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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated 18 August 2018
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  1. "Hard work pays off"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate in Sydney
    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great but the hours are tough. It will set you for a great career in the industry. Requires a lot of commitment, but there's opportunities for those that work hard.

    Cons

    Can be beaurocratic as any investment bank. Processes are lengthy and very formalised. Timing can be a challenge as most decision makers sit off shore.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Operations in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Operations in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great name on your resume. Can’t think of any other reason apart from this. Recommended for junior candidates, it is a great place to build up your professional experience. Get a couple of years of experience, build network and LEAVE!

    Cons

    Toxic culture. Team leader and managers are lack of managerial skills. Dying to get out at the 6th month of employment. It makes me feel stupid being around.

    The team leader/team manager only hires the mediocre or submissive candidates because they were sick of being challenged by the smart people. The moment when I heard this, that’s when I decide to quit!

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to look into how to improve organisational culture and provide leadership training to the middle management. Hire the ambitious and best people. People are the only success key factor to drive company to grow!

  3. "Great culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Limited movement to move internally


  4. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Don't feel like the work is meaningful


  5. "Work and benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Above industry standard compensation
    learn hos business firms work

    Cons

    Work pressure and legacy technologies

    Advice to Management

    Conduct learning programs on new technologies to help employees maintain learning curve


  6. "Operations Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diverse work culture
    Good work life balance within operations team
    Supportive Senior and managers

    Cons

    People redundancy
    Little support for internal departmental movements

    Advice to Management

    Career oppotunities for staff- Help motivated candidates with their career development


  7. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Sydney
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Diverse and inclusive work culture

    Cons

    Corporate mentality towards risk, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Be prepared to break the finance career mould.

  8. "good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    it is a place that you can be exposed to real financial world
    You can meet some good people and join some great projects

    Cons

    it is hard to get promotion
    pay is a bit below average
    culture is just like other investment banks
    they made people redundancy if the market is not good

    Advice to Management

    i think the management could be more open to different opinions from others and learn how to treat people fairly


  9. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Sydney
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Sydney

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Staff worrk well together and good onboarding process.

    Cons

    Communications to staff need to be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Better career oppotunities for staff


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Larger work loads, lower bonus and no career progression"

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    Current Employee - Front Office Sales in Sydney
    Current Employee - Front Office Sales in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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