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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated July 26, 2017
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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. "Corporate, as Expected"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    If you're on a good team, it can be great.

    Cons

    Very male dominated.

    Not much room for creativity.


  2. "Morgan Stanley - Retirement Planning Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Learned a lot about financial markets

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth, Not treated well as an employee

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for interns to grow

  3. "Pros and Cons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Expansive investment platform
    Active branch management
    Conducive work environment

    Cons

    Poor firm communication
    Unclear operating procedures

    Advice to Management

    Have proper management dedicated to each business unit


  4. "Benefits are good but declining"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity growth is very good.

    Cons

    Communication within the team is horrible. CC everyone on emails, gets very redundant.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Large company creates more opportunities for mobility.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is not positive compared with competitors. Moral is low.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "An Incredibly Fast Paced and Intellectual Environment, but"

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    Former Employee - Vice President, Digital Marketing in Purchase, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President, Digital Marketing in Purchase, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging Work
    Incredible talented co-workers
    Diverse projects
    Good technology

    Cons

    Extreme Focused on bottom line
    Employees way down on list of importance. 1st Shareholders, 2nd Clients, 3rd FAs, 4th Employees.
    You'll work hard and not get recognized.
    There is an amazing amount of ego in the room
    Much of the work in done in silos
    Work life balance can be tough

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on diversity of thought and employee satisfaction


  7. "Operations Director"

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    Current Employee - Operations Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Operations Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Have great name recognition. In my area I have good work life balance.

    Cons

    It is so large that it is difficult to move up or get noticed. In my area there is so much Sr. level transition and change it is difficult to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to the front lines and the individuals that are doing the day to day work as they often have really great insights.

  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. "Consulting Group Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

    Job security, great co-workers and very good benefits and perks. Technology was constantly growing while I was there and that is always a positive when you work at a financial institution.

    Cons

    Low salary, constant cost cutting and no clear path for job trajectory. I felt that there wasn't enough of a difference in compensation between the best employees and the worst employees.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more competitive salaries for tenure, quality of work and reward your "star" employees. I never received a review that was lower than the highest rating; however, there were never any raises higher than 4% given to me during my time there. During that same stretch, my spouse worked at a regional bank and received multiple 5-10% raises. I began with a slightly higher salary yet I was way behind when I finally couldn't take anymore and decided to leave. My new job increased my base salary by 110% which shows the value MS places on retaining talent.


  10. "Financial Advisor Trainee"

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    Former Employee - FAA in Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - FAA in Manchester, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome people and company. Great learning environment.

    Cons

    Job is demanding and starts with a lot of uncertainty. If you do not pass exams you will not make it through.

    Advice to Management

    Change the current training for exams. The test should not be a repeat of the same . It should mix it up. Work to keep the people in the program so you end the hire and fire cycle.


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