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Morgan Stanley is a top notch employer

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Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Vero Beach, FL
Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Vero Beach, FL

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

Pros

Prestigious brand. Open architecture. Tremendous opportunities.

Cons

Predatory associate program. Lack of training.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Help younger advisors build a base and partner with retiring advisors

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  1. Great place for entry-level investment management experience. Learn the business.

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Green Bay, WI
    Former Employee - Vice President in Green Bay, WI

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learn basics of investment management, get experience. Morgan Stanley is as good as any other firm, and better than many. Learn the business, build some clientele. If you're smart and a hard worker it's easy to move up the ladder into executive positions without a whole lot of serious competition. Great benefits and great flexibility. If you are successful, the compensation is limitless. It can be a great company for the right individual that's a good fit for this industry.

    Cons

    You don't own your own business that you can pass to your children. The culture is highly dependent on the office that you work in: it can be a great culture or it can be a very lousy, dog-eat-dog culture. If you're not very successful your compensation will suffer greatly and you will eventually be cut. The senior executives take risks that are far beyond their IQ, that often result in huge losses and government bailout. The senior executives often lack focus on the core business, and stray into areas that often result in huge losses. The weakness of the firm is at the top. The firm always puts its interests ahead of the interests of its clients. Morgan Stanley is firm-centric instead of client-centric.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take less risk, understand your core business - investment management - focus on that. When you manage other people's money, you need to have a AAA rating yourself and unassailable integrity - both of which you are greatly lacking. Stop putting the firm's interests ahead of the clients' interest.

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    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Fair place to work

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    Former Employee - Operations Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Operations Officer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The people, job opportunities, ability to flex work day

    Cons

    Things are changing, communication used to be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the people below you are important without anyone to do the work nothing gets done!!

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