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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
1,707 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 110 reviews)

  • Since it's difficult to get into Morgan Stanley, you'll work with very smart people (in 90 reviews)


Cons
  • Very limited work/life balance, which they claimed was very important to them (in 101 reviews)

  • Long hours in the operation department when the market is bad (in 117 reviews)

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  1.  

    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

  2.  

    Larger work loads, lower bonus and no career progression

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    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
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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

    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.  

    Best Place I've Worked At

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

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance, above average pay, excellent morale, opportunities for growth, decent benefits, corporate actually listens to employee suggestions

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Operations Analyst

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

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

    Pros

    Culture was great, everyone was really open and willing to help the interns feel comfortable. The summer analyst program was filled with fun events and opportunities for networking with senior management.

    Cons

    Can be intimidating at first.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    good work place senior coachin support

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    good feedback good people work life balance

    Cons

    same work no promotions beuerucracy

  9.  

    Great place to work super mangement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    You are given the opportunity to stand on your own two feet

    Cons

    None that I can think of now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

  10.  

    Excellent management team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FAA in Little Rock, AR (US)
    Current Employee - FAA in Little Rock, AR (US)

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

    Pros

    Great management team and work space

    Cons

    Not enough help in building your book of business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    wealth management intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Wealth Management Intern in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Wealth Management Intern in Menlo Park, CA (US)

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work was fast paced so the days went by fast

    Cons

    The hours were fairly long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage intern more in portfolio decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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