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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated 22 October 2014
Updated 22 October 2014
1,714 Reviews
3.5
1,714 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 113 reviews)

  • Since it's difficult to get into Morgan Stanley, you'll work with very smart people (in 91 reviews)


Cons
  • Very limited work/life balance, which they claimed was very important to them (in 104 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good

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    • 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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    • 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

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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
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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.  

    Review of MS

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7.  

    Satisfied, Learning and Earning

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer, Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer, Consultant

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

    Pros

    Good Compensation
    Good Scale of Problem Solving
    Open to new Technologies
    Strong processes
    Good Remote Working Technology and Access

    Cons

    It takes more time to accomplish things, a thing with most large companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep running the Business

  8.  

    One of the top employer for technology experts

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Budapest (Hungary)

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

    Pros

    - at the top of the IT world development
    - pushed by competition to use latest technology on the market and sometime even before it is available
    - briliant collegues, top of their game

    Cons

    - lot of homegrown products (limited ability to learn products used outside of Morgan Stanley)
    - lot of leadership comming from metro location, but it is not possible to move there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - grow leadership opportunities in younger offices
    - try to reduce cross region teams

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Operations Analyst

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    • 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
  10.  

    Overall it is nice company to work with some old style and rude managers and with unnecessary firing and hiring cycle.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Mumbai (India)

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Following are some of the reasons one may like to work at Morgan Stanley :
    1. Good Pay
    2. Nice company policy
    3. Flexible working environment
    4. Lot of opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    Following are some of the changes one may face at Morgan Stanley :
    1. You may not get any appreciation for good work but it will reflect in salary.
    2. Lots of politics
    3. Your network with senior people will help you for promotion and your performance and skills may not be a big factor in this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Please stop politics
    2. Appreciate people verbally and on emails as well
    3. Look at work performance and skills for appraisals and not at input of unrelated seseniors.

  11.  

    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

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