Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

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Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Reviews

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
493 Reviews
3.2
493 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 Place to Work

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    • 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
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    Assistant

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    • 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.

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  5.  

    Good Experience, great people

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  6.  

    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

  7.  

    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.

  8.  

    review

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    benefits are great also discounts

    Cons

    too many office politcs to deal with

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    I was a cold caller at Morgan Stanley

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Intern in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    My boss was extremely flexible with me. He truly understood that I was a working student and allowed me to act that way. I appreciated the experience.

    Cons

    I really wasn't allowed to do anything important as an intern. I began working there during the school year when I was a freshman, so that could be a reason as well.

  10.  

    Numbers Game

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    Pros

    Great entry level salary!
    Paid 2 month student.

    If you make it past 2 years, great life ahead of you.

    Cons

    You are only a number until you make it over a year.

    You are a statistic of a numbers game of customers acquired, just like dials, events, people and the business plan.

    You should know the rules here:
    1) You do not pass test... You are fired
    2) You do not get enough assets... You are fired
    3) it is a sprint, not a marathon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest to new hires and tell them it is a 60hrs/wk job, maybe 80 to increase success rate.

  11.  

    Good Experience

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

    I worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Stable career and good work/life balance. My experience as an intern was fairly enjoyable. Got to work on some cool projects and upper management lets you work on whatever you want as long as you finish your other work.

    Cons

    Not enough work--had to search projects out. Small teams and not much collaboration. Fairly quiet office with an older crowd.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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