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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated 29 October 2014
Updated 29 October 2014
1,724 Reviews
3.5
1,724 Reviews
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Morgan Stanley CEO James P. Gorman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Their work life balance policies allow you to work from home when you cannot get in (in 114 reviews)

  • Since it's difficult to get into Morgan Stanley, you'll work with very smart people (in 92 reviews)


Cons
  • Very limited work/life balance, which they claimed was very important to them (in 106 reviews)

  • Long hours in the operation department when the market is bad (in 118 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good

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    • 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

  2.  

    Larger work loads, lower bonus and no career progression

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    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
  3.  

    Neutral

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    • 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Good working environment with exceptional people.

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment with talented employees.

    Cons

    Compensation tends to lag behind peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to develop a culture of leadership and support meritocracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    I greatly enjoyed my experience at Morgan Stanley. They were Really focused on my growth and development. The people who I worked with were very friendly and welcoming

    Cons

    Male dominated company, not that many women working there. I did not have any other problems with the company and had a great experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic experience overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Executive in Beverly Hills, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Investment Executive in Beverly Hills, CA (US)

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company provided excellent training, compensation and sales support on an ongoing basis, through fair weather and foul.

    Cons

    There was always a certain amount of mild pressure to sell company product over outside, competing products.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Pretty good internship experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Summer Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Software Summer Intern in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    A full set of events in ten weeks internship program, including seminars, community contribution, and projects.

    Cons

    Not technically exciting, for the project the team is engaged.

  10.  

    Good Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Senior Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - IT Senior Associate in Mumbai (India)

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

    Pros

    Healthy work environment, flexibility to learn and experiment, ownership of applications and decisions

    Cons

    IT development restricted to need of the business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Review of MS

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Columbus, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Columbus, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and good work life balance

    Cons

    few opportunities for upward mobility

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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