Morgan Stanley
3.4 of 5 1,420 reviews
www.morganstanley.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated Apr 23, 2014
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3.4 1,420 reviews

                             

77% Approve of the CEO

Morgan Stanley CEO James P. Gorman

James P. Gorman

(640 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Their work life balance policies allow you to work from home when you cannot get in"
    in 88 reviews
  • "There are lots of smart people there who you can learn a lot from"
    in 78 reviews
Cons:
  • "Very limited work/life balance, which they claimed was very important to them"
    in 81 reviews
  • "Long hours in the operation department when the market is bad"
    in 102 reviews
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Good Job for a person with a lot of time to dedicate

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Morgan Stanley

ProsFlexible schedule
Good base salary that lasts 3 years on a decreasing basis after year one

ConsHard quotas to meet
Requires a lot of hours plus nights and weekends to be successful

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Great training ground, nice people, well paid

Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsPeople are great, lots of benefits, good pay

ConsBig corporate feel, mobility, communication

Advice to Senior ManagementDo more to develop employees

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

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Bring relationships!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time

Pros- Great autonomy
- Good funding for marketing events
- Location great
- Platform top notch
- Fair compensation
- Great leadership
- a lot more..

Cons- Not a lot of support until you do $150K GDC
- Cold Caling
- Poor success rate of new advisors
- Extreme barriers to entry for new advisors in the industry

Advice to Senior Management- Incentivize teams for growing and taking on new FAAs
- Don't focus on recruiting talent, its the business model that needs focus. Focus on B2B, leads, and relationship management and drive those relationships to teams.
- If the business/executive relationships (the basic FA resource) are focused on by the company then people will want to be a part of that. Talent will come to you, and so with their books.

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

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Good place to start your career

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Morgan Stanley

ProsGood environment to grow for a year or two

ConsNo where to move up within the group that you are assigned too.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Intern (Former Employee)

I worked at Morgan Stanley as an intern for less than a year

ProsOpportunity to demonstrate abilities and get first hand experience because of the team I worked in.

ConsThe exposure you'll receive is completely dependent on the team you work for. Some interns spent the summer cold calling every day.

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

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Great summer experience

Private Wealth Management Intern (Current Employee)
Wayzata, MN

I have been working at Morgan Stanley as an intern for less than a year

ProsLoved working with my superiors. They had a vested interest in my training and were always available for questions. I received great career and networking advice. Would recommend to any young business major.

ConsWish I had more client interaction. (Varies depending on wealth management group)

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

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Great learning environment and culturally mixed

Business Analyst (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat working environment. Always new things to learn

ConsCompensation could be better. More raises

Advice to Senior ManagementMore senior management exposure and communication

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

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Great Company to Work For

Vice President (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time for more than 8 years

ProsMorgan Stanley offers a great work-life balance (dependent upon your manager / department) and training. Many opportunities available with the ability to move around the company. The benefits are also very good.

ConsThe pay the past couple of years (along with many other financial institutions) has not been great. If you have been with the company long, you are below market.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork to bring your employees who have been with the company many years, to near market salaries. A lot of knowledge is walking out the door when a long time (good employee) leaves 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 career launching pad...

Associate (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time for more than 3 years

ProsClassy & intelligent colleagues, excellent benefits

ConsPay was stagnant, a lot of growth opps missed relative to competitors

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not bad.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Morgan Stanley

Prosgood pay, good people, learn a lot

Conslong hours, lot of stress

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