons

    -Toxic environment (in some groups) with everyone looking out for themselves and trying to look good to their superiors
    -Many people in CYA mode all the time
    -Heavy work load
    -Long hours
    -Way too much process and overhead for the release schedule you are expected to meet, and they wonder why you don't have all of your t's crossed and your I's dotted
    -Very adversarial and territorial between IT and business
    -Questionable work-life balance (in IT)
    -Test environments that break constantly causing excessive delays with releases

    Advice to Management

    Wake up - people are burning out in IT!


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Moody's - The Land of Banality"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I’m thriving since leaving. My new company has already incorporated several of my ideas for strong Human Resource/Business partnership.

    Cons

    Everyday at Moody's I was told, "not here", "we don't do that here," in response to every idea I had.

    Advice to Management

    Moody's - a great example of how HR should NOT function. Never let your professionally, creative people go...they thrive elsewhere.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good, collaborative culture"

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

    Pros

    Senior level exposure early on, good benefits, work that impacts the market, hours that won't kill you.

    Cons

    Salary isn't on par with an investment bank

    Advice to Management

    More transparency around budgeting, salary bands, clarity for promotion process


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "It's a start"

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

    Pros

    Learn about debts and how companies manipulate them. Also learn the business process within moodys. Work with a lot of different teams

    Cons

    Difficult to grow. Learn everything within 7 months. GMO has a negative stigma. Does not pay well


  6. "VP"

    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
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible work schedule; multi culture environment; respect independence;

    Cons

    limited potential growth; career mobility is low

    Advice to Management

    promote career development opportunity


  7. "Research Intern"

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly environment. There's a lot of access to knowledgeable people willing to listen to and share your ideas with.

    Cons

    A lot of different branches within organization that don't have much contact with each other.

    Advice to Management

    More integration between teams.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience to develop career"

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

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

    Pros

    Most of my coworkers are very intelligent. The hours are good. The compensation is fair. The firm has a great reputation. Good place to become a big fish in a small pond.

    Cons

    As in any corporation there is the battle between legacy and risk taking. Certain groups are more forward thinking. Others can be a pain to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop talent.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Title Grade Discrepancies at Moody's"

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

    I have been working at Moody's full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance and flexible career mobility. Big advocates on diversity and inclusion.

    Cons

    Titles are not in sync with the rest of the financial industry and can be misleading. You really have to earn your stripes here to get an officer title. For e.g. an Assistant Vice President here is considered a very senior position, equivalent to a director or vice president outside of the organization. While other financial banks sort of give away officer titles (a dime a dozen in some banks) it is based on performance, accomplishments, seniority and other metrics at Moody's. Every metric is ranked by the book!

    Moody's Analytics goes by different titles all together. An Associate Director to Director is the range of an Assistant Vice President at Moody's Investor Services division. Someone on the outside looking an can easily misinterpret the seniority of an individual, which is why its important to read between the lines of the functions and responsibilities involved
    .
    Ratio of plan vs. execute is a bit off in terms of strategy (not enough leadership and resources on execution). Behind the curve on technological development.


  10. "Senior Associate"

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

    I worked at Moody's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great place for credit training
    - Nice people and working environment
    - Good amount of training offered

    Cons

    - Hard to switch to investment banking in early years
    - Pay is low on a relative basis

    Advice to Management

    - Increase pay


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Don't ever work here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President IT in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President IT in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Moody's full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, nice offices. You can have no brain and work here! All you need to be able to do is breathe.

    Cons

    Absolute and total incompetent management. Couldn't run a project or a program if they tried. IT thinks they are God, yet for a totally second and third rate IT organization I cannot understand why.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of focusing on trivial no sense, take a hard look at your middle and upper management and clean house.


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