Morgan Stanley

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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
1,808 Reviews
3.5
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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
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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    • Senior Management
    • 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.  

    Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Exposure to equity research market. Great learning experience

    Cons

    Nothing really, great experience overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    very approachable and willing to teach and help

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great culture, great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    The culture is great to be a former investment bank. The people are great to work with as well. You don't come across the uppity "I work on wall street" attitude to often as you would at a competitor in NYC.

    Cons

    Depending on your department, you can work long hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A position to excel - Wealth Managment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    - There are a lot of training modules that you are free to do
    - Work life won't interfere with your personal life
    - As long as you work hard and are looking to constantly bring in more business, you will do great

    Cons

    - Work culture is very dull
    - Constantly need to be looking for new leads
    - Competition against employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more events for employees bring them together, more open office culture environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for, smart people and good culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sourcing Consultant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Sourcing Consultant in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The culture, people and salary are the most positive attributes.

    Cons

    As a consultant, it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel (light meaning becoming a full time employee).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Wealth Management Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Good experience, awesome people and great networking opportunity.

    Cons

    Low pay for wealth management intern. Minimum Wage unless in analyst programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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