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S&P Global Ratings Reviews

Updated 2 January 2019
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Pros
  • "Good work-life balance, competitive salary, good growth paths" (in 156 reviews)

  • "S&P is also a big university of technical and soft skills" (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • "When beginning a job at S&P, go in actively expecting that it has been falsely advertised to you" (in 30 reviews)

  • "Constant changes in senior management" (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Return to Glory?"

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    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. "Renewal specialist"

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    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

    Flexi working good work atmosphere

    Cons

    Poor growth management are meek

  3. "Still a great place to work"

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    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

    Nice working environment
    Interacting with issuers and market participants
    Huge responsabilities in credit markets
    Decent pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Long working hours
    High pressure
    Still not sure on which criteria bonus is awarded to analysts

    Advice to Management

    Pay up senior analysts with bigger bonuses to keep the knowledge
    Improve geographical rotation


  4. "Senior recruiter"

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    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good management and culture

    Cons

    Recruitment processes need to be streamlined

    Advice to Management

    Acting upon this


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Word Life balance, International company and good network

    Cons

    Low evolution and comparatively low Salary and benefits in the Financial services industry. Regulation and processes weigh on analytical work


  6. "Great work Environment. Business strategy outside ratings is a bit muddled."

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    Former Employee - Director in London, England
    Former Employee - Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people. Opportunity to progress. Decent Salary.

    Cons

    Business Strategy outside ratings unclear. Continuous tinkering.

    Advice to Management

    Ratings business is great and unique and the company has a great position. Business risks can be diversified in adjacent areas in the core independent analytics with a clear view that margins cannot be similar to ratings but growth can be higher.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Disappointing experience"

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    Current Employee - Ratings Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Ratings Analyst in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from Home is possibleand there are opportunities for office mobility worldwide if you are lucky and your manager supports you. If not, then you will not only stay at your current grade forever, but forget any other opportunities, whether office or internal mobility.

    Cons

    There is no such thing as talent retention at S&P Global, particularly if you are part of the analytical pool, they will bluntly tell you, leave, we get a flurry of resumes like yours if not better everyday.

    There is a huge focus worldwide on hiring junior analysts and getting rid of SD and MDs, recent career progression decisions entail that the maximum grade you can achieve if you are an analyst with no reports is Associate Director. Once you get to this level, my advise (and theirs) to you, is leave. Clearly they want to hire cheaper labor, perhaps even all based in Mumbai, India.

    Advice to Management

    You don't realize that some of your management practices can turn employees into company haters, disengagement is much more widespread than you think. Your reports make you believe they work productively, clearly some of them don't as they are entirely disengaged and are waiting on the next opportunity elsewhere.
    Here is another one too: WWW is a pain for 75% of the time and 75% of the employees. It has resolved some marginal operational issues, but is not streamlined or powerful enough to fight against a culture of disappointment and indifference that is spreading rapidly amongst employees.

  8. "Full time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at S&P Global Ratings full-time

    Pros

    Cross division / global internal promotion opportunities
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Continual change of executive management leading to loss of strategic direction


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Operations lets the company down"

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    Former Employee - Ratings Support Specialist in London, England
    Former Employee - Ratings Support Specialist in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at S&P Global Ratings full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Multinational
    Exposure to capital markets
    Tools available if you want to broaden your knowledge
    Some decent people

    Cons

    Poor internal mobility
    Incompetent operations (Rating Release) management on a global level
    Bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Change every single person on the Rating's Release management team globally (ST, AC I don't know about APAC). Look for ways to improve your staff skills and morale. Treat them like that matter.


  10. "MyNameIs"

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

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

    Pros

    Good IT processes.
    Close relationships with the different groups across the different sectors

    Cons

    Downsizing of IT in EMEA.
    Has become very process driven with too many forms slowing down the release cycle