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Morgan Stanley Overview

New York, NY
10000+ employees
1935
Company - Public (MS)
Investment Banking & Asset Management
$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

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2011 (#37)

Company Updates

  • Are you interested in restarting your career? Learn more about our Return to Work Program, which offers experienced professionals an opportunity to re-enter the workforce and restart their careers. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ84j

    Return to Work: An Investment Banker's Story

    Catherine Suprun didn't think she could return to investment banking and also raise children - until she found Morgan Stanley's Return to Work program.

  • How do you beat the market? "Not by chasing it, but being ahead of the next big trend," says Ruchir Sharma, head of emerging markets and global strategy at Morgan Stanley. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQTq9

    Ruchir Sharma | Morgan Stanley Investment Management | Head of Emerging Markets and Chief Global Strategist

    How Morgan Stanley Investment Management's Chief Global Strategist developed a framework for identifying emerging-market winners.

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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.



Diversity

At Morgan Stanley, diversity is an opportunity: not just for clients, but also for employees and the Firm itself. Our skilled and creative workforce is comprised of individuals drawn from a broad cross-section of the global communities in which we operate. They reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences, delivering unique ideas and exceptional service to our clients every day.  

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.

TECHNOLOGY

Morgan Stanley has a rich history and culture of technology innovation, allowing the Firm to stay on the cutting-edge and solve highly complex business and technology problems in finance, capital markets and wealth and asset management. Our teams of world-class technologists continuously explore opportunities emerging from new technologies, build innovative solutions and establish partnerships with emerging technology players to deliver new and innovative solutions. Our technology team’s priority areas include cloud computing, productivity and social platforms, big data and analytics, machine learning, automation, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. We also focus on emerging technologies, such as augmented and virtual reality, gamification and quantum computing.

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    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

    Really a great place to work.

    Cons

    Can have a heavy workload at times.

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Morgan Stanley Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Morgan Stanley.

    Interview

    After a thorough interview, and when I say thorough, I mean series of endless tests and questions, starting with
    -A screening test when sending the initial application,
    -An online IQ assessment from which "supposedly" they can determine your ability to pass the series 7 and 66 certifications, now if you pass the IQ, you will have to submit
    -A video interview, which is another 13 questions ( behavioral, challenges encountered, problem solving and more), after that, you will receive
    -A phone call from a recruiter who doesn't care at all about your qualifications or your background, he will be basically conducting a phone interview from the coffee shop around the corner(you can hear the noises in the background), this phone screening will last for 5 min max, then you sit and wait another week at least to finally qualify for
    -An in-person interview with the associate complex manager who is most likely will be a senior rich person whose main interest is "your network". This word may seem usual since most companies like to know if you are involved in any activities beside your work to assess your social skills, no in this situation, they are only interested in people (family or friends) that you can use as potential clients, the interview is very casual, conversational, one of the most relaxed interviews I have been to.
    In another week, if you made a good impression, you will be asked to
    -Meet more interviewers, this time will be with some financial advisors who will assess the potential of "your network" and explain to you the difficulty and challenges a financial advisor may be facing, you will be then asked to
    -Prepare a detailed business plan.
    After another week, comes
    -The meeting with the branch manager, another senior who wants to make sure your network is worth it.
    I followed all the steps religiously, sent thank you notes after each interview, showed great interest in the program, not because I was sooo eager to join the company which I was in the beginning of course but I lost interest and start questioning my desire to be part of such company when I didn't receive any update after 3 weeks since my last interview.
    Oh, I ended up getting an update and also a feedback stressing the importance of having a network and clients you will be working with initially.
    I heard this word "network" maybe some 10 times in the process, this shows that if clearly you don't know clients you can work with initially or you fail to show them a list of potential clients and accounts you intend to bring and run the risk that these names can be used after that by other more experienced financial advisors when you will be failing to bring in 10million during the first year, please don't waste your time.
    If you had some experience in another firm, and you are able to transfer your client portfolio, this could be a great opportunity with a lot of earning potential, rough and ruthless (that is not a problem if you are a business person) but rewarding.
    I apologize for the long review, but I was looking all the time for input and read tons of forums to get an idea and prepare for each interview I had and I promised myself, when I complete the interview process, I will share all the details with future applicants to help them as much as I can.
    An advice to hiring managers and recruiters, I understand that you are operating with many applicants every day, but you still need to respect each person's time and follow up in a timely manner and avoid bringing a person to the final stages of the process only to remind them how difficult this industry is and how important a client portfolio is.

    Interview Questions

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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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