Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

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Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
503 Reviews
3.3
503 Reviews
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Morgan Stanley Smith Barney President Greg Fleming
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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.  

    Great experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    Pros

    Interaction with senior positions, flexibility

    Cons

    No solidified length of internship.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    Pros

    Excellent Management that really cares about your growth and personal well being. Doors are always open for questions if asked.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to say about MSSB

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Wealth Management Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Wealth Management Intern in Leawood, KS
    Former Employee - Wealth Management Intern in Leawood, KS

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    Pros

    Coming in as a college freshman with absolutely NO background/knowledge of finance, I learned so much over the course of the summer as an intern. Being able to do investment research and actually contribute value to the branch at such a young age was an overall great experience.

    Cons

    Definitely a hard career to break into. Financially, it's tough for the first few years trying to build your book. Not surprised that the failure rate is 95%.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work each day

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Sales in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Financial Sales in Miami, FL

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    Pros

    Good people nice environment location

    Cons

    Long hours, tough commute and location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job Pro's/Con's

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Great brand, resources, scale and products

    Cons

    Compensation not commensurate with performance/responsibilities

  7.  

    It was a fantastic experience. You work along the smartest people in the industry and the learning curve is steep.

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Pros

    Right when I walked into the door, people were greeting me instantly. Everyone is truly dedicated to their work and this promotes internal competition to constantly keep you thinking on your feet.

    Cons

    My boss didn't provide the amount of work that I had expected. I felt that I kept asking for more work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

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

    Pros

    Senior people care about junior people

    Cons

    Pay is quite low compared to peers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Spent 4 months interning with MSSB in Atlanta

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    Current Employee - Mssb Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Mssb Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    Pros

    High standard; steep learning curve and super nice people; always help you when you confront a problem or even run into trouble in your life. Learned a lot about basic finance knowledge through the internship.

    Cons

    sometimes could be overly intensive; people's instruction could be vague and they expect you to figure it out yourself, which sometimes is basically impossible (for example, they would assume you already familiar with lots of jargon and concepts which can not be looked up online

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Disappointing Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    Pros

    Well known company. Good research and analytics.

    Cons

    Corporate culture of micro management to the point of being unable to excel. Management tends to be deceptive and mis-leading.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Financial Advisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    Pros

    Great products available to offer to clients.

    Cons

    FA new to the industry must work hard to meet minimums. Constant focus of reaching goal. Training program is not the best. Turnover is really high for new FAs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a program for success for FA, realistic goals and training.

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