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Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Working for Morgan Stanley was a great experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management as an intern

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

    Pros

    Overall it was a great learning experience. My supervisor was very nice along with everyone else in the office. There weren't many other interns in my office so I often worked alongside my boss.

    Cons

    The hiring process was extremely confusing. It took over 4 weeks to actually get a login for the computers. In addition I was not paid immediately due to a problem with HR.

    Advice to Management

    HR should really be more involved with new hires and teach them company policies. In addition when hiring someone new make sure there is space for them.

  2. Optimization and data visualization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - High School Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - High School Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management

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

    Pros

    Good cafeteria, lots of freedom, lots of personal space. I was also given access to their testing servers for new software.

    Cons

    My relationship with my boss was really strained. He was uptight and harassed me after the first month. He only let up after I aced a presentation to his boss.

    Advice to Management

    Don't put so many Highschool interns in one place. We'll work harder a little split up and we see each other at lunch any way.

  3. software Engineer

    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Investment Management full-time

    Pros

    The information technology department is well organized and follows clear SDLC . The software stack is comprehensive and up to date.

    Cons

    Trying to outsource most of the software development activities.

    Advice to Management

    none

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  5. Excellent company; success really is up to you

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Wealth Management Advisor in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Wealth Management Advisor in Fresno, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I can only speak for the Fresno office, as I can almost certainly say that each individual office in varying cities will have different "vibes". Absolutely top-notch trading platforms and industry-leading portfolio options. Management was hands-off and allowed me to do my job the way I was most comfortable. Kind, healthy work environment- a very positive, balanced culture, as well. Senior brokers were willing and eager to help when questions arose.

    Cons

    You must pass your Series 7 on the first attempt. I did. You must pass your Series 66 by second attempt. This is where i failed. I can't blame anyone but myself. I will say this: The STC training software that prepares you for the exam is markedly different in terms of quality when comparing the Series 7 and 66 study materials. I wish there were more "on-demand" or live classes to keep me engaged. Once you pass the "7", your brain is fried... but you still have more to do!

    Advice to Management

    Look in to updating the training software for Series 66

  6. Good brand - not necessarily your last stop.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunity to gain experience and take on responsibility quickly.

    Cons

    Political and management is too top down focused.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the people on the ground.

  7. A challenging environment for a long-term employee

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    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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)

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

    Pros

    Great culture and people; challenging environment

    Cons

    Location is not that great

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