Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

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Updated August 9, 2015
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  1. MSSB - Generally A Good Place

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager of Fixed Income Investments in Red Bank, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager of Fixed Income Investments in Red Bank, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people and its products are pretty good and fairly well thought out. With its retail arms, it reaches quite a lot of people who might like to invest for higher returns It is a big place with a lot of professionals who can cover the markets properly and connect people with investments

    Cons

    It is a big place with a lot of moving parts. The consolidation of Smith Barney to form Morgan Stanley Smith Barney was not easy but it did get done. The was some dislocation in the combination, but that happens when companies expand quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the good and even excellent ideas of employees Reward employees because employee know-how is the company's main asset. This is not a company that manufactures consumer products. The company can only harvest know how about how to manage and invest portfolios on behalf of customers.


  2. Young culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    MSSB has young and vibrant work culture. people embrace new thoughts and are open minded. Great place to join no matter if you are intern or MD.

    Cons

    Not a product company hence projects move with their own pace!

    Advice to Management

    Invest in more trainings.


  3. Operations Analyst, Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Operations Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Contractor - Operations Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney as a contractor (Less than a 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.


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  5. No bonus for last 3 years for certain legacy Morgan Stanley employees in Operation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Purchase, NY
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Purchase, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brand Recognition of Morgan Stanley in Investment banking and wealth management.

    Cons

    No upward mobility for operation or support folks from legacy MS side.

    Advice to Management

    Please check the comp structure for Operation and support staffs


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Define international wealth management strategy


  7. Investment Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great minds, great teams, learn a lot quickly

    Cons

    back office work involved poor pay


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Sales Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Registered Sales Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  9. Constantly evolving company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Exeve Director in Purchase, NY
    Current Employee - Exeve Director in Purchase, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep up the good work.


  11. Wins and losses

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Remember, associates and VPs need bonuses too



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