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S&P Global Ratings Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Great place to work, good work/life balance (in 124 reviews)

  • it's not competitive with the banks, but you really do get a 9 to 5 workday (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • When beginning a job at S&P, go in actively expecting that it has been falsely advertised to you (in 28 reviews)

  • Technology is underfunded, repeated reorganization, revolving door of senior management (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Company is changing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a striving for analytic excellence throughout the rating part of the organization. The people are collegial and supportive of each other. Great place to cut your teeth and learn basic credit analysis and focus on learning a market sector.

    Cons

    The company is struggling with the mechanics of becoming a regulated entity and a public company at the same time. The spirit is more than willing but management's lack of practical experience in both areas is painfully distracting to the rank and file.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on profits and not just costs or revenues, ROI analysis is a real thing that for-profit companies find helpful. Protect the core franchise by listening to and supporting your rating analysts. On regulation, emulate the banks and open serious dialogues with the regulators and be prepared to teach them about the rating business and learn from them about risk management at the same time.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good For Short Term"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well recognized brand, good benefits

    Cons

    High turnover of senior management, lack of transparency, poor performance incentives, low employee morale

    Advice to Management

    Give proper incentives to your employees outside of the analytical community, do a better job of linking skills to positions


  3. "Great place to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ratings Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Ratings Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good job. Good atmosphere. Great experience.

    Cons

    The office is due for an expansion.


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  5. "Great company to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data/ETL Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Data/ETL Architect in New York, NY

    I have been working at S&P Global Ratings (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work culture, very supportive managers

    Cons

    Very slow in decision process...


  6. "Mediocre place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility, somewhat interesting work

    Cons

    Don't reward people who excel appropriately which leads to too much mediocrity

    Advice to Management

    Focus on identifying and retaining top talent


  7. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Most people are easy to get along with. S&P provides great exposure to the capital markets broadly and the work is intellectually interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    S&P is not a growth company and is top-heavy at the director and above levels. There have been layoffs in many areas. As a result, there are very few promotion opportunities and morale has suffered.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in IT (data and workflow management). Simplify processes and methodologies. Work on improving employee morale.


  8. "Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good company to work for as a consultant.

    Cons

    Some confusion due to downsizing.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible Culture and People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance if you are in a well-staffed department, Decent benefits

    Cons

    Terrible culture; managers turn a blind eye to junior analysts being overworked and underpaid, no effort is made to encourage well-being and retention, senior management only cares about bottom line. "Collegiate" culture leads to uncomfortable, confrontational atmosphere where good behavior goes unnoticed and a terrible attitude gets rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people or they will run to the next decently paying opportunity out there


  10. Helpful (4)

    "CREDit Analyst Program"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    1) This program is fairly new AND small. It's first 'analyst class' began in summer of 2015 for class of 2015 graduates (undergrad). The classes are usually about 10-20 (at least in the New York office). 2) The analysts all start with a training program. This training gathers all analyst from all major S&P offices around the world and invites world-class NYU professors to teach finance, analysis, etc. 3) This program is an acceleration program in terms of corporate hierarchy. You can start as a research assistant, but it will take you AT LEAST a couple years to be at an analyst level. 4) Analysts in the US come from usually econ, finance backgrounds from east coast schools ranging from Rutgers to Yale. 5) The unique aspect of this program is supposed to expose you to ALL FOUR of the major money-maker departments. It is designed to start as a summer intern in ONE department, and rotate through THREE departments after graduation (assuming you get an offer back). 6) The exit opportunities are expected to be good. Obviously this is a new program so there's not a huge alumni network from the CREDit program. S&P kinda expects and hopes you to stay after the program and choose one of the rotation teams. I'm assuming many graduates can go on into the buy-side in the debt industry.

    Cons

    You will need to put in the time into this program. It's a competitive program and the upper management expect you to put in the time and effort. Yes, you won't be pulling investment banking hours, but don't expect it to be a 9-5 job, unless its the training period. You'll be rotating so don't expect to get comfortable too much since you'll be moving teams and changing bosses.

    Advice to Management

    Interview according more to the analyst program itself. Obviously the candidates need to have a general finance background, but don't ask questions that aren't reflective of the analyst program. I don't know why the management team feels the need to ask investment banking questions and overly difficult questions. Also, be more responsive to the first and second analyst class - we will help you and HR refine the program so work with us. Take each of our feedback seriously.


  11. "manager"

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

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

    Pros

    room to grow in company

    Cons

    long hours and difficult to communicate to others

    Advice to Management

    none


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