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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated August 20, 2017
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  • work life balance is not very good (in 300 reviews)

  • Long hours to establish business; longer time to establish clientele would be helpful (in 344 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good rep on the street, strong mobility vertically if desired

    Cons

    Large institution, repetitive work, hard to get the ear of management


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Proud to Work for MS"

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    Current Employee - Director in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Director in South Jordan, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    diversity/inclusion, mobility, culture, management direction

    Cons

    Compensation/Salary is the only Con

  3. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart and hardworking employee base

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy but not too bad

    Advice to Management

    Focus on career development!


  4. "Associate"

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

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

    Culture, promote juniors to take responsibilities, new challenges

    Cons

    Salaries, unsecurities, meaning that you can easily get laid off due to biz environment

    Advice to Management

    Consistency at department level. Changing strategies every year could be a setback in talent development


  5. Helpful (1)

    "MS New york"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Service Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

    Networking, possibilities, experience. Overall good place to work.

    Cons

    hard to move up, no career advancement

    Advice to Management

    Be the leader you wish you had.


  7. "Good Company, Still Things to Work On"

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

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

    Pros

    Great name, great infrastructure, good culture overall with good people.

    Cons

    Technology issues are persistent and expense tightening can make junior people feel underappreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more on junior retention!

  8. "Major financial company in transistion, amidst industry disruption."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

    Progressive company, given it's size, and that the entire industry was in flux more than usual at the time.

    Cons

    Manager was too busy to nurture development, and provide timely guidance.


  9. "Historic Company"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The History of Morgan Stanley is amazing. The people are great and there is opportunity to grow within the company

    Cons

    sometimes you're treated as a number

    Advice to Management

    working on incentives for non branch employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fixed Income Analyst"

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

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and lots of different roles in the division

    Cons

    Literally all talk and no action. FID leadership changed while I was there with no change in company loyalty or performance. Completely political atmosphere that swallows young people if your family or college lax team isn't well-connected enough. HR is a complete joke with no support network. I would highly recommend taking ANY other bulge bracket or even middle market FID offer if you want to feel like you are doing anything or are valued.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the jokers that run groups for no reason besides they got grandfathered in. No one cares about analysts and its becoming more and more laughably obvious.


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