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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time
Great management, smart people, great team
Some work is not interesting
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Morgan Stanley.
Was referred by a friend and got an email letting me know I would receive a phone call. A week later I got the phone call.
I was asked "Tell me about yourself" to which I gave this spiel about how I was intrigued by the intersections of mathematics and technology. Next I was asked "why Morgan Stanley" to which I responded that I appreciated Morgan Stanley's heavy interest in the tech sector. This was followed by some technical questions such as "how do you tell if a number is the sum of two elements of a list? What if the list was sorted" and "What data structure would you use to calculate the standard deviation" and something along the lines of plotting various y-data values for single x-data values.
A week later I get notified that I made it past the first round. The second round was two weeks later and had more simple questions on HashMaps, questions on BFS & DFS, Dynamic programming, checking if a string contains a substring, reversing a singly-linked list, some simple math problems etc. I answered all of them with one exception on HashMaps and their equals() and hashcode() contract. Know all about hashmaps before applying here.