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Morgan Stanley Investment Management Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
43 Reviews
3.6
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Morgan Stanley Investment Management Chairman & CEO James P. Gorman
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  1.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Management is great, a lot to learn here. Fast pace work environment but it was rewarding.
    management is very fair and is willing to listen if you have an issue.

    Cons

    extensive training, but it being a financial services company that is expected. Although you are expected to do the training and take exams afterwards while also doing your daily work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have new employees do the training BEFORE they start working. it is pointless to have the employees do the training while doing other work. this was counter productive as you are only paying attention to one thing at a time but doing two things.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A challenging environment for a long-term employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Investment Management

    Pros

    Company name recognition and friendships developed over the long-term have been appreciated

    Cons

    Office culture, work/life balance, internal management shifts every 2-3 years and nepotism are a challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the value of institutional knowledge and experience in your long-term employees and create definitive career paths to stem high turnover in key areas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    on a road to nowhere...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management

    Pros

    well run equity business, fixed income is a huge drag.

    Cons

    all the disadvantages of working for a large regulated bank without any of the benefits. The retail business won't/can't distribute your product and the people in asset raising have no real story to sell.

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  5.  

    Portfolio Service Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Investment Management

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Strong corporate environment

    Cons

    Compensation increases are slow. Bonuses are not tied to work performance.

  6.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Great culture and people; challenging environment

    Cons

    Location is not that great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A big step down from the old Smith Barney

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Adisor
    Former Employee - Financial Adisor

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The charitable gifting employee match program is peerless. You can give to any 503c right off your pay stub and the company will match.

    Cons

    Bully, thug culture. My boss actually called me to brag about firing another employee as if to say this could happen to you. The whole place lost the sense of logic and reason at Smith Barney in favor of rigid obedience to hierarchy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can not give advice to those who are convinced they no it all. But that the wire houses all copy each other and have lost a near complete hold of the wealth management market in the 1980's to now only 35%.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Bad working environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Investment Management

    Pros

    There was good pay and an exciting environment for finance. Expectations of what was to be done were very clear.

    Cons

    There was a very drab office culture -- however, I am comparing the finance world with the culture of subsequent jobs in tech in Silicon Valley.

  9.  

    Intern Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Investment Management

    Pros

    fantastic boss, great experience, eye-opening window to the investment management industry

    Cons

    tough hours, job offer is difficult for youngsters

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Positive experience working with a group of Professionals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Wealth Management Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Wealth Management Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Investment Management as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Hours are fair and consistent, a few late days but no weekends. People are pleasant to work with and willing to help interns learn.

    Cons

    Work can get tedious and sometimes boring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Rudderless ship a drift and horrible culture to boot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management

    Pros

    Scale, smart fellow employees and good location in NYC

    Cons

    PM's are unchecked and senior management has no idea how to run asset management company. Compliance, investment in IT and people, compliance, risk and culture is not in the even part of the discussion. Believe they are a boutique IM firm, but offer mediocre at best value and performance and most of business is intermediary although they lead you to believe they are institutional. goes to show how little senior management actually knows about business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only way to grow firm and gain necessary control is to fire PM's, hire a CIO and look for some experienced asset management leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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