At Morningstar, Inc., 74 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 668 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.48. It was published on Sep 10, 2018. 10917 Visitors

What Employees Say

I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
People care about each other here.
Management trusts people to do a good job without watching over their shoulders.
I can be myself around here.

What They Do

We asked Morningstar, Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research. We offer an extensive line of products and services for individual investors, financial advisors, asset managers, and retirement plan providers and sponsors. We have operations in 28 countries. 

About this Company

Website: Industry: Financial Services & Insurance
US Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois, 60602 US Sites: 8
Major Locations: New York, New York, 10007; Oakland, Maryland, 21550; Woburn, Massachusetts, 01801-6820 US Employees: 1,694
US Revenues: $687 million Worldwide Revenues: $911.7 million
Employees Worldwide: 4,724 Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: MORN Founded: 1984

Morningstar, Inc. has been awarded:

Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work for® 2012 (ranked 89)

CEO Kunal Kapoor congratulating employees who received 2018 Impact Awards

Perks and Programs

We asked Morningstar, Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Morningstar Scholars Program: The goal of Morningstar’s global tuition assistance and development program, Morningstar Scholars, is to provide assistance to eligible employees pursuing an advanced degree while continuing their employment with Morningstar. We believe that by investing in our employees’ education and development, Morningstar will become a stronger company.
  • Sabbatical Program: Regular, full-time employees who are continuing their employment with Morningstar are eligible for a sabbatical leave of up to six weeks in length after every four years of completed service. Employees continue to receive full salary and benefits while on sabbatical.
  • Educational Stipend: Morningstar strives to provide ways for employees to improve their skills and knowledge by providing an annual spend of $1,000 per employee. Employees are able to choose how to use their educational stipend. It can be applied toward books, seminars, conferences, journals, professional memberships, and/or study materials. We also provide another stipend covering the chartered financial analyst exams and membership.
  • Employee Resources Groups: We welcome all affinity and employee resource groups. ERGs create a safe and supportive space for all and can help increase employee engagement and satisfaction. ERGs are important to attracting new talent to Morningstar, connecting networks, people and other organizations to our Talent & Culture with diversity recruitment efforts. They often help facilitate Morningstar's community outreach relations across other companies, organizations, and universities. Morningstar's Employee Resource Groups include Morningstar's Women's Initative (WIN), Out at Morningstar (O@M), Morningstar Latinx Community (VIVA), Morningstar Black, Caribbean, and African Network (BCA), Men as Allies, and Morningstar Indian Affinity (Jai Ho).
  • Employer Funding for Health Savings Accounts: Morningstar provides funding for employees’ Health Savings Accounts. We fund $500 annually for employee-only coverage and $1,000 annually if an employee has family coverage.
  • Global Mindfulness Program with Whil: Morningstar understands that everything starts with your physical and emotional well-being. In Fall of 2018, Morningstar began offering the Whil app to all Global employees. Through mindfulness practice, Whil offers over 1500 audiovisual sessions covering 12 aspects of well-being and performance, created with top MDs, PhDs, and trainers in psychological resilience, tailored to fit your personal and professional needs. Whil offers demographically and situationally specific video curricula, e.g., courses for parents, thriving in a creative industry, maintaining resilience in the financial industry, and women in STEM.
  • Development Programs: Morningstar has a long and successful history of hiring smart, talented people, often right out of college or early in their careers as part of the Morningstar Development Program, and then bringing them up as future leaders of our organization. Hallmarks of the program continue to include moving through business-critical roles such as customer service, where recent grads get boot-camp style training on Morningstar’s clients and products, and research, to gain a deep understanding of the data that fuels Morningstar’s business. Morningstar also offers a manager training program "Advancing Leaders" that is rooted in our mission and core values and designed to help our leaders develop new leadership skills that encourage and support our people. Participation in this program reinforces the strengths of our managers and helps them learn new skills to support and further meaningful engagement with our people.
  • Bright Horizons - Backup Childcare: Morningstar has partnered with Bright Horizons, a leader in backup child care, to provide full time employees with up to 20 days of backup child care per child per year.
  • Pre-tax Commuter Benefits : Morningstar employees can pay for up to $260 of commuting expenses on a pre-tax basis. 
  • Bagel Day: Morningstar hosts Bagel Day every Wednesday morning at our Chicago headquarters. During this time, we encourage employees to come down to the café to have a bagel and reconnect with people they may not regularly see during the week.


75% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 7% of salary76% Company-paid health coverage for employees
76% Company-paid health coverage for dependents No limit hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
$20,000 Average Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Restricted stock units
Employees brainstorming ideas in the office


Unlimited Vacation Paid time off Unlimited Sick Paid time off
6 weeks Paid sabbatical after 4 year(s) of employment Unlimited Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (10% use it)
  • Telecommute option (6% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (2% use it)
  • Onsite Amenities (Broad array of discounts including computer, phone, entertainment, food, gym; patio parties; free training and seminars (personal and work-related); free coffee, tea, and soft drinks; free bagels on Wednesday; time-off for volunteering; library; showers; wellness activities such as the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge; two in-house dining areas)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
20 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)$4,000 Adoption benefit
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)
*Not all employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • On-site or near-site backup childcare center
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

$323,640 Philanthropic donations in last year $114,148 Total company-matched employee donations in last year
Yes Recycling program


  • Head of Talent Acquisition and Management oversees diversity and inclusion practices
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • 30 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Employees chatting on the patio


Speaker Series - CMO Rob Pinkerton Interviewing the CEO of Jellyvision

How to Get Hired

We asked Morningstar, Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

We look for curious, bright, driven, hard-working people who enjoy collaboration and camaraderie and adhere to the highest ethical standards. We value independent thinkers who have excellent communication skills. Regardless of personal interests, applicants should be guided by a strong desire to change things for the better. We prize creativity and analytical ability; a varied, interesting background gets our attention as well. You’ll find people at all levels of the company with degrees that range from Russian Literature to History, English to Finance, and Psychology to Anthropology. 

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Write a great cover letter. Demonstrate genuineness and confidence in one's own skin, and a true understanding and interest in Morningstar and creating better outcomes for investors. True excitement comes through in an applicant's tone in written and verbal communication, follow up, attention to detail, and thoughtful questions.  

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We believe in hiring for leadership and core skills and then training on specialized skills.  Examples: Hire good writers and train for investment analysis to develop fund analysts. Hire C developers and train for .NET.  technologists. We have a lot of opportunities available and we are going to work hard in the upcoming year to get the word out about our opportunities.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Talk to Morningstar employees. We’re a very friendly bunch. Our corporate website has extensive information about our business and careers. You can find more information here: LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram are also good sources on company updates and job opportunities. We also recommend you visit our website for individual investors:    

hiring Outlook

650 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 3% Job Growth
22 Average applicants per opening 28,387 Total job applicants
10% New hires by employee referrals 39% Openings filled by current employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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