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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
1,915 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Their work life balance policies allow you to work from home when you cannot get in (in 117 reviews)

  • Since it's difficult to get into Morgan Stanley, you'll work with very smart people (in 93 reviews)


Cons
  • Very limited work/life balance, which they claimed was very important to them (in 109 reviews)

  • Long hours in the operation department when the market is bad (in 121 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    So so

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley as a contractor

    Pros

    fleixble working hours. worked from home lots but they were closing that

    Cons

    quite competitive; no one tells you anything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    easy with the pay cuts dude

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Learn here, make money somewhere else.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Operations in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director, Operations in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great online classes and opportunity to learn. Lots of mobility opportunities, especially if you want to go abroad. People are nice.

    Cons

    Your reviews mean nothing. Management will let good people leave if they think they can save money by hiring someone junior. Many people learn and move on. Although management preaches about one on ones and career development, it is non existent. No work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you keep some good people you can have something great. Stop training people up and letting them go to the competition. Only people who care about town halls are managers trying for their next promotion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    bad timing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley (more than a year)

    Pros

    good resources
    good research
    reputation. along w/ Goldman, MS is an 800 lb gorilla in the field.

    Cons

    no real employee development program for the advisors. No patience to let FA's develop a book of business.
    At the time of my employment, excessive # of employees, due to MS / Smith Barney merger. Back biting and scrambling for positions as they shrank in size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take a longer term look at employee development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience. Not good pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President of Tax in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President of Tax in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    work-life balance, personal growth, office culture

    Cons

    promotions, compensatino (base and bonuses), training, management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    compensate your employees for the hard work they do!

  6.  

    Highly political, employees are seen in dollar not human terms

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Still employs highly intelligent and motivated people. The highly complex, global environment and fast pace offer challenges and learning experiences unavailable in smaller domestic companies.

    Cons

    Simply put, you're asked to give more than you get. You'll need to work long hours and weekends. Your personal life and academic interests will have to take a subordinate position to the firm's current agenda. Politics rather than results are rewarded. Innovation, dedication, and results are not valued beyond rhetoric.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean out the reigning middle management who put the company in its current rut. They got to the top in a time when the market was moving so fast that short term focus and cut throat politics were most important. Now the operating environment is different and we need to think more long term and creatively. Management continues pulling up politicians like themselves into leadership roles and stifling innovation while ruining the MS culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Treasury controller

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Treasury in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Treasury in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice Bonuses at year end were expected

    Cons

    Sometimes management play favorites with their pets

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A lot of knowledge to be learned, but a dry culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    A lot of available knowledge, a lot of money can be earned in the right positions with the right people

    Cons

    Identifying the right people to work with, poor company culture with debatable honesty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus in on your culture and focus in on cultivating your younger employees

  9.  

    Great if your a IT Fresher, exposure to corporate bureacracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great exposure to the myriad of Corporate bureaucracy, and red tape which makes a large corporation inefficient. Very well respected name, based on their past laurels, acquisitions, and antiquated brand.

    Cons

    The Corporation is so large, that in IT, it sometimes takes days to get the right people responsible for specific data areas. Ridiculous amount of processes and procedures which keep changing, in hopes that they may possibly be compliant with governmental regulation, and oversight. Very poor long-term employment prospects, as outsourcing, and onshore consulting companies is the current employment/labor model, as it is easy to release them when a routine corporate staffing re-alignment (lay-off) is scheduled. There were over 3 of these in phases in 2014 (I'm writing this mid-July 2014).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think Long-term, Grow slower, and ensure that the systems created are well-understood, and that there are competent staff to suppor tthem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Ego-town

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    You get banking holidays off?

    Cons

    Nobody cares about you or your path

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people more

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Associate in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Operations Associate in South Jordan, UT

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The flexible work schedule and my salary compared to other companies is better than any where else in my area.

    Cons

    I have noticed management does not even know their own department's day to day work. Management cannot even perform any of the day to day work on their own. I am one that believes in leading by example and this seems to be something MS leadership is seriously lacking on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote a model of skipping tiers in management one-on-ones with employees less than Directors. If you really want to know what your management is up to, you should start asking questions to those that are not in leadership roles. Give actual feedback from upper management to staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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