Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated August 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. Not bad

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    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally great coworkers. Good work-life balance in Operations. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Hard to transfer into more prestigious groups.

    Advice to Management

    None really.


  2. Great training environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free coffee. Nice work life balance

    Cons

    Sometimes very cliqueish. Some upper management are not involved


  3. Great place to work most of the time.

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great NYC locations. Great people. Great pay and benefits. Great training options. Great Employee Relations. Ability to work remote from home.

    Cons

    The biggest con is the feeling around the agency when impending layoffs are constantly being announced or rumored. No one feels safe or certain how long they will last, from Management on down.

    Advice to Management

    The constant amount of attrition that goes on does not make for a stable environment. It also leads to loss of valued employees.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Poor work life balance, employees treated like commodities

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    Former Employee - Director in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Director in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Office is in New York

    Cons

    I was only at MS for a brief period, but when I was there, I worked very long hours. They have very little appreciation or recognition for hard work. Appreciation is not reflected in compensation or in how they treat you. Getting promoted is definitely like running for political office. You have to know some people at the top (and widespread) to get promotions. I was hired one level below when I joined, promised a promotion opportunity during that year by the head of my group as part of my negotiation. Upon joining MS, I was quickly told that information was untrue, but was tempted with that carrot again when I gave my notice. Everyone is out for themselves, don't trust anyone at Morgan.

    Advice to Management

    Starting showing value and appreciation for employees, stop treating them like commodities


  6. My career starting place and it brought me tons of opportunities from other big companies.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great group to work with, the environment is so friendly and I love the group, everyone is very helpful .

    Cons

    The department is not what I'm looking for for my future career since I'm technical person and would like to get into IT department.

    Advice to Management

    The internship opportunities are the most wonderful ones for college students and I really appreciated it, would like to recommend it to all my college classmates.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good Place To Work

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    Current Employee - IT Vice President in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - IT Vice President in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Performance = Compensation. Lots of opportunities to shine and be rewarded for a job well done.

    Cons

    Basically, you have no life outside of work.

    Advice to Management

    My experence was positive with management. Clear goals / direction. Respect given, and value employees viewpoints and suggestions.


  8. Helpful (1)

    IT: Fine place for "just a job"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Speaking from a "back-office" (IT) perspective... If you're able to let a job just be a job, the pay is good. That is, you put in your 40 hours Monday to Friday, do what's asked in a reasonable amount of time, and get well compensated. Some departments offer workplace mobility or facilitate work-from-home (including all Fridays for those working in the Brooklyn offices). Good standard benefits (medical, dental, vision, etc). Vestiges of a once-great technology division abound, which is nice. The infrastructure is looking crusty in some places (with 10+ year-old parts), but still quite impressive. The internal mailing lists aren't bad either.

    Cons

    It used to be one of the premiere investment banks on Wall Street. Now, thanks to profligate endeavors of the past few years, we've had disastrous results. This reflects badly on us as a firm and brand. Talented individuals depart, feeling the shift away from the massive FIRE (financial, insurance, and real estate) industry, heading to smaller firms, hedge funds, technology companies, and academia.

    Advice to Management

    Speaking from a "back-office" (IT) perspective, for IT management (who seems to rotate in 12-month intervals)... Grow a pair. We've had two years of spastic leadership, with no commitment to the decisions that must be made (why should middle management do anything if they guy or gal above them is going to be gone in a few months?).


  9. Helpful (1)

    The company that once was, can still be by embracing it's history.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are a large company, well recognized in Investment Banking and Securities Industry. They pay well and the Corporate culture is very unique. Respect is given to everyone. Opinions and contributions accepted. Most of the people are very intelligent.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Morgan Stanley has continuously succeeded throughout history because it embraced a certain culture, and ways to do business. Changing culture just because times change can have an adverse effect. Strategy is meant to be changed, culture is meant to last forever. You attract people by compensating them well, you keep people by growing their careers and equally compensating them for their efforts. Lack of compensation is one of the quickest ways to lose top talent. Business minded people always weigh the factors of their circumstances, don't give them a reason to leave if they're your top performers.



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