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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated February 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is the best out of any job I have seen (in 289 reviews)

  • Challenging work environment that keeps you on your toes (in 253 reviews)

Cons
  • The work-life balance is similar to that of other banks (in 276 reviews)

  • Long hours to establish business; longer time to establish clientele would be helpful (in 322 reviews)

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  1. "analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great people, great organization, great culture and many opportunities to various products.

    Cons

    very long hours and very strict promotion period.

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  2. "Private Wealth Management Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience was great as you're exposed to several industry-leading clients. People generally are very helpful and respectful around the office

    Cons

    The work-life balance is similar to that of other banks. Long hours are often expected.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps promote a more diverse environment and upward mobility.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Decent place - not an ideal culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great internal mobility and smart people all around.

    Cons

    -Comp and bonus are well below industry, coupled with brutal hours and little work life balance.
    -Can be a hostile environment for external joiners.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    High responsibility from day 1, has great on the job training and rewards high achievers. Vacation days arelated good and not a cut throat culture.

    Cons

    Some issues with retention due to workload, also difficult to move internally without having a pre existing connection in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to train your employees and try to keep them engaged internally. Better communicate the company's direction to those in satellite offices.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Resume Builder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Morgan Stanley looks great on a resume and has the resources/breadth to expose its employees to a variety of topics.

    Cons

    Morgan Stanley is generally a bureaucracy and not a meritocracy. Given its long history, it has established requirements for promotion and pay raises, there is very limited ability to reward someone for the work that they have done recently; employees must hope/believe their reward will come later down the road.

    Advice to Management

    Make an active effort to retain employees instead of relying on the name/brand of the company. The inability to retain talent is a large problem for this company. Also, when jobs become open, do not look to move someone horizontally, promote people vertically.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Morgan Stanley"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company to work for. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to get a job in finance.

    Cons

    There were no real cons that I can think of while working for Morgan Stanley. I truly enjoyed every day going into work.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on hiring younger employees more often. i know that finance related jobs require some experience, but I think it would improve the culture of the company.


  8. "Equities tech-driven bank"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    More highly technical colleagues than in the other 5 large IBs I have worked over. Turn over among mid level and senior manager is at a healthy enough level to maintain the culture the bank values so much: "doing the right thing". Heavy investment on technology at all levels: hardware, software and people. Critical to join a group where you get to prove yourself woking for a fair and technical manager that has a solid relationship with the business; it is the best way to achieve a sense of stability and fulfillment, and every extra mile you give will get recognized and valued.

    Cons

    Firm and organization wise, none. It really boils down to granularity, i.e. to the group you get to be part of and your direct manager(s). In my case, I'm very pleased.
    Total compensation can be in average 25% higher in a top hedge fund, but base on my experience, the culture and commitment to technology investment at MS are very hard to match.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Market risk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work culture, talented people, opportunities to learn, good career advancement, management encourage certifications

    Cons

    Depends on team some working hours could be overwhelming. Not so much process and documentation oriented and have to pick up with on job learning


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Procurement Operations manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good atmosphere. Smart people. Learned allot about the business.

    Cons

    Salary is a hit or miss. Not much bonuses in my field.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Don't see any right now



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