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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated 16 April 2015
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Pros
  • Their work life balance policies allow you to work from home when you cannot get in (in 117 reviews)

  • Since it's difficult to get into Morgan Stanley, you'll work with very smart people (in 93 reviews)

Cons
  • Very limited work/life balance, which they claimed was very important to them (in 109 reviews)

  • Long hours in the operation department when the market is bad (in 121 reviews)

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  1. Didn

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    Former Employee - IT Student Intern in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - IT Student Intern in Glasgow, Scotland

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Was a computing university intern with a 48 week contract. with the company, but felt like I was a proper full time employee. Everyone I interacted with were friendly and formed some good relationships during my time there. The IT tools I had to use for my day to day job is something I've still to see beaten in any other job.

    Cons

    Some applications that I had to support was poorly documented, and it didn't help that some applications had the same name as each other, however it was easy to document any findings on the applications that did cause that issue to prevent future confusion.

    Advice to Management

    Not much can be given, It was a great learning experience and felt supported throughout my time there, and wish I was able to stay on permanently (lack of opportunity to do so, as well as a desire to finish my degree prevented this).

  2. Hours can be long, need self discipline to limit hours

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    Current Employee - Director in Kings Park, Scotland
    Current Employee - Director in Kings Park, Scotland

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Decent working environment, lots of different roles. Opportunities to progress and travel

    Cons

    Hours can be long. Can be difficult to change things at times when working across organisation due to competing interests and priorities

    Advice to Management

    Reward longer term staff. Strange situation where new hires are paid more.

  3. Overall good place to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New emphasis on work life balance has made the company a much better place to work for. For a large organisation the management structure seems pretty flat and senior management still seem reasonably accessible and in touch with the business.

    Cons

    Too many IT projects lead by non IT people makes for a lot of poorly designed disjointed systems which leads to a lot of inefficiency.

    Advice to Management

    Spend even more on IT. Don't let non IT people manage IT and data related projects. Be careful about how we implement improvements on culture. Don't create a organisation where people carelessly follow the rules to stay on the right side of regulation.

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  5. Professional People, bad culture

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    Current Contractor - Operations Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Contractor - Operations Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Employees are very professional
    Team leaders have a great response to employees problems

    Cons

    Way too much finger pointing
    Managers opinion for what's happening in the team is based on what they're told-no personal opinion
    Salary way too low

  6. Comfortable, not super challenging

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    Former Intern - Technology Associate in London, England
    Former Intern - Technology Associate in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's well paid and respected. The work is fairly relaxed. Your users are right next door, so the ability to talk to them while designing the software is great. Also comes with perks like training and free events.

    Cons

    The work isn't super challenging, and many of your co-workers don't seem super motivated or ambitious. Office atmosphere can be dull, some people a few cubicles down never made conversation with the others in our area.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe some 'organised fun', other than going to the pub every evening, might encourage team members to get to know each other better.

  7. My experience was mixed. Local management well intentioned but fighting a losing battle against regulation.

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    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in London, England

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work. Great brand. Some high quality colleagues. Vestiges of a once great culture. Decent pay. Appreciate a lot of the strengths when you leave.

    Cons

    Career development heavily dependent on your immediate line manager. Highly political. No attempt by the management to protect analysts from truly terrible managers. Won't listen to you until you have been there at least 10 years.

    Advice to Management

    An unfashionable view but it's not all about salary at the junior levels. Sustained investment in training would promote loyalty.

  8. This is a great company.

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    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great people around you.

    Cons

    Very formal environment to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up a little.

  9. Operations Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Good people, nice office. Great facilities also if you enjoy using gym

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay. Very dull and repetitive work for not much reward.

  10. Great corporate culture

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great CEO who has turned around the bank since 2008. Good communication from management

    Cons

    below industry pay, some departments are too congested which makes it hard to get promoted

  11. Great place

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    Former Employee - Onboarding Analyst in London, England
    Former Employee - Onboarding Analyst in London, England

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good working culture, friendly people

    Cons

    Long hours, management doesnt communicate with people below

    Advice to Management

    Listen

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