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Morningstar London Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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Pros
  • I love the fact that a work/life balance is always pushed and we are encouraged to take time as needed (in 128 reviews)

  • Casual work environment, generous benefits (in 71 reviews)

Cons
  • One of the cons would be the low pay considering the city it is located at and the cost of living (in 33 reviews)

  • Way too many people take advantage of "work/life balance" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "A great mission-driven organisation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Morningstar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Morningstar is full of good people who take a pride in their work and care about the company's mission to help investors reach their goals. This focus on putting the end investor first attracts people who care about more than simple commercial success.

    There is an inspiring culture of excellence in research and a passion for continued improvement in the products Morningstar produces.

    The culture is very open with a flat management structure and accessible senior managers

    Cons

    As a diverse business there can be competition for scarce resources which can lead to frustrations. The global nature of the business can make it difficult for team members to understand how different parts of the business fit together which can result in a silo mentality. Offices across several continents naturally results in conference calls at pretty unsocial hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing! Morningstar is a very special place with a unique culture that is must be preserved in this very fast moving and competitive environment.

    Morningstar Response

    May 31, 2017 – CEO

    Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts about Morningstar and our unique culture. You’re right, we’re a very mission-driven organization and most here find great energy and inspiration in... More


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Company with good mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Morningstar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has a mission to help investors and they are serious about it. The offices are very well designed and the people who work there are smart and easy to work with. A good place to start your career.

    Cons

    Pay is poor, especially for the financial sector. They do not make retaining talent a priority. There are limited opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Redirect some of the money that is spent on extraneous costs to salaries. Work with employees to create viable career paths. Recognise that achieve growth you need to invest in people.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Benefits betters in the Chicagco office"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Morningstar full-time

    Pros

    Open communication, easy to gain access to senior management.

    Cons

    Benefits much better in the Chicago office (sabbaticals for example, which don't exist in the UK office). Not enough invetstment in some key products (such as the websites).

    Advice to Management

    Flatten out tenure benefits so other global employees are rewarded for terms of service as well as the US employees.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at Morningstar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice working environment, relaxed culture, good management.

    Cons

    Pay increases not the best.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "London office"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Morningstar full-time

    Pros

    People and employees are delightful - office environment.

    Cons

    Local Management do not lead - I would like to see a vote of no confidence. Remuneration packages have always been poor but lately so far behind market not worthwhile to stay for longer term members of staff.


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Great people but London is no Chicago!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people and the work life balance. You have a low jerk factor for a financial service company. Smart and lovely people work here and they make the job enjoyable. They treat employees like adults and expect you to get the job done.

    Cons

    The pay is low. People are constantly given "promotions" and told it's an "opportunity" which is code for no pay increase. They do not have a policy to post open positions internally first so jobs are just given to favourites. HR is a joke. I have seen people complain about serious situations and nothing was done so people resigned. Great people. The benefits for a UK firm are not great. Pension match is OK. The maternity is government minimum so senior women approaching child bearing years are considering leaving. And the US gets a sabbatical where UK gets the minimum time off. They are obsessed with being a great place to work in Chicago but won't spend the money in London. Except on the furniture which seems to have an endless budget.

    Advice to Management

    The new CEO has promise and says he wants to hear from everyone but people are told off if they complain outside of their chain of command so make sure you don't surround yourself with sycophants.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good company culture and great intro to Financial Services"

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    Current Employee - Client Relationship Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Relationship Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Morningstar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can learn a lot about all areas of Finance, and management / senior staff in London office very approachable. Nice social culture.

    Cons

    Career paths are not obvious so you need to seek out opportunities to progress. Pay is lower than other Financial Services companies.

    Advice to Management

    Devolve more power from Chicago to Europe to create more dynamism in local country offices

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morningstar (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, culture and benefits

    Cons

    growth opportunities, relationship with Chicago, not really much travel involved, feels a little too big


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Interview question for software developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Morningstar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work, company atmosphere and growth

    Cons

    Salary, incentives, and senior management

    Advice to Management

    Look after employees


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Client Support"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Morningstar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and possibility to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Collaboration between internal teams could be stronger.


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