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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated 21 August 2014
Updated 21 August 2014
1,610 Reviews

3.5
1,610 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 96 reviews)

  • There are lots of smart people there who you can learn a lot from (in 82 reviews)


Cons
  • Very limited work/life balance, which they claimed was very important to them (in 91 reviews)

  • Long hours in the operation department when the market is bad (in 105 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Sydney

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

    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

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

    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 ...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Director  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Sydney

    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.  

    Awesome Work Life Balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Associate  in  Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Technology Associate in Mumbai (India)

    Pros

    Freedom, Resources, Reputation. Everything is yours here.

    Cons

    Why are you so awesome ?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Can be good experience depending on your positions

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internal OTC Derivative Analyst  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Internal OTC Derivative Analyst in Baltimore, MD (US)

    Pros

    The culture is pretty good
    They emphasis a lot of firm mobility and post a lot of jobs internally for people who are looking to transition
    A modest benefits package

    Cons

    They preach work-life benefit but it is hard to really obtain a decent balance there
    Can be a bad experience depending on your department
    Some areas have high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should really adhere to the preaching of work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to build a career.

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

    Pros

    Great culture, get to work with some of the brighthest people. Unlimited opportunity for growth and expressing your views and ideas.

    Cons

    Depending on the positions, long hours, poor work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    prestigious opportunity until I realized I dont really fit in investment banks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Intern in Seoul (South Korea)

    Pros

    Nice people, nice office, lots of learning in a short length of time
    Can calm down and slow down your work after 3pm.
    I would recommend the work if you are really devoted to working in s&t no matter what

    Cons

    People on trading floor become cantankerous during market hrs.
    As an intern, lunch delivery was more important than anything else.
    A few of them were very picky about lunch menu. Had to take lunch out in more than two places in a day.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very Good Working Experience with Morgan Stanley

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Analyst  in  Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Technology Analyst in Mumbai (India)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and very friendly work place

    Cons

    Had problems with the work station set-up a lot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great WORK and loved working with you

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Entry Level Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Facing Maintenance  in  Columbus, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Field Facing Maintenance in Columbus, OH (US)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay, friendly people

    Cons

    It is still a call center environment with limited potential to advance. Opportunity to advance would mean moving out of state and working in a branch.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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