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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
1,979 Reviews
3.6
1,979 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Collegiate environment eaten up by latest regulations and bureaucracy with mostly politics rather than meritocracy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    smart folks
    decent benefits/perks
    depending how political is your manager, can get promotion fast enough and climb the corp ladder

    Cons

    pure meritocracy is dead, all politics at this point
    no or mediocre raises for good performers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start retaining all the talent you are so sweating to attract

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fun, exciting, and enriching work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Nerf fights
    Fun
    Lots of company perks

    Cons

    Office-like structure
    Cubicles
    Heirarchy
    Some work might be boring
    Manual labor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None really. There's a lot of downtime in between joining and actually getting to work since a lot of new hires need to go through a lot of training as well as familiarize themselves with the DE used by MS

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Was a good company to intern for.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Great leadership with Prestige. Everyone knows the firm.

    Cons

    Nothing really. Leadership was good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing really.

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  5.  

    I have greatly enjoyed Morgan Stanley.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You determine your potential each day.

    Cons

    Lack of support from NYC to the SLC location.

  6.  

    Unmet promises

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - FID TA in New York, NY
    Former Employee - FID TA in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are actually really great

    Cons

    0 incentive to do good work. Depending on the area, everyone is paid exactly the same amount and comp day is worthless. Promises of bonuses, raises, and promotions unmet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward top performers....don't pay them the same as bottom performers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent mobility opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation; mobility opportunities

    Cons

    Tends to have too many initiatives in flight at once causing staff and managers to be spread too thin

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Hard working and committed individuals. Motivating environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Exposure to senior management.

    Cons

    Tough to explore other areas of the firm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Operations Analyst in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Intern - Operations Analyst in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    I worked at Morgan Stanley as an intern

    Pros

    Fast paced and engaging business.

    Cons

    Unfortunately a High Power distance is present.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Experiance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Great Co-Workers & Health Company

    Cons

    Paper Work & Red Tape

  11.  

    Great investment banking analyst program

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great training in financial analysis and modeling. Exposure to interesting and complex transactions. Large, well-regarded company with good infrastructure and resources. Generally good, honest people who work hard and have a lot of talent.

    Cons

    No commitment to or interest in career development for juniors. Very little engagement around mentorship and career advancement. Reviews and annual bonuses feel arbitrary, based on perceptions rather than results

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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