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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
1,605 Reviews

3.5
1,605 Reviews
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Morgan Stanley CEO James P. Gorman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Their work life balance policies allow you to work from home when you cannot get in (in 96 reviews)

  • There are lots of smart people there who you can learn a lot from (in 82 reviews)


Cons
  • Very limited work/life balance, which they claimed was very important to them (in 91 reviews)

  • Long hours in the operation department when the market is bad (in 105 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Treasury controller

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

    Pros

    Nice Bonuses at year end were expected

    Cons

    Sometimes management play favorites with their pets

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Redefining its business and revenue model...

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    Former Employee - Managing Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY

    Pros

    Solid company with a long history of excellence. A great place for someone to begin their career in one of the world's top financial services. Tremendous technical platform relative to other financial service companies.

    Cons

    M is one of the strongest financial services companies to exit the recent financial crisis. The company is adapting to changing market and regulatory conditions, challenging the traditional business model. The opportunities for growth and new product and technical innovation is very limited.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Cost cutting taken to the extreme

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Strong firm with good outlook, good compensation (at least for those 'in the club'), great talent.

    Cons

    Poor culture, particularly at the top; too many politics, favoritism, in-fighting; unethical behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cost cutting focus has had a positive impact on the bottom line but at the expense of employee morale. In an environment where pay is stagnant or shrinking, when softer benefits are also stripped, the strong talent will leave and the lifers become progressively demoralized & non-productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people, experience, and knowledge. Medium pay

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    Current Employee - Operations Analyst  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Baltimore, MD

    Pros

    Knowledge and training. Work environment is great

    Cons

    Mgmt can be slow. Very very corporate environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great training environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Brooklyn, NY

    Pros

    Free coffee. Nice work life balance

    Cons

    Sometimes very cliqueish. Some upper management are not involved

  7.  

    Pros

    Tuition reimbursement; many different lines of business could be advantageous for growth

    Cons

    No culture; organizational values do not match what's ascribed by statement

  8.  

    A lot of knowledge to be learned, but a dry culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A lot of available knowledge, a lot of money can be earned in the right positions with the right people

    Cons

    Identifying the right people to work with, poor company culture with debatable honesty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus in on your culture and focus in on cultivating your younger employees

  9.  

    Morgan Stanley sales and trading

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great name on the resume, value depends on the group

    Cons

    S&T generally not considered as Morgan Stanley's strength

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great internship....saw what it was really like to be an 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

    Pros

    Great pay for a college sophomore. Exposure to senior executives in the firm. Well organized internship program.

    Cons

    Little work life balance in investment banking division. Stressful and have to come in some weekends.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A good company for short stints

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    Current Employee - Executive Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY

    Pros

    Has above-average employees, strong business units, name recognition

    Cons

    Squeezes employees on compensation and benefits, managers seem to have no backbone or job security, requires heavily managed expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate for work done and additional responsibility assigned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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