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Great place to work

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Morgan Stanley

Pros

* Top notch colleagues
* Competitive compensation package and benefits
* Opens many doors should you wish to leave
* Largely supportive of taking time off
* Provides opportunities to succeed

Cons

- Same as all investment banking jobs - hours.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Manage hiring / layoffs better in downcycles

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    Outstanding people, but very demanding

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Senior Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Supporting the trading side of the firm requires you to constantly be on your toes. The can change rapidly and you need to be able to adapt to it.

    Developers at the firm vary widely depending on the area you work in. The infrastructure types tend to bo those developers you most likely see at Microsoft (very strong technically, but very introverted). On the other side, the developers supporting the various trading desks have to be sharp technically, but also able to manage the traders you support (which can be a very dificult task).

    Because of the diverse range of jobs available, there is a position for every type of developer across the firm. Also mobility across the firm is strongly encouraged by senior management.

    Cons

    This job can be incredibly demanding! Especially with the current state of the economy, every developer is expected to do the work of 2 or 3 normal developers. That being said, the demands of the business unit continue to rise, so you're left with a case where the business continues to want more, but you can only deliver so much (the business unit is never satisfied)

    Also, while there is a significant investment in technology across the firm and its viewed as being one of the most critical pieces to the firms success, it is not at the forefront of the company when compared to trading or investment banking. Developers are in a way second class citizens so we mostly affect the bottom line of the firm indirectly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The recruiting process across many teams in the firm is inconsistent. Some teams hire excellent developer talent, while other teams consistently hire weak developers. There should be more unity across IT as a whole for recruiting processes.

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    Morgan Stanley - Strong Firm, Good Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President Finance  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President Finance in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Morgan Stanley is a reputable firm with a strong management team. They offer excellent opportunities for career development including tuition reimbursement, extensive learning programs, job rotation, etc.

    Cons

    Corporate politics and personal agendas sometimes impede projects from moving forward. Functionalization efforts to increase efficiency have hindered communication resulting in "silos", or departments that tend to work independently of each other. Internal growth is heavily promoted and supported however, individuals "climbing the ladder" often find themselves falling significantly behind market value in terms of overall compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require functional and business leaders to establish a vision for their areas and develop means to hold them accountable. Goals should be established at the departmental level and clearly communicated to employees, regularly - inclusive of progress. Human resources needs to better parter with management to help them understand employee terminations and compensation practices promoting a culture of meritocracy.

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