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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2014
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3.4 1,571 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

Morgan Stanley CEO James P. Gorman

James P. Gorman

(735 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 corporate culture, but felt like small COG in large machine

    Vice President, Technology (Former Employee) London, England

    Pros- great corporate culture
    - meritocracy
    - made some great friends
    - hired great intelligent people, everyone kept smart

    Cons- could be very political at times, and promotion came down to who would champion you and who you knew versus what you did

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst out of US banks but better than European banks

    Vice President (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsBig company with massive matrix so easy to hide, good place to start

    ConsBig company inefficiencies, a lot of people with big heads, chip on their shoulder about goldman

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook after women

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Morgan Stanley

    Director (Current Employee) Glasgow, Scotland

    ProsLoads of opportunity in terms of products, region, markets and services covered.

    ConsFast-paced global Company that is run extremely competitively means there is little room for anything other then executing, to high standard 100% of the time over 50+ hours a week - and that was just getting by.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow building in more redundancy so everything is not run on the knife edge.

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

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    Good collaborative culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVery strong collaborative culture, pretty low on politics. Nice environment to work in with supportive management. Good technology culture.

    ConsThere was high churn rate post 2007 with junior employees frustrated by static salaries and a lack of new projects.

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    Good culture

    Associate (Current Employee) Glasgow, Scotland

    ProsA firm with a clear strategy and good leadership; lots of opportunities to learn

    ConsPay is average for the amount of work one does

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

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    Worst company to work for

    Technology Associate (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsYou can only progress with this company if you are nasty or evil and liked by incompetent and ignorant management who couldn’t seem to do anything right.

    ConsCareer suicide. Nasty environment with bullying mentality. You are only good when you are young and healthy, Soon you reach 40, have a problem with your health or you decided to voice you concerns or else they will get rid of you within a few weeks or months. Employer's loyalty does not exist and you are treated like an animal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo to Hell this is where you belong

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience, great work environment with excellent people

    Analyst (Former Employee) Glasgow, Scotland

    ProsGreat culture, plenty of opportunities, a lot to have for professional development, enjoyable challenges

    Conshaven't noticed any except fear of downsizing

    Advice to Senior Managementplease be a little extra clear on downsizing policies otherwise you are doing a great job

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

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    Miserable place that I would not recommend to my worst enemy

    Director (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsI worked in Securites Operations and I can honestly say I cannot think of 1 pro - I had a miserable time there

    ConsFar too much focus on bell curve management and inexperienced managers who have never worked anywhere else trying to mange people using powerpoints from senior leaders.
    You have to be in the 'in crowd' or have a military background to progress.
    Compensation - you feel its bad when you are there, but that gets confirmed it when you leave for a 25% increase................

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace some of the 20 year Operational Directors who have no other industry experience, who are all scared to leave because of either share options or fear of the unknown - some of these individuals are clueless but manage their teams by creating a culture of fear - disagree with them and you get labelled a 'low performer' - this firm doesn't encourage free thinking.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery professional & knowledgeable people. Good environment to learn. Great processes given global team collaboration on projects.

    ConsLong working hours expects when dealing with US teams.
    In some cases the majority of your team is overseas based.

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    Awesome Company, Awesome People

    IT Associate (Former Employee) London, England

    Pros- Great place to work with a really friendly work culture
    - Remote working and life balance

    Cons- Hardly any, had a great 5 years there

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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