Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated June 10, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance depending on your role (in 117 reviews)

  • Smart people from diverse culture & background (in 93 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is really bad (in 109 reviews)

  • Long hours leading to potential burnout (in 121 reviews)

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  1. Director

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    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

    They are a wonderful company who create room for one to move up and also let you come up with your own ideas on process improvments.

    Cons

    currently my only concern is they are not located close to where i live and so i have to drive an hour and a half one way to get to the office.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work and keep promoting the Morgan Stanley culture as that is what has kept me there until today.


  2. Great Place

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Vice President in Baltimore, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, challenging work, no complaints

    Cons

    There are none that come to mind

    Advice to Management

    Continue to challenge status quo at all levels


  3. Good...but

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Columbia, MD

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

    Pros

    They have great benefits like unlimited sick days, ability to WFH and generous maternity leave

    Cons

    They work you to the bone! I never worked less than 45 hours a week.


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  5. Morgan Stanley operations analyst III

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst III in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst III in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Culture is changing for the better since they pay overtime now.

    Cons

    In general, if you are a hardworking person, they will expect a lot from you for not much money. It's difficult to fire people though, so those who aren't hardworking aren't expected to do a lot/get paid the same.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great place to grow, poor work-life balance

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

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

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

    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 Management

    Do something about turnover
    Respect work-life balance


  7. Very good experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (1)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.'


  9. Long hours, great education

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    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Commuter benefits. More clear on the org structure.


  10. If you don't want any life, work here

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great culture, great people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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.



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