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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.4 1,549 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

Morgan Stanley CEO James P. Gorman

James P. Gorman

(719 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Their work life balance policies allow you to work from home when you cannot get in(in 95 reviews)

  • There are lots of smart people there who you can learn a lot from(in 82 reviews)


Cons
  • Very limited work/life balance, which they claimed was very important to them(in 90 reviews)

  • Long hours in the operation department when the market is bad(in 105 reviews)

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    Engaging

    Financial Advisor (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsHuge commitment towards technological superiority
    Good health plan and retirement savings benefits
    Focused on being the best in wealth management

    Conscompensation for FA's is constantly in-flux
    as 'infantryman,' FA's need to diffuse controversial pricing and fee policies with clients
    The firm is focused on being the best in Wealth Management and Investment Banking. Firm should break away from the pact by offering the best work-life balance benefits in the industry

    Advice to Senior ManagementAn emphasis on work-life balance would be great for morale

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Financial Advisor

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosfocused management, low pressure environment

    Conslegal and compliance and marketing can be difficult to deal with

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay focused, continue to listen to your advisors

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    Great Experience

    Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsLearned a tremendous amount about the finance industry, wealth management as well as financial services.

    ConsTraining and culture could be a little better.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company, very difficult to survive as a rookie

    Financial Advisor Associate (Former Employee) Albany, NY

    ProsGreat name recognition...products and management...if you aren't partnered or mentored it is impossible to get out of the gate and bring in the minimum dollars necessary to stay employed...

    Consshort life span if you can't show progress within a few months...

    Advice to Senior Managementhire a fraction of who you currently hire and allow more time and mentoring for success

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Its not great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslooks good on your resume

    Consdo very boring work. dont learn much

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    capital markets manager

    Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsEmployees are exposed to a top-tier global platform. This provides a great learning experience in the form of exposure to a broad range of projects and issues as well as continuous learning through new challenges.
    Provides the opportunity to work alongside accomplished colleagues.
    Important piece of a career in finance.

    ConsWork/life balance is poor. This is similar to the experience one finds at most investment banks but bears mentioning.
    Advancement opportunities can be politically limited

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    service rep

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosrespectable company to work for, seems like some departments may be nice to work in. they are open to letting you move within the company without your manager sand bagging you to keep you.

    Conson the service side of things you gain more and more responsibility and levels of expertise with no increase in pay. cant say that i've ever seen a company consider a move into a management position as lateral before.

    Advice to Senior Managementmanagement is very straight forward and honest from my experience. thats nice.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great working environment and experience at MSWM

    Wealth Management Intern (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    Pros-Team-centered, collaborative atmosphere with a good balance of hard working yet friendly, sociable colleagues.
    -Good work-life balance with steady 8-5/6 hrs. Latest could expect to be out is 7-8pm.
    -Relaxed environment yet high performance expectations. You are expected to self-manage and a high degree of employee discretion with workload/reporting.
    -Great exposure to both analytical and client facing responsibilities as an intern.
    -Entrepreneurial environment with much potential to really excel up and receive recognition by both team and institution for outstanding work.
    -Good firm culture -- mutual respect amongst employees, flat hierarchy with easy access to MD, ED and branch Management.
    -They treat their people well, not necessarily salary wise, but as a matter of paying due respect.

    Cons-Rigid, established management and difficult to implement improvements to archaic processes, as is custom with large institutions.
    -No formal training process, and hence new employees/interns are left out of the loop on basic things that require some training to pick up.
    -The process of hiring interns could be more efficient.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFormalize an intern-hire process, or at least offer a path of least resistance for (well performing) interns to pursue other opportunities within the firm.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexibility with work hours and time off. Great benefits and vacation time.

    ConsLimited career path, not very much respect if you are not on the sales side of the firm. Rest of the company is secondary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen up more opportunities and create a better working environment for the employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Operations Analyst

    Senior Software Developer (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat environment, professional employee culture, a lot to learn, and great management and mobility

    ConsTech systems can be improved

    Advice to Senior ManagementSeminars and one on one meetings can assist in promotional and leadership growth of the employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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