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Morgan Stanley CEO James P. Gorman
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  • 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. Helpful (2)

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues, lots of flexibility. Good opportunities to develop skills. Very professional environment - I was always proud to be part of a team.

    Cons

    All Wall Street firms are stressful places to work, and Morgan Stanley is not an exception. Sometimes you have to work at times you prefer not to.

    Advice to Management

    During the credit crisis John Mack did a good job of communicating to employees what was happening in the economy and to Morgan Stanley. He also told employees he understood if they felt they needed to sell their shares of MS stock.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Trading desk

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with many opportunities to move

    Cons

    I think there was poor middle management

    Advice to Management

    weak middle management


  3. Helpful (2)

    Morgan Stanley is an excellent company to work for in IT

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - In IT, I found most of the people to be high caliber: i.e. smart, proactive, very good work ethic, respectful. - IT management is open to ideas from all employees. - You work hard, sometimes long hours, but there is also emphasis on work-life balance. - Very good salary and benefits. - If company has a decent year, and if you did your work well, the bonus is very good.

    Cons

    - The process for getting promoted (e.g. from associate to VP, from VP to ED) is not good. I know employees who were outstanding for many years and still they were not promoted.

    Advice to Management

    - Find a better, more fair way to promote employees. - Encourage more frequent feedback between managers and employees. - Continue with efforts to improve annual review process.


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  5. company review

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    MS is one of the great banks on the Wall street. atmosphere is splendid to work in. so are the prospects of rising

    Cons

    maybe the management is not that great in comparison to its peers still employee satisfaction is one of the best

    Advice to Management

    Employee's are the core strength at Morgan Stanley. I think management can provide greater growth potential to the deserving individuals which i feel is missing now to some extent


  6. Life of an intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great crash course into the life of an associate Lots of senior speaker events, networking events, etc. Given lots of responsibility

    Cons

    Seniors are not incredibly approachable (usually have to book time with your Analyst) Greuling presentation/stock pitch at the end of internship ( be overprepard, very important) Training program is brief Not always clear what you're looking for in terms of the projects given to you

    Advice to Management

    More team to team integration/encouraging associates to move beyond their pod Mid-summer performance reviews should be more candid/direct about areas to improve


  7. Helpful (4)

    Revolving Door

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pedigree Great analytical market research Benefits were ok Some of the sales skill taught were useful but most were a waste of time

    Cons

    This place was churn city, they would take in new FA's and have them bring in all their friends and families money. Once there they would place unbelievably hard asset goals, knowing that just starting out it is nearly impossible to meet the minimum assets under management and then fire the new hire after 10 months, keeping the accounts and distributing them to te top brokers in the office. Pay was not adjusted to locality and was almost impossible to live on the salary given while trying to obtain critical mass in assets.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep new brokers in the business you need to help them more in the marketing skills department. Telling them to cold call out of the phone book is not a good strategy.


  8. eCommerce, Project Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Retail Intermediary Distribution in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Retail Intermediary Distribution in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Morgan Stanley has a great infrastructure, abundant resources, and the tools to help someone flourish and thrive in their career. The people are also professional, knowledgeable, and open to helping you succeed. The culture rewards hard work and collaboration. You will definitely get back what you put into your work.

    Cons

    There are people who can be abrasive, rude, and overbearing. Also, senior management can be too quiet about upcoming firm changes or reorganizations. During times of market turmoil, the middle managers were conspicuously silent and did not emerge from their offices or cubes.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to feedback and communication from the rank and file. Also, there is still a lot of work to be done in breaking down silos and facilitating communication and sharing across the different businesses and channels.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Morgan Stanley

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Respected Institution that provides a difficult interview process to gain admittance to the analyst or associate programs. Worth the headache to get into the sales or trading seats.

    Cons

    Inability to effect change in the day to day of the desk and group you work in because of top-heavy setup.

    Advice to Management

    Look closely at the junior and midlevel talent at the firm and consider the quality of the development and training in place. They are the future of Wall Street and of Morgan Stanley.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Old MS was ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in McLean, VA

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As a FA you have tons of resources at your disposal and the older folks love the socks and stocks memories of Dean Witter.

    Cons

    Headline risk takes a daily toll on morale and with MSSB their are daily negative headlines. Some BM's are incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of your ... Stop catering to the traders and put your actions where your mouths are on the retail channel


  11. Good place to work but long hours required

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is among the best on Wall Street and the firm has an incredible global platform. Just working for the firm, you can get into a lot of meetings that you wouldn't necessarily otherwise. I have a great financial toolkit after 3 years there, which is saying a lot considering I was a science major in college.

    Cons

    The downsides listed here are not unique to Morgan Stanley - they are applicable to any investment banking analyst position; the hours are long and a lot of it might be "face time", where you are simply sitting at your desk with nothing to do. The work-life balance is really tough to manage....so don't expect to do much outside of the office.

    Advice to Management

    If there was a way to make projects more efficient, that would be ideal. But it's nearly impossible given the competitive nature of the business. Hard to give any real feedback here.



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