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S&P Global Ratings Reviews

Updated April 20, 2019
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Pros
  • "Good work-life balance, competitive salary, good growth paths" (in 159 reviews)

  • "Work life balance with ability to work from home" (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "Constant changes in senior management" (in 31 reviews)

  • "The project is not always valuable to the business, but upper management is reluctant to change course" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Return to Glory?"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at S&P Global Ratings full-time

    Pros

    -Good enough salary to live in Manhattan
    -Great exposure to markets
    -Historically a great brand

    Cons

    -Company has re-invented itself in recent years (lots of new staff and new criteria) but could come up on top once the dust settles
    -"Sink or swim" mentality with new associates going into rating committees. People are expected to learn things fast AND then apply learnings quickly case by case in each committee.
    -Company has so much data other market observers would love to have, but company does not do a good job in being "academic/white paper" driven with all the great data company has. Example: Are bigger companies more credit worthy just because of the fact they're big or is that a misconception?

    Advice to Management

    Create more layers for promotion


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 S&P Global Ratings full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Culture and company is highly invested to grow you in various fields especially around technology. Interesting projects and great people to be surrounded by. Work and Life balance is quite manageable.

    Cons

    Not a lot of strong leaders

    Advice to Management

    In order for the company to be successful, you need right people in the right roles. There are strong junior and mid level managers that are good but senior managers are not very strong leaders.

  3. "Stuck in the past but getting there slowly"

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

    I worked at S&P Global Ratings full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn, good benefits, access to C Suite managers in industry

    Cons

    Poor mid-level management management, unpredictable bonus

    Advice to Management

    Ramp up leadership training


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Overall good - allow lots of opportunity to work from home"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lifestyle, intelligent colleagues, work from
    Home

    Cons

    Pay, not a ton of autonomy

    Advice to Management

    Cutting the bonus for 2018 was really stinky (made me change my original word choice)


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Changed company"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY

    I worked at S&P Global Ratings full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Oligopoly business, fast pace, can be interesting work

    Cons

    Company has fallen prey to management/consulting gurus. When I joined, the CEO told all employees that they were the company's assets. When I left, the CEO was dead and managing directors were regularly clear cut. Doesn't seem like a great way to run a long term business.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Good place for certain types of analysts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at S&P Global Ratings full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - most people are pleasant to work with

    Cons

    - President of Rating division is from Pepsi. You draw your own conclusion.
    - Absolutely horrendous bonus for 2018.
    - this place attracts “certain” type of analysts: (1) fresh out of college who have no experience and want to use SP as a stepping stone to elsewhere (2) middle-aged analysts who may grow up at SP and have nowhere else to go because their skills are simply not good enough for anywhere else (and both they and next employer know it) - ie, they are stuck until they get laid off (3) those seeking to have the flexibility to get great work from home perk (many time, “not” work at all) or very long maternity and paternity leaves - ie, new and prospective parents. (4) those who are just content with status quo and unwilling to learn because they know ratings analysts can get by with minimum
    Level of knowledge that barely scratched the surface - this applies to junior and senior analysts. (5) very rarely you see some very dedicated analysts who truly like old fashioned research and go above and beyond. They may get recognized yes. But then an incompetent analyst from the previous four buckets can simply put in more years than you and STiLL get promoted to your level, just because they did not fxxx things up. So how does that make you feel?

    Advice to Management

    If you are not a “research shop” that rewards star analysts (or willing to hire skilled people), then don’t try to brand yourself as one. The market is Ok with you being that mediocre dinosaur with the duopoly power - people still come to you for ratings regardless how much your analysts suck. Many useless internal initiatives take up much time with no good result - just read the transcripts and search “Simplify” - see when did this initiative was first announced publicly and you’ll know.

    S&P Global Ratings Response

    Mar 28, 2019 – Communications Specialist

    Thank you for your candid feedback. We remain committed to attracting the best people and creating ways to further our employees development at all levels. For more information on our purpose and... More


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Bonus Pool slashed to 70% in a good year; some payouts as little as 25% of target"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at S&P Global Ratings full-time

    Pros

    No one questions you leaving at 5 pm given that kind of year end comp

    Cons

    Bonus went from above target to 0.5x target. Hard to reason given the year.

    Advice to Management

    Don't show your face and certainly don't promise rewards programs you can't follow through on.

    S&P Global Ratings Response

    Mar 28, 2019 – Communications Specialist

    Thank you for your candid feedback. We appreciate the work you’ve done on behalf of S&P Global Ratings to help us power the markets of the future. We encourage you to reach out to your supervisor or... More

  8. Helpful (14)

    "Pro tip: Ask in your interview about how stable/reliable bonuses are..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at S&P Global Ratings full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall the firm is ok to work for however see cons for some color on what to watch out for.

    Cons

    The whole ratings division was told during a global "town hall" conference call that the entire 2018 bonus pool would be 60% lower than target because management was too optimistic and fell short of some undisclosed financial targets. There was no indication throughout 2018 that anything was wrong so the disclosure in late Feb 2019 (very late to begin with) came as a big shock/disappointment. Individual bonuses have now been disclosed and will be paid in a week or two.

    S&P Global Ratings Response

    Mar 22, 2019 – Communications Specialist

    Thank you for your input. We appreciate the work you’ve done on behalf of S&P Global Ratings to help us power the markets of the future. We encourage you to reach out to your supervisor or your... More


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Changing environment and culture"

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    Former Employee - Md in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Md in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at S&P Global Ratings full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance and smart colleagues

    Cons

    Upper management is disconnected with the ratings business which if further neglected would become adrift


  10. Helpful (8)

    "A knowledge-based business that thinks it can do without the knowledge"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Analyst in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at S&P Global Ratings full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible remote working permitted, good camaraderie, and a great learning environment

    Cons

    Senior management deeply out of touch with the day-to-day needs of the business, only focused on the stock price. Frequent culling of productive, experienced, senior talent and periodic deep cuts to the bonus pool that are disconnected from actual business performance. Inability to compensate people properly leads to mediocre hires, poor customer service, low morale and high employee churn.

    Advice to Management

    Balance the needs of all stakeholders better. Employees are important stakeholders. By constantly burning employees, stockholders will ultimately be burned as well, though maybe not in the short term.