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  • work life balance is not very good (in 298 reviews)

  • Long hours to establish business; longer time to establish clientele would be helpful (in 340 reviews)

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  1. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Great exposure and learning opportunity

    Cons

    Terrible work / life balance

    Advice to Management

    NA


  2. "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Morgan Stanley (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was industry standard & allowed you to work overtime, if needed. PTO benefits were good.

    Cons

    Time was micromanaged; clocked in/out
    No room for growth in EA position

  3. "Financial Advisor Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent base salary and training and research groups are excellent.

    Cons

    Comp plan is horrible and metrics are extremely hard to achieve

    Advice to Management

    I would invest more in employees and give them the resources to succeed in the that comp plan like money to spend on clients, etc.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting, challenging projects working with high quality companies"

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced, high profile projects. Excellent deal flow

    Cons

    Long hours, difficult to manage work-life balance


  5. "wealth management intern"

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    Current Intern - Wealth Management Intern in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Intern - Wealth Management Intern in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work was fast paced so the days went by fast

    Cons

    The hours were fairly long.

    Advice to Management

    Engage intern more in portfolio decisions.


  6. "CSA"

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    Former Employee - CSA in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - CSA in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They do a great background check so you can trust employees are honest. It's a good name to have on a resume.

    Cons

    Very bad management, poor training and hostile work environment for older people, or people returning to work after taking a couple years off to be a stay at home mom.

    Advice to Management

    Company is lucky I don't believe in lawsuits. Things that managers said to me where not professional and completely illegal for someone in my age bracket.


  7. "World class platform, some warts."

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is truly a world-class platform. My group was far and away the leading group in our field and so it was extremely rare that a deal would happen that we didn't know about or get invited to participate in. There's still BS pitching involved, but not nearly as much as at other banks. The only other group that even comes close is GS.

    Cons

    The marketing, recruiting, etc would all tell you that its much more of a meritocracy than our competitors. But the reality is that its a pretty political place, and dead wood and blowhards tend to find shelter for long periods of time (even in this market). In the Menlo tech office, there's a little known secret: as an associate you have to do 3 years before getting the chance to get promoted to VP. It's not Morgan Stanley practice. It's not even MS Tech (NYC doesn't do it). It's just the Menlo office. Although they sell it as being 'for your benefit' in terms of training and development, the reality is that it's to their benefit. Once you've passed the two year mark (when all your friends are either gone or will be promoted), you're stuck. You either work your guts out to guarantee you get promoted, or you're screwed because everyone else out there knows you should have been promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing your people more. Especially in a down market like this where there are fewer deals to be done, training and development are key.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Morgan Stanley is standout firm in the finance industry"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In my personal situation, the best reason to work at Morgan Stanley is the strength that it gives my resume. Without a doubt, MS is one of the most well respected financial institutions in the U.S. The career advancements are limited in my position, and I plan to possibly return to school for an MBA.

    Cons

    The technology is a bit archaic. It would be hard to advance to an Investment Rep position from where I am currently without returning to grad school. I feel that the prestige of Morgan Stanley has been somewhat diluted by the number of retail brokers working for the company.

    Advice to Management

    I believe that management has done a good job of weathering the current financial storm.


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