Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Morgan Stanley CEO James P. Gorman
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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. Lead Developer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Lead Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Lead Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company with high technology culture, very professional and business oriented, lots of excellent people

    Cons

    A lot of proprietary processes


  2. Trade Support

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trading Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Trading Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The employees were very willing to share their knowledge and experience with me. We all worked as a team for the most part.

    Cons

    As a consultant with the firm, I was not told that the assignment was ending in time to find something else especially since they asked me to stay on permanently.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the temps and consultants a little better. Give a little more notice so someone doesn't end up out of work as I did. I haven't been working in the industry since 2008.


  3. K

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of smart people that are willing to help you.

    Cons

    iT is terrible they basically run the show. The work can be extremely repetitive. bonuses and raises are hard to come by and when you do receive them they are very poor

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on developing your workers


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  5. Good firm, tough job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good comp, smart people to work with

    Cons

    Long hours, work can be dull

    Advice to Management

    More people development


  6. working on wall street as IT

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Morgan Stanley (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    open and direct communication, good comp, nice environment, sophisticated Unix environment ( state of art), talented people to work with

    Cons

    demanding job, need to work about 10 hrs per day (average), compensation is not as good as before, can have a lot of pressure

    Advice to Management

    do not do too much management, stay "open and at direct", that's very important. find good people and keep them.


  7. Great place to learn and grow

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President - IT in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President - IT in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits. Good culture. Work life balance.

    Cons

    Small bonuses. Too many proprietary technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace open source technologies. Its cheaper and better than building it yourself.


  8. AML ANALYST

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AML Compliance Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - AML Compliance Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very professional organization. Worked with very talented people.

    Cons

    Long hours, started to become micromanaged. Help became limited

    Advice to Management

    Be more relaxed


  9. Capital Markets

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Prestigious position at prestigious firm

    Cons

    Pretentious people think they're doing god's work

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. Financial Advisor

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good company with benefits!

    Cons

    Not so great with Minority!


  11. Good Company

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    Current Employee - Manager and Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager and Developer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Pays handsomely. Welcoming and warm team members and management..

    Cons

    At times to much of work load..Need to manage well.



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