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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated December 12, 2017
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  • This division specifically offers great work-life balance (in 343 reviews)

  • Work environment with other industry veterans (in 303 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Technically conservative culture"

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    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture of the company is great. Business users will usually be engaged and constructive. Lot of opportunities if you're in the right team/location.

    Cons

    At a very fundamental level conservative technology decisions are made that impact the whole firm. This is understandable given the highly regulated nature of the company and the large nature of the company. But it can feel like you're spending a lot of time learning to do things the Morgan way with their very proprietary tech stack.

    Also there are the usual problems with technology in the Finance industry generally being treated as lower tier citizen of the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Get fresh advisors at the top levels of application infrastructure who are more eager to embrace open source software and established industry trends rather than looking at them with caution or as support costs. Yes, the company's technology budget cannot possibly sustain efforts to "morganize" and support every new FOSS thing that comes along, but we shouldn't need to. We should seek fundamentally new ways to work that allow app development teams to explore these options almost immediately (pre-production)


  2. "intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    a very good place for learning

    Cons

    must wear suit every day

  3. "Financial Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to cut your teeth for training

    Cons

    Disorganized as a growing brokerage after merging with Smith Barney


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Culture and I was Lucky enough to work with a professional and great crew."

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    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Manchester, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very supportive on training . Alway's ways to learn the business. Wonderful culture within the organization. Really loved the people I was working with.

    Cons

    High Goals to reach in FA program. But they do all they can to prepare you. Most is up to you . Getting all the exams passed can be challenging if your not used to doing this.

    Advice to Management

    Try to take in less numbers of FA's and train the ones that do come in on a team so they can start learning the business right away. Without a client base it can be a "catch 22" if you have zero investment experience.


  5. "Great Job"

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    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity and great work environment

    Cons

    Very difficult to get any help with anything.


  6. "Arguably in the top 3 best wealth management franchises amongst its warehouse competitors"

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

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best-in-class investment platform, capital markets expertise, intellectual capital, client focus

    Cons

    Difficult to transition to different roles / functions within the organization


  7. "Fullstack Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

    My feeling overall is pretty neutral toward them.

    Cons

    It's ultimately not a technology company so upward mobility and task variety is a bit constrained.

  8. "Good company"

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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

    Balanced life style. Payment is good.

    Cons

    Daily work maybe a little boring.


  9. "Vice President"

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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

    The Firm has a great culture and plenty of opportunities to move from one role to another. It's a good place for a woman to be at because of a lot of support received from senior leadership.

    Cons

    Loyalty to the Firm is often not reflected in compensation. One would need to find various ways to get the full package comp where you want it to be.


  10. "Vice President"

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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

    Work with lots of smart people

    Cons

    Promotion and compensation are just average

    Advice to Management

    Keep talented people


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