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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated March 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is the best out of any job I have seen (in 293 reviews)

  • Challenging work environment that keeps you on your toes (in 256 reviews)

Cons
  • The work-life balance is similar to that of other banks (in 280 reviews)

  • Long hours to establish business; longer time to establish clientele would be helpful (in 324 reviews)

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  1. "Project Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

    Team environment, diverse work culture

    Cons

    No cons during employment here


  2. "Great technology culture"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Banking firm with a technology attitude - great people to work with and more importantly, learn from. Work-life balance is excellent, and technology really is top-notch.

    Cons

    No major cons, some politics but generally you get to do your work in peace


  3. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley part-time

    Pros

    Good cold-calling experience and practice.

    Cons

    Not a lot of other stuff because no licenses.


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  5. "Good opportunities, slow moving, passive"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, opportunities, lots of free food

    Cons

    Management plays favorites, tends to be very political

    Advice to Management

    Promote culture, make the environment less stuffy


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Endless work for a high performer but salary doesn't match"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President - Finance in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President - Finance in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Morgan carries a strong brand and employees have a sense of pride. I've always enjoyed the majority of my colleagues despite a few bad apples and largely have felt supported to pursue opportunities across the firm.

    Cons

    Loyal employees tend to suffer from salary compression in the back office functions. I also think the firm can do a better job of reintegrating young mothers back from maternity leave.

    Advice to Management

    For those who want to grow their careers, offer them challenging opportunities and compensate loyal employees for their work relative to market value


  7. "general review"

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

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

    very good culture and work environment

    Cons

    large company with many levels of red tape


  8. "Great place to start your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good deal experience, competent and intelligent managers

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, some of the work you do will go nowhere


  9. "I've been here 12 years so...."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    The best qualities of Morgan Stanley come from the people you work with and for. Morgan attracts top talent and so you get a chance to work with some of the brightest people, most of which are also good managers that want to help you develop your career and value work life balance.

    Cons

    Compensation stagnates if you stick around for too long. They use a formulation to calculate compensation and it seems like there is no way to get ahead unless you can convince someone very senior to make something happen and that's rare.


  10. "A lot of face time needed- great work alone is never enough"

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

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

    One of best places to get world class experience, great projects, opportunity to work with an excellent team.

    Cons

    A lot of politics and favoritism.
    A good years' hard work not enough for advancement
    A lot of emphasis on after work socializing.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more flexibility at work.
    Put more emphasis on work output rather than FaceTime.


  11. "Financial Advisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The office and the people were nice and helpful.

    Cons

    I was on a team and the team offered very little mentoring and teaching.



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