Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Very good experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Good office/financial experience, very in tune with team work, learn on your own curb

    Cons

    the pay really loses good people, over turn is very high as a result

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more attention to the needs of the individual as people leave as soon as they get a better job

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great place to grow, poor work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Financial Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Financial Associate in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    20 days vacation per year from start
    Four months paid maternity leave
    Opportunities to grow

    Cons

    They don't care about employees lives outside work
    Salary below market
    Ridiculous hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something about turnover
    Respect work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Operations Analyst in Baltimore Office

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    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    -Good experience within early stages of career in the industry.
    -Educational Training classes are available to learn about different financial products.
    -If one is willing to put in the work and effort, can get some great insight on the industry.
    -High performing employees can be rewarded (not necessarily with compensation) In some cases there is freedom given to employees who are looking to suggest process improvements

    Cons

    -High turnover due to several key reasons...

    -Compensation is okay to start, but the program in place for moving up is simply not great. Many employees are dissatisfied with annual raises if there even is an increase at all. Simply put Operations is treated as overhead throughout the firm and comp seems to depend on each individual business unit's funding each year.
    -Rewarded for time spent in a position and not performance reviews. ( I was blocked from advancing in their analyst program due to starting 1 month past their cutoff...delaying my progression by a full year)
    -Long hours can be common, and depending on the department there can be a very stressful atmosphere
    -Surprised by attitude towards operations. Very Front office vs. Back office mentality

    The high turnover itself seems to be a big con, as it constantly seems like an endless cycle of having too much work when the team is impacted. I

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to find a way to keep employees engaged in the firm in order to reduce turnover

    Treat back office personnel with a little more transparency. Meetings with upper management constantly discussing 'cutting costs' are not
    necessarily encouraging for employees.'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Long hours, great education

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    I learned more here than I have ever learned anywhere else. Great compensation. Solid time-off policies. Hours, while long, are very productive and fly by.

    Cons

    Long hours. Changed managers 3 times in one year, but that isn't the norm. No commuter benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commuter benefits. More clear on the org structure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. If you don't want any life, work here

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great culture, great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    The culture is great to be a former investment bank. The people are great to work with as well. You don't come across the uppity "I work on wall street" attitude to often as you would at a competitor in NYC.

    Cons

    Depending on your department, you can work long hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    This is a very good place to expand upon one's knowledge base and get an excellent grasp of the industry

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Analyst in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Morgan Stanley is a good place that provides several opportunities. Management is always willing to work their employees to help sort through issues. Mobility between career roles is highly emphasized.

    Cons

    Compensation, glass-ceilings and becoming a number instead of a valued employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Satisfied only for a short time

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    Former Employee - Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Associate in Baltimore, MD

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great experience, a lot of work

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    Former Contractor - IT Business Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Former Contractor - IT Business Analyst in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Morgan Stanley as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with the best of the best, highly skilled teams. It was a centralized position that dealt with multiple departments, so it gave me exposure to Operations, Lending, IT as well as other teams.

    Cons

    Working beyond regular office hours and often, to cope up with deadlines and the fast-paced environment. Also, due to budget cuts, when our team size was reduced, our workload remained static, so the others on the team had to pick up the pace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure proper reduction of workload if you are planning on reducing human resources

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. Great experience. Loved the Firm culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Morgan Stanley as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Culture, Training, mobility, and close engagement with management team.

    Cons

    Compensation, job function, every team is different and some have a better culture than others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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