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Morgan Stanley Overview

New York, NY
10000+ employees
Company - Public (MS)
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services Firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services. With offices in more than 43 countries, the Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including ... Read more

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Best Places to Work: 2011 (#37)

Morgan Stanley – Why Work For Us?

Experienced Professionals

Welcome to the next stage of your career journey. At Morgan Stanley, you’ll be working alongside some of the best professionals in the business—for a firm that values individual intellect as much as teamwork. Join us.

Students & Graduates

We never stop learning-about our business, our world, or ourselves. We're proud to offer opportunities for students and recent graduates who are ready to grow their careers with us.

Financial Advisors

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management grants Financial Advisors access to global resources and capabilities that will take your business to the next level—and provide confidence and security to your clients.

What We Do

We advise, originate, trade, manage and distribute capital for governments, institutions and individuals, and always do so with a standard of excellence.


Our skilled and creative workforce is comprised of individuals drawn from a broad cross section of the global communities in which we operate and who reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences. Our employees deliver unique ideas and exceptional service to our clients every day.  We think a quote from our CEO, James Gorman, well reflects the Firm’s approach to Diversity: At Morgan Stanley, diversity is an opportunity – for clients, employees and the Firm. By valuing diverse perspectives, we can better serve our clients while we help employees achieve their professional objectives. A corporate culture that is open and inclusive is fundamental to our role as global leaders constantly striving for excellence in all that we do.”

Giving Back

Morgan Stanley is rooted in communities around the world- which means a unique opportunity to commit ourselves to philanthropy and public works. From using business skills to help nonprofits, to enabling better children’s health, we are committed to giving back globally.

About Morgan Stanley Technology

Morgan Stanley is a global financial services firm offering a complete range of sophisticated financial services. Our multi-billion dollar a year investment in technology enables the development and delivery of quantitative trading systems, cutting-edge modelling and simulation software, comprehensive risk and security systems and robust client-relationship capabilities — as well as the global infrastructure that forms the backbone of these systems and tools.

Technology works as a strategic partner with Morgan Stanley business units and the world’s leading technology companies to redefine how we do business in ever more global, complex and dynamic financial markets. Developing the state-of-the-art technology behind the industry’s first auction-based initial public offering (IPO), customising client technology solutions for hedge funds and money managers, and leading the way on the use of virtualisation technologies, are just some of the achievements that have put Morgan Stanley at the forefront of technology innovation.

Technology - a Key Driver of our Business

At Morgan Stanley some of the world’s top technologists drive our business forward. They sit side-by-side with our traders, bankers and investment management professionals, to explore how advanced technology can help us set new standards for excellence in the financial world. Join a company where you have a chance to create change as a technologist!

  • Morgan Stanley has one of the world’s largest Scala codebases in production.
  • Our global network of over 7,000 technologists work in 24 countries around the world developing more than 80% of the Firm’s business applications in house.
  • Every year our Global Tech Expo brings together more than 3,000 employees to experience innovative products and enhancements the Firm is unveiling around the globe.
  • Creator of C++ Bjarne Stroustrup is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley.

Applications Development Teams

Our development teams design, develop and maintain applications used by our business units. Daily activities include meeting with clients to gather and analyse requirements; making system design decisions; evaluating, integrating and developing necessary software; and testing and deploying applications to production. Determining architectural dependencies of applications, developing software to enable trading of stocks, gui/web app development, building extensions to a desktop tool to support complex trading activity—these are just some of the many technological opportunities available for developers at Morgan Stanley.

Infrastructure Teams

Our infrastructure teams develop systems to run our business. From the firm’s networks to its computing hardware, operating systems and databases, our engineers provide tools, applications and platforms for the firm’s trading, communication and other end-user applications. In a global environment, these teams provide applications that span the breadth of the firm in an efficient manner. Engineering the firm’s websites, developing and managing exchange connectivity, managing the Windows plant, and developing a client reporting delivery system are some of the projects available for infrastructure engineers working at Morgan Stanley.

Our Tech Stack

We use many different technologies while blending them together into a coherent technology stack portfolio. We develop systems on Scala, Java, C++, python, JavaScript, .net amongst other technologies.

We develop a lot of server systems using Scala and Java and there is a huge variety of systems and approaches. We have our own internal platforms and hosting solutions as we need to provide a strong reliable and secure platform, however, we blend in multiple standard technologies to make the best of our developer and hardware investments.

We develop our low-latency systems in both C++ and Java using our own internally developed cutting edge performance latency profiling tools combined with the standard tools like Oracle Solaris Studio and vTune. We make use of the productivity provided by the java tooling but combine that with high performance and low-latency through understanding of how the JVM operates.

Working with Bjarne we are aiming at a clean modern C++ style through our entire C++ code base and there is a lot of change happening in this space.

We develop visual line-of-business applications with Microsoft WPF and HTML5, including a proprietary containers that allows seamless interop between the two, as well as deployment to mobile devices. We’ve invested heavily in JavaScript as a platform, with tier-1 support for AngularJS, Bootstrap, jQuery, ExtJS, and proprietary, extensible tools based on grunt and phantomJS for next generation application packaging and tooling.

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    Good exposure to different desks, pretty personalized


    Less time on desk means less time spent doing projects, and you end up doing less complex things than you might otherwise over the summer

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    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Morgan Stanley (New York, NY).


    2 phone interviews and 1 super day. Super day was three interviews and a team activitiy. Mainly fit and general finance knowledge. It wasn't very technical and the team activity was a group challenge to test teamwork and time management.

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Morgan Stanley Awards & Accolades

  • Best Global Equity House, Euromoney Awards for Excellence, 2015
  • Best Global Emerging Market Equity House, Euromoney Awards for Excellence, 2015
  • Best EMEA Equity House, The IFR Awards, 2015
  • Best Asia-Pacific Equity House, The IFR Awards, 2015
  • 15 Financial Advisors including the No. 1 ranking, Barron's "Top 100 Women Financial Advisors", 2015
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