Morgan Stanley

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Morgan Stanley Reviews

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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 113 reviews)

  • Since it's difficult to get into Morgan Stanley, you'll work with very smart people (in 91 reviews)


Cons
  • Very limited work/life balance, which they claimed was very important to them (in 104 reviews)

  • Long hours in the operation department when the market is bad (in 117 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Probably best on the street

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

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Senior management is very technical. Some of them still quite hands on
    compensation is good in comparison to peers
    Working with top notch people because interviews are tough and can take upto 8/9 rounds. Hire from top schools.
    Excellent training program for entry level positions.
    Software infrastructure is best on street resulting in more time spent being productive

    Cons

    Long hours
    Working with brightest also means very competitive
    Large percentage of salary is in bonus so its all about results and so people tend to take shortcuts compromising quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review compensation process

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Pay, Good work / Life Balance, but a bit behind when it comes to technolgy and regulatory / risk / complianc contro

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    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Good Pay, Good Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Technology, Risk / Regulatory Controls lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in Technology and focus on reducing our Risk profile !

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work but long hours required

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

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do Not work in GWMG Operations unless you enjoy doing the same monotonous functions over and over.

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

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Benefits, 4 weeks of vacation, reputation

    Cons

    Too compartmentalized: they have people do the same function over and over with little opportunity to learn outside small role. You must network with others to get mobility, management will not help you move especially if you are good at your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not restructure on a moments notice, employees get new bosses that do not care about career aspirations or growth, they just want the job done, this creates major employee turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    massive company

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

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    big company name, good place to start

    Cons

    too big, very hard to gain recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to align and connect all groups within morgan stanley to create a cohesive culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not bad

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    EXCELLENT benefits, fair pay, bonus for non-traders is in line with professional levels

    Cons

    being a non-trader I was not a core talent in the org, so felt like a black sheep

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none, keep up the good work, the right people were fired

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Reasonable experience, over a 10 year career

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

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Bottom line.. THe people - some of the smartest and best people are here making it a good place to work.

    Cons

    Communication is almost at time non existent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open channels of communications, it is a source of some frustration

    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not Bad

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

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, location, that's about it

    Cons

    unstable, difficult to advance, filled with uncertainty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not really enough to judge on at this point, haven't been in place for long enough. replaced every couple of years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Finance employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Controller in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Controller in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Great place to work for. Challenging and rewarding work environment. Flex time arrangements.

    Cons

    Titles are not corresponding to the rest of the street

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Global Wealth Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Good place to learn sales. Respectful people, everybody is willing to help you if you show that your interested in this line of work.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities if you do not have a college degree.There are definitely better brokers out there. The environment is a little too relaxed for my taste. I feel like I needed a boiler room type of environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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