Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

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Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
496 Reviews
3.3
496 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.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

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

    Pros

    Senior people care about junior people

    Cons

    Pay is quite low compared to peers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Spent 4 months interning with MSSB in Atlanta

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Financial Advisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Office culture and company values far exceed other broker dealers on the street

    Cons

    LOTS of meetings which can sometimes slow productivity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Enjoyable and good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    Pros

    The advisors were friendly and eager to mentor younger employees. The management was well run and organized. Overall an enjoyable experience

    Cons

    Did not receive a lot of training or challenging tasks. I didn't stay long but not because of a bad experience or anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Might want to give more challenging tasks to jr. level employees

  7.  

    Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment and great hours

    Cons

    Can be a cutthroat industry.

  8.  

    Good Experience, great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Wealth Management Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Wealth Management Intern in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with my Financial Advisor and picking his brains on the topics of the day. I also liked getting to speak to the clients and hearing about their lives.

    Cons

    You end up doing a ton of not so glamorous work - copies, printing, stapling, paperwork etc. Just keep your head down and look forward to having the name on the resume.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    MS Intern- BRANCH

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    Pros

    Office Culture, benefits, atmosphere, company values

    Cons

    Time consuming, compensation, personal growth, boring

  10.  

    Financial Advisor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Big name, OK pay, unlimited potential.

    Cons

    Nobody cares, you are completely on your own. If you get lucky you get to team up with some big players or team, but that doesn't mean you are better off in anyway.

  11.  

    review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    benefits are great also discounts

    Cons

    too many office politcs to deal with

    Doesn't Recommend

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