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  • Work-life balance is the best out of any job I have seen (in 321 reviews)

  • Great work environment and people (in 282 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues, lots of flexibility.
    Good opportunities to develop skills.
    Very professional environment - I was always proud to be part of a team.

    Cons

    All Wall Street firms are stressful places to work, and Morgan
    Stanley is not an exception. Sometimes you have to work at
    times you prefer not to.

    Advice to Management

    During the credit crisis John Mack did a good job of communicating to employees what was happening in the economy and to Morgan Stanley. He also told employees he understood if they felt they needed to sell their shares of MS stock.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Trading desk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with many opportunities to move

    Cons

    I think there was poor middle management

    Advice to Management

    weak middle management

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a ton, various experiences, various industries.

    Cons

    Got coffee all the time

    Advice to Management

    Managers at MSSB, i.e. not the people who actually gain clients and service them, are pretty incompetent and not respected all that much


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Morgan Stanley is an excellent company to work for in IT"

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - In IT, I found most of the people to be high caliber: i.e. smart, proactive, very good work ethic, respectful.
    - IT management is open to ideas from all employees.
    - You work hard, sometimes long hours, but there is also emphasis on work-life balance.
    - Very good salary and benefits.
    - If company has a decent year, and if you did your work well, the bonus is very good.

    Cons

    - The process for getting promoted (e.g. from associate to VP, from VP to ED) is not good. I know employees who were outstanding for many years and still they were not promoted.

    Advice to Management

    - Find a better, more fair way to promote employees.
    - Encourage more frequent feedback between managers and employees.
    - Continue with efforts to improve annual review process.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "One of the better wire houses to start career"

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    Former Employee - Wealth Management Advisor in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Wealth Management Advisor in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For second acts and self-starters this is possibly the best of the big wire houses. They do not lead you by the hand so have a well developed sense of how you will build your business from day one. They are fair in compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Its a tough business without great credentials and its still tough. Smith Barney does not had you any business or a starter book of clients. Its all up to you. Other firms do seed new advisors.

    Advice to Management

    Engineer the business model to provide new advisors (especially those coming from other industries) with a starter book and help them grow that book.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good starting internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Blue Bell, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Blue Bell, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Accessibility of financial advisers, flexible hours, you can make the experience as good as you want, occasional free lunch, great freshman or sophomore internship

    Cons

    There is a limited number of projects to work on. A lot of time may be spent doing cold calls or other clerical duties.

    Advice to Management

    Their business plan is fine. Financial advisors have complete independence, and I was able to get a clear idea of what working in the field is like


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not all that"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and benefits - well known company

    Cons

    poor compensation and hard to move up.

    Advice to Management

    To retain talent, they need to be recognized

  8. "company review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    MS is one of the great banks on the Wall street. atmosphere is splendid to work in. so are the prospects of rising

    Cons

    maybe the management is not that great in comparison to its peers still employee satisfaction is one of the best

    Advice to Management

    Employee's are the core strength at Morgan Stanley. I think management can provide greater growth potential to the deserving individuals which i feel is missing now to some extent


  9. "Life of an intern"

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    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great crash course into the life of an associate
    Lots of senior speaker events, networking events, etc.
    Given lots of responsibility

    Cons

    Seniors are not incredibly approachable (usually have to book time with your Analyst)
    Greuling presentation/stock pitch at the end of internship ( be overprepard, very important)
    Training program is brief
    Not always clear what you're looking for in terms of the projects given to you

    Advice to Management

    More team to team integration/encouraging associates to move beyond their pod
    Mid-summer performance reviews should be more candid/direct about areas to improve


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Wealth Management Internship"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst Intern in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst Intern in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good starting internship. The people there are very nice and willing to help. Overall a good starting internship. Would recommend for sophomores.

    Cons

    The pay is pretty low for a financial industry internship. The work is also exclusively grunt work. There is also no incentive for working faster or more efficiently.

    Advice to Management

    A more formalized training program as well as structured learning experiences throughout the internship. The internship is a good starting point but is more useful for students in the earlier part of their college careers.


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