Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated August 28, 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. For a huge company, Morgan Stanley is pretty good

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Environment is encouraging and open, management is easy to access/talk to. Easy to foster relationships in various back-office specialties, even across the country, which makes solving problems and getting questions answered more efficient. Benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    It is almost impossible to get a meaningful raise here if you are support staff. They will promise you one, then end up freezing payroll, then give you a couple thousand bucks the next year. Not a ton of opportunities to move up to other positions. They seem to transfer in Morgan Stanley people in the same position from other offices when something opens, and employees don't find out that the position was open in the first place until it is filled. Management often does not seem to have the power to fix things or get something done.

    Advice to Management

    Salary should be more performance-based. Whether you are awful at your job, or excellent at your job is less relevant than the amount of time you have been at the company.


  2. Financial Advisor Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Entreprenuerial, competitive environment. Outstanding investment and planning resources. Supportive management. Huge upside potential.

    Cons

    Tough business. If you can't take rejection this isn't for you.


  3. Trade Support

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    • 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.


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  5. K

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  6. Operations associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, culture, and work atmosphere. The hours were long, but manageable. My work colleagues were great.

    Cons

    The work was mundane and repetitive. Most tasks are easily learned and get boring after a while.

    Advice to Management

    Have rotation programs within ops so that employees can see different facets of the business when they first join.


  7. Operations

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Diverse group of people willing to help you. If you have the right attitude and network, doors will open.

    Cons

    Long hours would be it.


  8. Great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mobility, good management team

    Cons

    Turnover of leadership at higher levels


  9. Good firm, tough job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  10. customer service representative

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in South Jordan, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good amount of financial knowledge gained, lots of opportunity to grow in financial industry

    Cons

    My position was a call center, I was responsible for a large amount of information and guidance on various issues from retirement, new accounts, banking, and web support. This created a very stressful environment at times due to the complexities of each of these large lines of business

    Advice to Management

    more thorough training, not just in a quick few days of training but when reps are on the phones as well by experienced peers.


  11. Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work! Everything depends on the team you're on.

    Cons

    Very big organization so need lots of follow up with different desks



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