Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

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Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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Morgan Stanley Smith Barney President Greg Fleming
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Pros
  • Stable career and good work/life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Fortune 500 company with good benefits (in 22 reviews)

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

  • The training program was a complete joke (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Planning Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, great people, and exceptional leadership.

    Cons

    Value designations more than the person.


  2. Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    Pros

    very hands on experience, everyone was very nice and helpful

    Cons

    Everything was very positive in my 3 months as an intern


  3. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Gaining invaluable experience towards future in wealth management.

    Cons

    Not much that I can think of.


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  5. Tough and quickly becoming obsolete industry

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    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Associate
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Associate

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    Pros

    Freedom in how you spent your time prospecting. Some support from other financial advisors

    Cons

    Financial advising is oversaturated in most cities and is often overpriced while under-performing.


  6. CSA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

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

    Pros

    Easy, mindless work. Never more than 8 hrs a day.

    Cons

    low pay, no advancement. Nothing more than a secretary.


  7. Client Sales Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney full-time

    Pros

    Solid benefits plan. I can't attest to the culture at every office but the culture at the one I worked it was very laid back and strong.

    Cons

    Like many large companies, it can be difficult to move up the ladder if you are starting at a low level position.


  8. Financial Advisor Trainee Program

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    They pay for all the Licensing fees, Lots of Products, you meet plenty of experienced FAs

    Cons

    Prelicense materials are bad, training Program set you up to fail, churn and burn through the Trainees, Older established FAs don't care about the Trainees, they whole Program does not work.

    Advice to Management

    Scrap the Program and start over. Or a least 6 months of month Zero to learn how to succeed


  9. Financial Advisor

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    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility in work day hours

    Cons

    Tough benchmarks to hit as a recent college grad


  10. Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Wealth Management in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Current Employee - Wealth Management in Mount Laurel, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You have the ability to learn a lot from strong teams

    Cons

    Lots of cold calls Little communication with other teams


  11. Global Wealth Management Analyst

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Analyst in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn and a high volume of work allows one to be able to indulge in many different situations and learning experiences.

    Cons

    Work became a little difficult when overtime was cut



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