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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated 25 November 2014
Updated 25 November 2014
1,780 Reviews
3.5
1,780 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Their work life balance policies allow you to work from home when you cannot get in (in 117 reviews)

  • Since it's difficult to get into Morgan Stanley, you'll work with very smart people (in 93 reviews)


Cons
  • Very limited work/life balance, which they claimed was very important to them (in 109 reviews)

  • Long hours in the operation department when the market is bad (in 121 reviews)

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  1.  

    Disappointment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Services in Docklands
    Former Employee - Business Services in Docklands

    I worked at Morgan Stanley as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Staff facilities are excellent with a large restaurant serving breakfasts and lunches with many choices of fare. Location is okay if you enjoy expensive shopping centres.

    Cons

    The management are inconsiderate of staff needs and expect you to spill every drop of blood during working hours and beyond to get a job done, regardless of the cost to the individual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat staff like human beings with needs and feelings, not like items of resource that you can move around and utilise at your whim.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Sydney
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Sydney

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Staff worrk well together and good onboarding process.

    Cons

    Communications to staff need to be improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better career oppotunities for staff

  3.  

    Larger work loads, lower bonus and no career progression

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front Office Sales in Sydney
    Current Employee - Front Office Sales in Sydney

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

    Pros

    Great Brand
    Good Systems
    Great Location
    Nice Offices
    Good access to other departments
    Global foot-print

    Cons

    Little to no support for lateral/ inter departmental movements

    Poor compensation relative to industry

    More work load, smaller bonus

    Have not had a pay rise in 3 years (nor has anyone in my position)

    Glass ceiling - you cant move up...

    Political nightmare

    No Recognition - partly due to the fact your manager has no idea what you are doing

    Quicker to suggest exploring job opportunities externally than to assist internally (not isolated incident)

    No clear requirements to progress - consistently changing progression requirements

    Losing clients due to poor credit rating

    No advertising is Australia - most people don't know our division exists!

    Icing on the cake - in performance reviews, they cannot give all high performers 'exceeds expectations' because they have to follow a bell curve. Low pay relative to industry and no recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify and recognize talent.

    Pay people what they are worth.

    Help people with their career development - its the only way to retain driven/motivated people.

    If an employee wants to move divisions, and they have the qualifications, help them!

    Do not shift the 'goal posts' that some one has been working hard towards - I am not the only one that feels this way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Neutral

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Risk Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Risk Manager in Sydney

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Global reach, good for front office.

    Cons

    IB pigeon hole culture. Person with the right skill set in Ops cannot move laterally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible in terms of mobility for people with the right skills to move around.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Once was great ...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Sydney
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Sydney

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    A low benchmark by peers means it's relatively easy to do well. Pay very well for median performance and even better for great performance. Some charismatic leaders. Leading user of technology. Global standardised accounting protocals are a tribute to the great work by Trevor Harris and Vaughn Harvey.

    Cons

    Highly political, although that's the norm for the industry. Global approach means a lot of boring travel. Research has been emasculated in recent years. Hedge fund clients now run the strategy for the securities division. Poor IBD deal flow makes it harder to get corporate access.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what gave a franchise in the first place ... the business is too broad and poorly focused.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    MS Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Company with a heart - very philanthropic

    Cons

    At times very long hours

  8.  

    10 Month Internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internship
    Current Employee - Internship

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Superior resources and highly driven successful advisors (mentors).

    Cons

    No formal training. You work at your at will and are easily expensed if you do not perform to par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implementing a more structured training process will attract and retain superior advisors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Financial Advisor

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Tampa, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Tampa, FL (US)

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great name, reputation, beautiful offices, access to the best staff and mutual fund managers. Company takes good care of employees.

    Cons

    You are pretty much forced to sell their proprietary products if you want to keep your job. They make rules that make it impossible to stay unless you sell their stuff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fast-paced but overall fulfilling summer internship experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Equity Research Summer Analyst in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Equity Research Summer Analyst in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at Morgan Stanley as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Coworkers are super nice. Most of the time, they were eager to stop for a second what they were doing and help the interns. One individual research project was involved during the 10 weeks.

    Cons

    Workload and duties to a large extent depend on the team you join. If there are enough associates in the team, you might find yourself less involved than interns in other teams. Very limited headcounts in the HK office! So don't expect easy return offer after the internship.

  11.  

    Morgan Stanley is a company with integrity and care for their employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Service Representative in Columbus, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Client Service Representative in Columbus, OH (US)

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful colleagues, growth opportunities, great training and a well kept tea and coffee room.

    Cons

    Working outside the 8-4 pm. Would like to work 8-4 pm or 9-5 pm Monday-Friday

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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