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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated 22 November 2014
Updated 22 November 2014
1,770 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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  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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.  

    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.  

    great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    great people, great culture, and good direction

    Cons

    some busywork, lot of time spent in firm

  9.  

    Good place to work and good people to work with.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Really good mobility opportunities and a culture where a lot of people feel more like family than co-workers.

    Cons

    Collaborative to a fault - It oftens hinders progress.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Highly competitive sink or swim organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Morgan Stanley is the pre-eminent name in finance at the moment. If you had put your faith in the stock a fees years ago, you would have made a great deal of money because of the efforts of management.

    Cons

    Much emphasis is placed on pedigree such as educational backgrounds from Ivy League schools and top MBA programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While having gone to an Ivy League undergraduate program and/or top MBA program doesn't hurt, developing talent from within and building loyalty would benefit the firm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The business culture, professionalism always stressed (Internship at IT & Data)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    Compared to other internships offered by other IT companies, internship at Morgan Stanley IT is more interesting. You have the chance to know a lot about what business MS is doing. Lots of lectures, charity events, quiz night, ice cream festival, mid-autumn festival....
    You also have a specific project, which will be completed within 10 weeks by yourself, you and another intern, or you and two other interns. The technology is mostly Java and C#. You will also have a final presentation.
    MS at Shanghai provides excellent accomodation for students from places other than Shanghai (bad thing for students in Shanghai).

    Cons

    You have to be dressed more formally there than in most internet companies. No jeans. No sneakers. Wear shirt. In some formal occasions, wear suit and tie.
    I feel a bit of elitism, but not hateful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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