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Morgan Stanley Smith Barney President Greg Fleming
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Pros
  • Stable career and good work/life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Fortune 500 company with good benefits (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • There is a disconnect between the companies desire for Financial Advisor Associates to succeed and their actions (in 20 reviews)

  • The training program was a complete joke (in 13 reviews)

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  1. It was a fantastic experience. You work along the smartest people in the industry and the learning curve is steep.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Wealth Management Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Wealth Management Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Right when I walked into the door, people were greeting me instantly. Everyone is truly dedicated to their work and this promotes internal competition to constantly keep you thinking on your feet.

    Cons

    My boss didn't provide the amount of work that I had expected. I felt that I kept asking for more work.


  2. Young culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    MSSB has young and vibrant work culture. people embrace new thoughts and are open minded. Great place to join no matter if you are intern or MD.

    Cons

    Not a product company hence projects move with their own pace!

    Advice to Management

    Invest in more trainings.


  3. I have spent 10+ years at Morgan Stanley (and I am a woman), climbing the the ladder from an entry level position.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Exeve Director in Purchase, NY
    Current Employee - Exeve Director in Purchase, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a meritocracy where talent and harwork are rewarded. There are scores of mobility opportiunities and career development offerings. Diversity is sinceerely embraced here. Nothing feels forced. I especially appreciate their commitment to women and the developement of their careers.

    Cons

    Compensation is fair, but certainly not on a par with Goldman Sachs. But on the plus side, you may actually have a life while working here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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  5. Summer Intern- general office operations/ excel work etc

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people! Flexible hours/ good hourly wage

    Cons

    none- lots of great things to say about working here

    Advice to Management

    keep up the great work


  6. Positive

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Those that work hard and are willing to learn about their business will find enough projects to prove their worth

    Cons

    Things are still in flux and will take years to settle in to a rhythm.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the tech - don't stop improving and look to advice from the people that do the day to day work - their insight is invaluable...and generally more accurate.


  7. MS Global Wealth Management Summer Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Global Wealth Management Summer Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Global Wealth Management Summer Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was a part of the MS team for the 2012 summer as a global wealth management summer analyst. I had the opportunity to challenge myself daily and work with a diverse group of people. I was in a market facing role, so my days were always different with new tasks. The directors were all stand-up guys, always offering to lend a helping hand to the rookie and offering advice when needed. The hours were a little long, but the days flew by being around a great group of people.

    Cons

    As an intern, you always get the short end of the stick. Meaning you get the work load, the phone calls no analysts want to handle, and maybe even the longer day. But, thats part of being the intern.

    Advice to Management

    I'm a big guy, I need a longer lunch break.


  8. Great opportunity Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Support Desk in Warren, NJ
    Former Contractor - Support Desk in Warren, NJ

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy Going atmosphere everyone extremely friendly

    Cons

    There were none it was great


  9. Started as a wealth management intern, then received a job offer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They sponsor you to get licensed immediately, there are locations nationwide and internationally so it's good for someone like me who may not plan on living in NYC forever.

    Cons

    In branches, job opportunities are limited. Your only options are Financial Advisor, Client Service Associate, and Operations. There are several opportunities in Morgan Stanley itself though, so this isn't much of a con.


  10. An excellent company to work for. Opportunities abound for quality people who know how to get things done.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Purchase, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Purchase, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Excellent Medical/dental etc.

    Cons

    Financial Services Industry is not well received by main street at the moment.


  11. Had a great intern experience, and am now a full-time employee. Great work environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I love the work environment at the branch. Everyone gets along, there's always work to do so the day goes by quickly. Also, I like the fact that I can go to the nearby headquarters building and use the company gym for a great price.

    Cons

    No downside where I work, but I've been to some of the more corporate offices and the environment seems VERY different than the branch environment. It seemed pretty quiet (not that it's loud at the branch, but it's lively and welcoming).



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