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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated February 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is the best out of any job I have seen (in 289 reviews)

  • Challenging work environment that keeps you on your toes (in 253 reviews)

Cons
  • The work-life balance is similar to that of other banks (in 276 reviews)

  • Long hours to establish business; longer time to establish clientele would be helpful (in 322 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Nice offices and pleasant clients.

    Cons

    Constant operation managers turn over, making it difficult to have support for every day questions and approval of tasks. Continuous changes to an already malfunction computer system. No support/response from higher management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like people not like objects


  2. "Highly regulated project down the drain due to lack of leadership"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    They invested a fortune in generic facilities available across departments, including automating service requests

    Cons

    There is no way to get help from a human being when you're stuck; you need to be developer, SA, DBA, HR, and a few other roles to get *anything* done/allocated/built. Managers don't enforce their own rules and let junior developers run amok, leading to constant rewriting/refactoring code that doesn't support requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Enforce the project rules that YOU created in the first place.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Financial Advisor
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great brand to have on your resume. Great opportunity if you have connections high net worth friends and family.

    Cons

    What matters most to management is how many assets you get through the door. If you don't have assets coming in you will be cold calling daily which can be demoralizing.


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  5. "Unorganized"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    You won't be bored, there's always something to do.

    Cons

    I've had 3 managers in 1.5 years...even the full time employees can't take it in Wealth Management Tech.

    Advice to Management

    Enough with the outsourcing.


  6. "Back office"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities and potential for mobility within finance.

    Cons

    No work-life balance, you are doing the same task over and over. Salary increases are a joke. Employees are not valued.


  7. "Awesome internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    High-quality experience; lots of exposure on global deals

    Cons

    Working hours are terrible, much worse than the US.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Investment Banking Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Prestige, smart analysts, exit opportunities, free dinner (because you work all night), taxi rides home after 10pm

    Cons

    No work-life balance, long hours, grunt work, poor culture, firm doesn't care about its people

    Advice to Management

    Focus on making employees happy and more flexibility


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Overrated"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with very smart people
    Get the name of a Wall St firm on resume
    Teams motivate to constantly improve skills (Excel, ppt, VBA, etc)

    Cons

    Management is terrible
    Management has no vision/outline for your career path
    Very cut-throat Wall St mentality
    "face time" extremely important


  10. "Morgan diverged from Stanley"

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    Current Employee - Vice President - IT in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President - IT in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CEO is visionary.
    Business is well connected with Policy makers so can survive any recession.
    Business can pretty much manage without IT.
    Very good in managing PR and branding.
    Excellent place to learn corporate politics.

    Cons

    There are 2 organization inside Morgan & Stanley both terrible however one is worse than other. Your experience depends on which part you belong. IT is more like a toilet in a mansion. There is profiling everywhere & no place to dissent. Management culture like my way or highway no discussion on critical issues. High velocity ZERO displacement workplace. Open culture is hollow & only exists on paper. Titles are just eyewash don't count on it it means NOTHING of course it comes for free from management point of view. Thousands and thousands of Executive/Managing Directors are there to just say YES BOSS with no voice of their own. Internal culture is SICK. Your have been warned join at your own risk.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the entire mid level management in IT. They have nothing to deliver. Learn quickly and move fast before things become unsalvageable.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "vp"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

    big name wall street company great company motion the right choice for a select few

    Cons

    for the majority of employees once your in you'll never see a raise or bonus beyond the first year

    Advice to Management

    pay your employees what you promise them



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