Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

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Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
483 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good understanding middle management about work/life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Good benefits/PTO, fast-paced learning environment, great advisors (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • There is a disconnect between the companies desire for Financial Advisor Associates to succeed and their actions (in 20 reviews)

  • Invariably, unless you are part of a team you will not make it through the training program (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Operations Analyst, Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time working at Morgan Stanley. I did not receive a thorough training, but had a great supervisor to work with. I had a decent salary as well.

    Cons

    Did not necessarily enjoy my job tasks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Company does not have a clear vision for their international wealth management business

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Brand name, Smart people, pay

    Cons

    Impersonal, unclear vision for the international wealth management business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define international wealth management strategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Investment Intern

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    Former Employee - Investment Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great minds, great teams, learn a lot quickly

    Cons

    back office work involved
    poor pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I have watched this bank improve over the last four years as Gorman transforms it into an Asset Management firm.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Sales Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Registered Sales Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Morgan Stanley is improving with each quarter. If you want to do Asset Management, whether it be Private Wealth Management or Institutional, this is the place to do it.

    Cons

    It's hard to get recognized at a big firm. Building your networks takes considerable time and energy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Constantly evolving company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are many opportunities to gain IT experience. The company will always be in the mainstream because it is open to changes as demanded by the evolving business environment.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, change means diversity and job insecurity as a full time employee. There are too many consultants coming in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT people don't need constant anti-money laundering, anti-insider trading trainings, etc... Reminders may be enough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I have spent 10+ years at Morgan Stanley (and I am a woman), climbing the the ladder from an entry level position.

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    Current Employee - Exeve Director in Purchase, NY
    Current Employee - Exeve Director in Purchase, NY

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

    Pros

    This is a meritocracy where talent and harwork are rewarded. There are scores of mobility opportiunities and career development offerings. Diversity is sinceerely embraced here. Nothing feels forced. I especially appreciate their commitment to women and the developement of their careers.

    Cons

    Compensation is fair, but certainly not on a par with Goldman Sachs. But on the plus side, you may actually have a life while working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Wins and losses

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    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are great team members here
    Good understanding middle management about work/life balance

    Cons

    Senior managers care only about the bottom line
    Spin: Town Hall meetings are all spin, tell us the company is doing brilliantly yet when it comes to raises/bonuses they conveniently forget all that - anyone coming in negotiate a high salary because your raises (if you get one) will be minimal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember, associates and VPs need bonuses too

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a pleasant place to work at. Backstabbing culture. Difficult to get people promoted,

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

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney full-time

    Pros

    Looks good on the resume.

    Cons

    Not a good place for a woman. On top of that corporate culture is to manage up. Not a collaborative atmosphere,

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Wealth Management Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Wealth Management Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Relatively easy-going, good chance to observe work environment, opportunity to network to an IB job.

    Cons

    Not many responsibilities, somewhat boring and monotonous. But what can they really make an undergrad intern do?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More hands-on training would have been nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    very stressful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    flexible work arrangements where you can work remotely when necessary

    Cons

    very very stressful. employees are expected to always be available even when on vacation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value the work contributions more than time spent on line

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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