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Morgan Stanley San Francisco Reviews

Updated January 6, 2018
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San Francisco, CA Area

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Morgan Stanley CEO James P. Gorman
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  1. "A+"

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    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits culture community and atmosphere

    Cons

    There are no cons at this time

    Advice to Management

    There is no advice to provide at this time


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed bag, not for millennials"

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    • 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 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Matching 401k, health, vision, and benefits. World renowned name in status and prestige. You're in luck if you work with a great team/FA. Multiple retakes of the Series 7 and license tests sometimes allowed, as you need license to become registered and take on more responsibilities.

    Cons

    Just about everything else. Little room for growth, lower than market salary. Tight and regulated schedule, especially if you work in wealth management support staff. Often overworked, but overtime is frowned upon. Morgan Stanley was hit was a lawsuit a while back from employees working overtime and not getting paid, so now we are heavily discouraged from working overtime. This doesn't make sense as some pushy FAs give you more work, so it's a spinning wheel of overwork and under appreciation. Gossip rampant, and people are quick to undermine you. The platform technology is slow and needs an overhaul. It may be great for older employees, but horrible for those well versed in technology. Tight regulation means it can take days to get a simple request completed as it goes through layers of channels.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to employee satisfaction and morale. Improve the technology. Some CSAs can stay a lifetime in the same role without advancement, while others have goals and ambition in mind. It's important to differentiate between the career employee and those more stagnant. There's a lot of wasted potential in this slow industry if you can't recognize young talent.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Financial Advisor Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good resources, decent work-life balance.

    Cons

    Low pay, job entails cold-contact sales, salary declines over 36 months.

    Advice to Management

    Incentivize teaming, bring team-based solutions to the clients rather than the silo advisor approach.


  4. "Amazing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Wealth Management Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Wealth Management Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley as an intern

    Pros

    Couldn't have asked for a better first work experience. I was very nervous going into my first day of work but every professional there was so generous and understanding.

    Cons

    Wish I could've stayed longer.


  5. "review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    some great people work here

    Cons

    difficult at times, but no too bad

    Advice to Management

    keep on keeping on


  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Do not recommend"

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    • 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 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    benefits are great
    possibility for career progression

    Cons

    salaries are low
    Begin with 10 PTO days which is not enough

    Advice to Management

    please listen to sales associates as well as advisers

  8. "San Francisco Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inter in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Inter in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with awesome people

    Cons

    Manager was not very good at communicating what was needed, not much interaction with higher ups.


  9. "its ok"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    money, benefits, it's big - 50k employees

    Cons

    excessive compliance, 2nd rate technology


  10. "Financial Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Prestige, well known, exciting, fast moving

    Cons

    stressful, competitive, need to know the right people to succeed


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