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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated Jul 27, 2014
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3.4 1,553 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

Morgan Stanley CEO James P. Gorman

James P. Gorman

(722 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Good

    Operations Analyst (Former Employee) Sydney

    ProsStaff worrk well together and good onboarding process.

    ConsCommunications to staff need to be improved.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter career oppotunities for staff

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    Larger work loads, lower bonus and no career progression

    Front Office Sales (Current Employee) Sydney

    ProsGreat Brand
    Good Systems
    Great Location
    Nice Offices
    Good access to other departments
    Global foot-print

    ConsLittle 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 Senior ManagementIdentify 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Neutral

    Risk Manager (Current Employee) Sydney

    ProsGlobal reach, good for front office.

    ConsIB pigeon hole culture. Person with the right skill set in Ops cannot move laterally.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more flexible in terms of mobility for people with the right skills to move around.

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    Once was great ...

    Executive Director (Current Employee) Sydney

    ProsA 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.

    ConsHighly 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 Senior ManagementRemember what gave a franchise in the first place ... the business is too broad and poorly focused.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Professional Environment

    IT Associate (Current Employee) Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    ProsYou can work with talents and learn much from them. Everyone is professional and responsible. MS also provide comprehensive training for grads.

    ConsMaybe due to financial crisis, payment just stays where is was in Shanghai.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good company

    Senior Associate (Former Employee) Mumbai (India)

    ProsWOrk life balance is good
    Work Culture is good
    Promotions are ok. Over all good company to work

    ConsWork pressure, Promotion are rare
    no onsight
    Mangers are lil rude sometimes
    Onsight will not given for good workers. Still i recommand my frnd

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work. Great work place

    Analyst (Former Employee) Mumbai (India)

    ProsGood work environment. Good people to work with

    Conslack of promotion, lack of personal growth. High work pressure

     

    Excellent work environment. Great people.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people. Challenges. Training. Work-life balance.

    ConsVery large company. Can be difficult to navigate.

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    Engaging

    Financial Advisor (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsHuge commitment towards technological superiority
    Good health plan and retirement savings benefits
    Focused on being the best in wealth management

    Conscompensation for FA's is constantly in-flux
    as 'infantryman,' FA's need to diffuse controversial pricing and fee policies with clients
    The firm is focused on being the best in Wealth Management and Investment Banking. Firm should break away from the pact by offering the best work-life balance benefits in the industry

    Advice to Senior ManagementAn emphasis on work-life balance would be great for morale

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Incredible Summer in Morgan Stanley Corporate Communication

    Intern (Current Employee) Beijing, Beijing (China)

    ProsVery friendly working environment. I'm in firm management, workload not nearly as intense as IBD, everyone is happy to teach you and answer questions. A great networking environment and very decent growth potential.

    ConsVery rigid vertical firm structure, hours can be pretty bad, once you have a blackberry you are never off the hook.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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