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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated May 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is the best out of any job I have seen (in 301 reviews)

  • Great work environment and people (in 269 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is not very good (in 293 reviews)

  • Long hours to establish business; longer time to establish clientele would be helpful (in 333 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "AML Compliance"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good. I'd say the money is okay but the rampant sexism and overwhelming number of alpha males doesnt even make moderately ok money worth it.

    Cons

    Everything. Overworked, underappreciated. Management has no direction and gives the same while dishing plenty on fellow employees including your same-level colleagues and even your managers. Completely unprofessional in every way. No career opportunities for anyone unless you are a young and attractive woman that the team department head likes to hit on ... in front of everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to work with people and utilize their skill sets to help them grow.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Poorly managed, huge disconnect from upper level management"

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    Current Employee - Client Services in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Client Services in South Jordan, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good name on resume, management within office is good.

    Cons

    They don't tell you what the job actually entails when interviewing, no rewards for good work, put way too much responsibility on employees without enough support. Fire people with no reason given and no warning. Most turnover I have ever seen in a company.

    Advice to Management

    Upper level management needs to let go and give some decision making to the actual office,


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Director in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location in the inner harbor, nice building

    Cons

    Management, No flexibility to improve processes, lack of engagement -understanding from senior leaders; very disconnected.

    Advice to Management

    listen and humble yourselves to what employees are sating


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  5. "Wealth Management - It depends on the team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

    Morgan Stanley as a company is great. They are always trying to engage employees and create a good work environment. If you get on a good team, it's great.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to judge a team, but if the interview seems off, it probably isn't good. Avoid the Fox Penberthy team in Mount Laurel!!!


  6. "Disgusting Department"

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    Former Intern - Legal & Compliance Summer Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Legal & Compliance Summer Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is really good for an intern

    Cons

    EVERYTHING!!! These people didn't give us any work and didn't care about teaching us. I literally sat in front of a computer everyday from 9-5 doing nothing or barley mindless work because the employees did not feel like being bothered to give us assignments and teach us. I would constantly hear senior management gossiping about other interns which was outrageous to me. They're too political there and nobody is genuine. They got annoyed by all the interns and were just rude. You may think a manager likes you as an employee but most likely they're gossiping about you. All the interns hated working there and didn't like how everyone treated us. I was so happy on the last day I worked there. They treated me so bad and I would never step foot back in that company. It felt like torture going there. I hated working there and I recommend for everyone not to. They also aren't hiring. Literally only 1 intern got hired years after he interned.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't want interns don't ask for them. I could have brought my skill set elsewhere.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Total jerks to employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Java Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Java Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Corporate bravado in everything around, not sure if it is good though

    Cons

    No regard to employees, corporate bravado above all!

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so self-centered and pompous


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid At All Costs!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits Package, Easy Commute To Fells Point

    Cons

    Terrible Work Life Balance, Constantly Changing Management, Unbelievable Employee Turnover

    Advice to Management

    Too Many To Mention


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    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Newark, DE
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Newark, DE
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fed us a lot of food

    Cons

    Don't expect to be able to move up in the company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Senior Management at Morgan Stanley"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hands-on development from front-end, application server, and database.

    Cons

    Any application deployment is scheduled on late Friday until Saturday morning.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "not fun"

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    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing, and nothing.

    Cons

    better management needed and that's the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    don't be cruel to employees and cheat them out of their accounts


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