Our Culture

Culture and coffee.

These are two integral parts of Morningstar’s atmosphere, aside from our employees and research.

Coffee goes beyond the obvious warm wake-up call in a mug. The employees at Morningstar often participate in what we refer to as “Coffee Chats.” Coffee Chats are informal meetings our employees schedule with one another to get to know each other and their roles. Morningstar is an open, flat organization. Our employees reach out and maintain professional relationships with members of all different teams and departments. Reaching out to someone for coffee to discuss their roles, day-to-day schedules, and responsibilities are encouraged no matter what role you are in.

Before you start filling up your schedule and your coffee cup, we have a few pointers to share with you:  

Reach out and introduce yourself.

The best and most common instance for a Coffee Chat is between an MDP who has recently rotated from being a Customer Service Representative and another employee who works on a team that the MDP is interested in joining or exploring. Send an introductory email that briefly shares who you are, your interests, and when you would like to set up a Coffee Chat.


Do your research. Sure, it is less formal than a job interview, but it is important to remember that this person is taking time out of their schedule to meet with you. Make a list of questions you want to ask them about their time as an MDP and their current role.

Act professional and dress presentable.

A Coffee Chat is not a gossip session. It is a meaningful discussion with an individual who has certifications, qualities, and an overall career path that you admire and want to emulate. Speak and dress for the job you want.

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

This is conversation with a person who you share mutual interests and career goals with. These two words of advice are something you may have heard many times before, but they most definitely apply here: be yourself.

Coffee Chats are not the only symbol that represent the culture at Morningstar. As mentioned above, Morningstar is both literally and figuratively a flat, open organization: there are no corner offices, every conference room has transparent doors and walls, and all our employees invest in each other’s potentials. Within our organization, we have several Employee Resource Groups to foster inclusion and create a culture full of equal opportunities. We also host several networking and social events to provide all our employees with the opportunities to network with each other and learn more about the people they are working with and the company they work for.