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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. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager FCG in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager FCG in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good 401K match, vacation, and decent benefits.

    Cons

    Bonus and raises are not consistent

    Advice to Management

    Good work is not adequately rewarded


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, but..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great branding and history.
    Top notch banking organization.
    Some of the most dedicated people working in the front office.

    Cons

    Organization, especially on the IT side is erratic, they sometimes think they are Google.
    Personalities tend to focus on advancement rather than getting the job done rate.
    Prefer band aids rather than longer term solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Wise up and think about how to make your processes run for the longer term rather than based on the personality of the moment.

  3. "Technology Business Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent environment. Continuous support to learn and develop.

    Cons

    Politics and perception are highly important. Not a true con to the firm.


  4. "Great Co-workers but repetitive works"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operation Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Operation Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    9-5 very regularly job schedule, the job is not stressful at all

    Cons

    Repetitive and boring, that's what you get for working at operation in a bank


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not good"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Back Office in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Back Office in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gym in building. Decent benefits and retirement plans. Cafeteria in building with okay food. Employee discounts/perks. I don't have much good to say.

    Cons

    Political, bureaucratic, impossible to get anything accomplished, inept and useless people are kept because nobody cares about actually doing things, just sitting in never-ending meetings getting nothing done


  6. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for, longevity

    Cons

    Getting Laid off isn't good but it's the way of the industry


  7. "CSA for the Stern-Hess group at Morgan Stanley"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Morgan Stanley is a company that offers many resources to FA's and guides them on their path to gain clients.

    Cons

    They need more employee appreciation events.

  8. "Great place to wok"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President IT in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President IT 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. Very smart motivated people.

    Cons

    Compensation not on par with other institutions.

    Advice to Management

    Consistent message about comp. Go back to sharing successes with non retail staff.


  9. "Great people. Lack of recognition"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Section Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Section Manager in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great group of people and happy environment. Good start pay for an on the phones/call center position. Great community involvement.

    Cons

    Hard to move up once you get to leadership, but fairly easy and quick to get to a Section Manager role. Hard to increase your pay when assuming new positions and more responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on talent retention. A lot of great talent is lost for worthless reasons.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good Place to start your career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Financial Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People- I truly like 99% of the people that I work with, yes there are some unkind people but they are few and far between
    Benefits- 4% 401k match with vesting after 3 years, 16 weeks maternity leave, 4 weeks vacation when first starting, Cell phone discount, etc.
    Work Opportunities- given lots of opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance- be prepared to work more than 8 hours a day while not getting overtime, also if you are a good worker be prepared to get more responsibilities
    Compensation- after promotion to Associate from Analyst, I make less money
     then before due to overtime eligibility for Analyst only but do more work
    Career Direction- no clear path to getting promoted and no mentor-ship program
    Parking- not subsidized by the company, so you will be paying easily over $100 a month
    No Formal Training-came straight from college and was throw into work straight away

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people, overwhelming good workers.
    Paid people more, Analyst shouldn't get paid more then Associates.
    Mentor-ship Program for everyone
    Formal Training for all new hires


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