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Horrible place to be a junior banker

Investment Banking Analyst (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

ProsStandard investment banking training makes you really good at finance and accounting
Morgan Stanley's name always got the attention of anyone who looked at my resume
Superficial attempts at making the culture better

ConsWhere to begin...

Awful culture. Described on Wallstreetoasis as "dog-eat-dog snake pit" - very accurate description from my experience as well.
No sense of camaraderie, analysts treated like sweatshop workers (senior bankers recruit by picking those who they think can churn out the most work, no regard for cultural fit)
Extremely judgmental and high pressure / stress-inducing culture from senior bankers
No one cares about your development or exit opportunities, they just want their work done
Split into Corp Finance and M&A group; unfair to Corp Finance analysts who don't get as much technical exposure or any deals on their resumes
Don't expect to be able to recruit outside of California

Four analysts quit within a 6 month period of working there (out of 10 analysts)

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be so judgmental, and don't be terrible to work with if you don't have to be

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    In A hurry to dump all the Citi People

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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


    Pros: Generally a good company to work for if you're in… Cons: The team I worked for consisted of a number of women in all the management position. Seems there was a lost in direction and a… Advice to Senior Management: Too many managers managing the same people causing lots of… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Good culture

    Senior Associate (Former Employee) New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time for more than 3 years


    Pros: Enjoyable environment pre-crash, team was large and focused. Lots of… Cons: post-crash, constant layoffs and outsourcing. still feels constantly in upheaval Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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