Morgan Stanley

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Morgan Stanley Reviews in Glasgow, Scotland

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
1,818 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Their work life balance policies allow you to work from home when you cannot get in (in 117 reviews)

  • Since it's difficult to get into Morgan Stanley, you'll work with very smart people (in 93 reviews)


Cons
  • Very limited work/life balance, which they claimed was very important to them (in 109 reviews)

  • Long hours in the operation department when the market is bad (in 121 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A firm with a clear strategy and good leadership; lots of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Pay is average for the amount of work one does

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience, but overworked and underpaid.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Will gain a lot of experience in working to tight deadlines, and meeting targets which are hourly, not daily. Alot of intelligent people working there who are capable of doing a lot better. As previously said looks good on the C.V. As a permanent worker the company offer a good package and many have the opportunity to work across the world in places such as Zurich and Hong Kong after reaching management level.

    Cons

    Reliance upon temporary workers in key areas will ultimately lead to poor performance for the firm down the road. In my area of work, massive temp worker turnover, and many are demotivated doing mind numbing tasks which leads to them wanting out at any costs. Can be a feeling of animosity towards the temp workers from the permanent staff, although that is expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keeping workers on lengthy temporary contracts is a dangerous strategy for the long term, and the workers are likely pushing to get out and find a permanent job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly disappointing "graduate programme"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    The best thing about my experience at Morgan Stanley was gaining the brand on my CV.

    Cons

    The work is not challenging and the company still suffers from the age-old problem with investment banking - having to show "face time", that is, put in long hours even though there is no work to do, simply so that senior management see you in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attempting to fix the office culture by buying pizza at lunchtimes will not help. To raise morale you need to pay your staff more and recognise that a great deal of the work is not challenging, and this is why many are frustrated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Morgan Stanley

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Loads of opportunity in terms of products, region, markets and services covered.

    Cons

    Fast-paced global Company that is run extremely competitively means there is little room for anything other then executing, to high standard 100% of the time over 50+ hours a week - and that was just getting by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow building in more redundancy so everything is not run on the knife edge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience, great work environment with excellent people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great culture, plenty of opportunities, a lot to have for professional development, enjoyable challenges

    Cons

    haven't noticed any except fear of downsizing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please be a little extra clear on downsizing policies otherwise you are doing a great job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cheap Labour Camp

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Commodities Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Commodities Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great exposure to a variety of business units and functions

    Cons

    Crazy hours, poor management, incomprehensible HR / compensation policy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unless chronic issues are dealt with MS will always be devoid of any experienced staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Director Operations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Looks good in the CV, well known firm.
    Good for networking in the industry.

    Cons

    Pay - where do I start??? No consistency in pay. New hires (at a lower grade) paid more than existing staff. Promotion to the next level not rewarded with a pay increase despite the increased workload/responsibilities.
    Training - new managers are not trained and don't have a clue how to manage staff.
    Promotion - Based on "who likes you" and not on merit or ability to actually do the job. If someone in your area has a personal gripe with you, you're pretty much doomed.
    Work life balance - Message from the top is that work life balance is supported. It's not. Often working from 6am into the night, logging in from home and cancelling plans in order to work late. They expect you to drop your life for no reward. Work life balance is a myth. The firm makes it incredibly difficult to apply for flexible working and if you don't have children you'll be at a disadvantage.
    Lunch - lunch time isn't a right and if you take an hours lunch you'll be seen as not working hard enough. Lunch was spent at my desk eating something from the canteen while doing some soul destroying task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people at the market rate. Good people will stay.
    Practice what they preach at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good experience, learned a lot of things related to Trade Operations in Investment Banking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Learning- Lots of products, lots of business, Good structure, knowledgeable people,

    Cons

    Long hours, Pays less than competition, Less job security, Bad IT support, most of the people are very busy and needs to pushed very hard to get work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cost cutting by getting Temporary, interns, graduates, outsourcing is not going help in a long term.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    My summer internship in Operations was an incredible, challenging opptunity for an insight in banking infrastructure.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great, collaborative culture; fast-pased environment with endless resources for individual developement

    Cons

    Huge corporation, thus, constant competition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue being so open to your teams and continue urging them to learn and develop.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK if you want to graft

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Listed Derivatives OPPs Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Listed Derivatives OPPs Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    good training official training classes

    Cons

    location strategy, mobility down to cosyness with managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a more better way to assign promotion based on an objective database and not butt kissing

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