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  • Work-life balance is the best out of any job I have seen (in 321 reviews)

  • Great work environment and people (in 282 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "CAC"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Tampa, FL

    Pros

    Working for them looks good on a resume. They promote taking the 9 & 10 series exams. You don't have to worry building your own book of business.

    Cons

    Micro management, not able to create your own schedule. Management doesn't know how to properly lead competent individuals. To many co-workers willing to stab you in the back.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat the valued employees, forget about the social circles and promote based on merit. Create a open door for employees to come forward with ideas for the organization.


  2. "Good springboard to access Wall Street enviornment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A good enviornment to work at as first foray into Wall Street enviornment. Good opportunity to be surrounded by very smart, professional people with an organization that has many career choices.

    Cons

    Somewhat elitist enviornment, thoigh that is easily overcome by hard work and dedication to the organization. Also, sometimed difficult to navigate some divsions based on recent mergers and/or acquistion type transactions.

    Advice to Management

    Would be helpful to have more user friendly and regular perfromance evaluations which are actually reviewed and discussed. Also, need to encourage more training and sharing across divisions

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Competitive but Fair"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equity Sales and Trading Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Equity Sales and Trading Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Paid according to performance and rewarded for hard work, lots of opportunity for growth and movement within company is very common

    Cons

    Extremely cutthroat, long hours, deal with old school Wall Street people, analysts are at the bottom of the food chain and are treated accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Foster sense of importance of young people at company, do not treat them like they are incompetent children, as many were often treated


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Looking for More"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Portfolio Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Portfolio Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Great benefits, great reputation. I have found that is had been a great company to work for. Much training available when times are good in the market.

    Cons

    lack of in office operational support. Many issues common in most large firms. Many egos and personalities to deal with

    Advice to Management

    Please offer some sort of growth and incentives to operational support. A transitional position to a financial advisor in team situations. It's like trying to make partner in a law firm.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Need better training!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in Dallas, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    Ability to create your own book of business. Unlimited earning potential. Great people to work with. Nice corporate atmosphere. Great corporate name and trust in that name.

    Cons

    Distrust of people to the securities industry at the moment. Your looked at at one of those people, the ones that caused the mess with American money.

    Advice to Management

    Need to listen to employees BETTER. Seriously listen, don't just nod your head as if you're getting anything out of the conversation. Take peoples live into consideration when you make your decisions that can affect said people and their ability to provide for themselves and or their families. Need a MUCH BETTER training program for Series 7 licensing. It is currently very dissorganized and trial by fire. . . do it on your own.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Operations"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, cchallenging, fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, lacking sense of team

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone equally, at all levels, and hold people to the same standards.


  7. "Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Tremendous resources, access to the institutional businesses within the firm on behalf of clients, relative stability as industry expands and contracts.

    Cons

    Heavily sales oriented, at time formulaic approach. Highly commoditized business that is competing for market share in a market where new entrants outweigh expansion.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate the wealth management business model from the standpoint of attracting/retaining top intellectual talent.

  8. "OK"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities available, but you have to be interested in finance to desire them. Good benefit including paid vacation.

    Cons

    Morgan Stanley is always in the news for one thing or another, and it is usually negative. As of late, America doesn't really like Wall Street.

    Advice to Management

    Start people off with some sort of rotational program. With the amount of jobs there are, people might be better suited somewhere other than they currently are.


  9. "Software Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, good software infrastructure, smart people around

    Cons

    long hours, some project are not well organized.

    Advice to Management

    Need to make people there more happen.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Smart and Nice People, Need to care about Finance"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Top notch technical talent
    very fast paced
    lot's of freedom in how you get your work done
    work from home easily
    reasonably good hardware/infrastructure
    business has a general appreciation for IT
    pay

    Cons

    some bureaucracy
    hard to fit in if you don't have a real interest in finance
    you will spend a lot more time understanding business than technology at times
    bias towards in house libraries/frameworks, some good, some bad
    volatile industry

    Advice to Management

    Specifically for IT Management, you don't need to totally restructure the organization every year. It doesn't really affect day to day work but it is annoying. Management should focus on efficiency across groups not pushing particular ideas on groups.


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