Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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  1. Quickly going down hill at the Central review unit.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Risk Analyst in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Risk Analyst in South Jordan, UT

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive Pay 20 Vacation days 7 Sick days

    Cons

    5 of the 6 supervisors have left in the past 16 months, due to lack of leadership and personal growth options. Original management has been leaving one by one due to lack of interest to retain tenured employees from upper management in NY. This has let in an inexperienced management group who is running the risk area like a entry level role and changing/creating policy on the fly without notification.

    Advice to Management

    Try to retain tenure managers who created the group. Do a formal interview process for new manager roles, don't choose the most tenured risk analyst and offer the role. Their is a reason why these people haven't left and it's because they don't have the experience to do so.


  2. It's still the dog-eat dog, client-last, boiler room culture of the 1980s

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in Harrisburg, PA

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are the family member of a senior employee, you will be set for life, Compensation structure, even after the restructuring for FA comp, is still very generous

    Cons

    To succeed, at least at first, you need to put your own ethics on the back burner and be comfortable with hurting your clients. That is, if you don't, you won't make enough revenue to keep your job. Now if you are inheriting someone's book of business or joining a team, it's a much different story. Old style marketing expectations. Dialing through the telephone book in the days of "Do Not Call Lists" does not work. Other advisors, at least in my office, will stab you in the back if it means stealing an account from you. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about it since they are senior and have certain privileges.

    Advice to Management

    Ethics is not just a buzz word which should occasionally find its way into company verbatim. Client first, always!!!


  3. If you don't want any life, work here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Financial Associate in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great location, nice offices, I liked my co-workers

    Cons

    Too many hours worked, unreliable systems, little pay, little bonus, lots of meetings (most of them unrelated to your daily tasks, but they were held by upper management, so they needed bodies in the sear)

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees, offer trainings, offer free parking to employees


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  5. Good and competent operational and technical staff; heartless, unfriendly, highly political senior management.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly, and competent operational and technical colleagues.

    Cons

    Heartless, unfriendly, highly political senior management. They will pass you in the hallways without so much of a glance or acknowledgment of your presence or contribution. They will take you out celebrate accomplishments, but cash bars only!!!

    Advice to Management

    Look closely at your top ED and MD in IT. You will find a great many of them are not respected by their troops.


  6. The deferred compensation outlier

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

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Brand recognition Good hit vs pitch ratio

    Cons

    Too much deferred compensation Work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Reduce deferred compensation or talent will keep leaving


  7. Helpful (4)

    Satisfied only for a short time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Associate in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    So initially, working at Morgan Stanley is like a dream. Great resume booster, very corporate job. It's easy to get in the door and WANT to do well to advance your career. They offer a work from home option good for snow days, or if you're sick and approved. Also, you get 4 weeks of vacation time, a week of sick time, as well as holidays. There is a structured advancement ladder, so everyone gets a chance. Compensation is competitive as well.

    Cons

    You have to pay for parking, no flexibility. Very hard to get a raise, some people going 2-3 years without a pay increase.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Disappointing Pay

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

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Work with great people - 830am-530pm, good work-life balance - They do consider taking on good employees full time

    Cons

    - Disappointing Pay - Boring Work - Outdated systems (for Dean Witter platform)

    Advice to Management

    - You have to compensate well to keep your good employees around.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Not a lot of fun in IT if you are not Indian

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

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    they usually can pay you

    Cons

    treat you like a serf

    Advice to Management

    keep on hiring h1b's and you'll not get anymore US kids studying computer science. why would they?


  10. Good stuff

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    this job is the greatest, it is.

    Cons

    the lunch room is not that clean

    Advice to Management

    You should clean the bathrooms more often.


  11. Absolutely inadequate training

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

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some additional benefits that are enjoyable, such as museum passes and other activities.

    Cons

    Inadequate training and zero documentation on the company technology, instructed to use old methods of accomplish a task without checking to see if they will still work.



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