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Morgan Stanley Associate Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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  • work life balance is not very good (in 300 reviews)

  • Long hours to establish business; longer time to establish clientele would be helpful (in 344 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have worked with Morgan Stanley for 14 years. I have no regrets. I have learnt so much in all my years, my experiences are so innovative, my skills have increased. I will work again for Morgan Stanley

    Cons

    It is hard to find

    Advice to Management

    Continue to take the time to meet with employees, understand their needs and reach them half the way, so they can be more effective in their daily work.


  2. "Quantitative research associate"

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    Current Employee - Quantitative Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Quantitative Research Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are nice. You can take as many vacations as you like if unnoticed. Generally managers don't push you very hard on projects.

    Cons

    You are committed to one team and very hard to transfer to the team you like. Of course, you can easily transfer to a worse team. The pay is low comparing with peers

  3. "Great skill learned, challenging environment"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is the pretty standard investment banking experience. Great skills learned. The SF team is fantastic.

    Cons

    Experience depends on the group you are in and the people around you. The New York groups are very challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Out with the old attitudes, in with a new.


  4. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart and hardworking employee base

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy but not too bad

    Advice to Management

    Focus on career development!


  5. "Good Company, Still Things to Work On"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great name, great infrastructure, good culture overall with good people.

    Cons

    Technology issues are persistent and expense tightening can make junior people feel underappreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more on junior retention!


  6. "Historic Company"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The History of Morgan Stanley is amazing. The people are great and there is opportunity to grow within the company

    Cons

    sometimes you're treated as a number

    Advice to Management

    working on incentives for non branch employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary while building your book of business is a major plus

    Cons

    Not a real deal training program that actually sets you up for success. Very tough to navigate the waters as a sole practicioner.

    Advice to Management

    Lower the hurdles and give the FAA a chance to actually learn the business (how to service a client, open accounts, build portfolios, etc) before throwing them out to the wolves as soon as they receive their series 7 and series 66 licenses. Program needs much better structure if the company actually wants the younger FAs to succeed in this industry and at Morgan Stanley

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ok, could be better"

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    Current Employee - Registered Client Service Associate in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Registered Client Service Associate in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some flexibility depending on management and the people you work directly with. You will learn a lot.

    Cons

    Pay is not enough for all the job responsibilities and expectations of the firm. You will work overtime in this industry and not be paid.

    Advice to Management

    Pay support staff more due to all of the responsibilities and expectations asked of them. Stop turning a blind-eye to the areas that really need attention. There is not enough sincere appreciation towards employees. Procedures need to be much more streamline as this causes a huge amount of unproductive work.


  9. "Great place with interesting projects and really smart people"

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    Former Intern - Summer Associate in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Summer Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great projects to work on, really smart people, overtime pay, intense work, free weekends

    Cons

    Typical bank, so lot of bureaucratic stuff, not so flexible. No social life.


  10. "CSA for the Stern-Hess group at Morgan Stanley"

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    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Morgan Stanley is a company that offers many resources to FA's and guides them on their path to gain clients.

    Cons

    They need more employee appreciation events.