Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Reviews

Updated February 8, 2015
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  1. High on talent and resources, low on loyalty.

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    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in Wayne, NJ
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in Wayne, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great resources, prestigious name, stable

    Cons

    Wealth management training program, low commissions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Very strange

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You get a relevantly flexible schedule and not a bad pay. Executives are doing not a bad job as a cheer-leaders. But that would be all...

    Cons

    No guidlines, no certainty. No really advanced feedback or meaningfull planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people as humans

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. You get out what you put in

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

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very good firm. You will work hard but it will be professionally rewarding.

    Cons

    Work/life balance at times can be difficult to maintain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Former Employee - Associate Vice President Operations in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Vice President Operations in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Successful retail business,,,stronger now since the joint venture with Smith Barney.

    Cons

    Overall culture has changed. People are not happy. Low morale. Non-competitive salaries, no raises or bonuses. No work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with more respect and appreciate their hard work and dedication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. They're killing themselves

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Purchase, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in Purchase, NY

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

    Pros

    Good people. Most people trying to make the right things happen

    Cons

    Very beaurocratic. Don't listen to front line managers. Will fire staff in a second to make financials better. Short term focus for managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the long term. Ride through the lows and be ready for the upswing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Treats employees like commodoties

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    Former Contractor - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good infrastructure.
    - Good hardware to get the work done but bad support structure.

    Cons

    - very bad focus on the process management
    - opaque access to management
    - manager knows to play politics - sides the subordinates and then flips coin to his manager,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - learn to treat people as humans not commodites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. Great place to learm and develop, excellent people.

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Collaborative workplace, people very respectful of each other, work extra hours to fix problems. Enjoy the freedom to analyze and solve problems; not micromanaged by my boss.

    Cons

    Ruthless when it comes to firing people; departed colleagues are forgotten overnight. Compensation is poor. Very little interaction with senior managers. Stingy with money: company wont pay to celebrate a team success when rolling out a new solution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much bureaucracy; no sense of urgency when it comes to rolling out products and services. Inward focused organization; decision making is slow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Analyst

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    Current Contractor - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company, good benefits, great people

    Cons

    Management can be annoying and distracting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people go there work and bother someone else

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Positive

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

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

    Pros

    Those that work hard and are willing to learn about their business will find enough projects to prove their worth

    Cons

    Things are still in flux and will take years to settle in to a rhythm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the tech - don't stop improving and look to advice from the people that do the day to day work - their insight is invaluable...and generally more accurate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. company with good benefits

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President Product Management in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President Product Management in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    They have decent benefits and compensation bonus.

    Cons

    too many colleagues fighting for the same promotion. Fired many legacy Smith Barney folks. Manager wouldn't open his eyes to a huge opportunity ,despite Head of departments urge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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