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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated July 24, 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. "Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

    Autonomy & pay, great smart people

    Cons

    lack of senior guidance, slow learning


  2. "MS New york"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President, Product Management in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President, Product Management in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Filled with incredibly sharp people

    Cons

    slow, bureaucratic atmosphere. New folks are trying to change it but still filled with lifers who drag things out

    Advice to Management

    Keep bringing in fresh blood and ideas. The old guard is going to bring you down.

  3. "Vice President - IBD"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, smart people, collaborative work environment

    Cons

    Incredibly competitive industry and extremely long hours as a result

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to actually retain top talent and give them new opportunities / mobility within the firm.


  4. "good work env"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    decent money,better work life balance

    Cons

    front office has much performance pressure under outages


  5. "FAA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

    Upside Potential is enormous with support from senior advisors, IF you become an asset to them...

    Cons

    Lack of support after training

    Advice to Management

    possibly add a mentor type program to the FAA


  6. "Not a fan"

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

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

    Good sales training, solid name

    Cons

    Horrible, dumb and greedy managers

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the brokerage business and focus on providing fiduciary services to people.


  7. "Fair SSC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Budapest (Hungary)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fancy Office; Nice location; Great people and outdoor events; Managers are supportive; Wide range of internal training courses.

    Cons

    Parking is not free; Workload is unbalanced; Compensation is below the benchmark; Company organized parties are self funded.

    Advice to Management

    Salaries and number of headcounts needs to be increased.

  8. 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.


  9. "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.


  10. "Finance Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Associate in Budapest (Hungary)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good career opportunities, market leading finance knowledge

    Cons

    Very demanding and competitive environment


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