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Updated February 17, 2018
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  • Work-life balance is tilted to the work side too much (in 330 reviews)

  • Go if you are willing to put long hours initially (in 385 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Great technology culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Banking firm with a technology attitude - great people to work with and more importantly, learn from. Work-life balance is excellent, and technology really is top-notch.

    Cons

    No major cons, some politics but generally you get to do your work in peace


  2. "Great exposure"

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good CEO, great exposure, good people

    Cons

    Stressful environment but expected given job

  3. "Great Firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work, leadership has improved over the years.

    Cons

    Can be a bit competitive within the ranks


  4. "VP Global Banking Technology"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Mentor Program and Leadership Programs for Woman

    Cons

    Finance and long hours can go hand in hand


  5. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director, Technology in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Director, Technology in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - you can work with some of the brightest people of the world
    - you can learn a lot about technology and finance
    - solid benefit package
    - job safety

    Cons

    - pay is less than average
    - oldschool practices and processes
    - not enough trainings
    - sometimes stressful

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to all levels of the organization


  6. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Developer Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Morgan Stanley has an amazing culture, support and learning environment for interns!

    Cons

    It might take some time to retrieve access to certain software or dependencies


  7. "Financial Advisor Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FAA in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - FAA in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Morgan Stanley will start FAAs with a good salary and you have a great platform of investment options to choose from. The program provides some great training and puts you in touch with senior FAs and great trainers.

    Cons

    When prospecting for new clients you are pretty much on your own. It would be nice if the firm could provide cold calling lists or other means to help generate leads. But speaking with other advisors or FAAs who have been through the programs they can recommend what worked best for them.

    Advice to Management

    Certain investment platforms are only accessible to larger accounts with minimum account values. If some of these platforms tiers were lowered it would allow clients more investment options.

  8. "Financial Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great commraderie and coworkers are very helpful

    Cons

    Parking can be an issue

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you’re doing


  9. "csa"

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    Current Employee - CSA in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - CSA in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Company. Great benefits. A lot of work and not enough people to approve things on time.

    Cons

    Gets very frustrating during busy times. The technology doesn't always work the way they want it to.

    Advice to Management

    Have more people approving.


  10. "Investment Banking Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging, dynamic environment. Get to work with some talented and smart people on some of the largest and most important transactions in today's economy

    Cons

    Culture can be a little too serious, with a lot of senior management thinking world revolves around them. Work / life balance can be treacherous

    Advice to Management

    Focus on talent retention and junior work / life balance. Develop more formal opportunities for interdivision transfers.


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