Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Morgan Stanley CEO James P. Gorman
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Pros
  • Their work life balance policies allow you to work from home when you cannot get in (in 117 reviews)

  • Since it's difficult to get into Morgan Stanley, you'll work with very smart people (in 93 reviews)

Cons
  • Very limited work/life balance, which they claimed was very important to them (in 109 reviews)

  • Long hours in the operation department when the market is bad (in 121 reviews)

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  1. Great Company to work for excellent people

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    Current Employee - Program Manager I T in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Manager I T in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great environment, you learn a lot fast, top draw people

    Cons

    very long hours, super fast paced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward the troops more

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great organizational structure, smart and competent people make it a joy to work at this firm.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Leadership and organizational structure
    Smart, competent people
    Ability to work with people in a team environment is important to the firm

    Cons

    Low salaries and bonuses mean that talent leaves to join other firms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify high performers and invest in them through bonuses and talent development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Investment Banking Analyst

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Steep learning curve, lots of mentorship opportunities, great exit opportunities

    Cons

    Always on call, late hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Good

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    Current Employee - Operations Associate
    Current Employee - Operations Associate

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Can work from home, benefits

    Cons

    Salary, management style (micro)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate employees, provide opportunities for advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    -Good Pay
    -Good Benefits
    -Access to senior management

    Cons

    -Long hours but doable
    -Lots of office time

  7. Analyst

    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Smart people you work with

    Cons

    Hours can be too long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

  8. Great company for Working Parents

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Very supportive environment; excellent culture; plenty of opportunities to raise your hand and make meaningful contributions to the team and learn new skills. Senior managers have an open door policy and are willing to mentor if you work hard and deliver.

    Cons

    Resource constraints means everyone wears a lot of hats. Additional investment in technology infrastructure would move things in the right direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Great Internship Opportunity

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    Current Employee - Intern in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    You get to work with some very intelligent individuals. The group you work for can also lead to great career advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    The hours you work as a banker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue investing in future generations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Exciting, challenging projects working with high quality companies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Fast paced, high profile projects. Excellent deal flow

    Cons

    Long hours, difficult to manage work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Despite the troubles coming out of the financial crisis, Morgan Stanley remains a premier Investment Bank

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    Current Employee - Financial Advisor
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    As a large global firm with a multitude of departments, each area may establish its own culture thus the reader should be aware I am reviewing the Wealth Management part of the firm. MS has undoubtedly been on a roll the last few years as they have revamped themselves and made the firm far more client centric. This has benefitted the clients, both institutional and retail and in turn, the employees.

    Cons

    Large organizations by definition have too much bureaucracy and MS is not an exception. Current CEO James Gorman has been aggressive in hiring/promoting outstanding leaders and the organization has improved in this area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink how young advisors are trained and compensated. It would lower turnover. make the hiring process harder but place these young people with potential on a salary/bonus structure so they can learn the right way to acquire and hold on to business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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