Morgan Stanley

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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated 1 February 2015
Updated 1 February 2015
1,922 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Ok experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Associate
    Current Employee - Operations Associate

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    lively environment
    relaxed
    happy to train you up on things although the training can be rushed and leave you needing further clarification

    Cons

    long long working hours which are not appreciated - no work life balance
    stressful volumes
    low salary compared to similar jobs with less hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Mature business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Higher management is very knowledgeable and approachable in the division i was in. The salary is above average and investments in people are made (training programs etc ...).

    Cons

    It is hard to teach old dogs new tricks especially when direct management is focusing on a way out. More over, not exploring new businesses tends to make existing businesses more territorial.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher management : keep fostering a strong identity and investing in people.
    Middle management : embrace change

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

    Morgan Stanley has a very strong market position in investment banking, which gives you substantial deal exposure. Opportunity to work with really intelligent people.
    Even though the work hours are long, the culture of the firm is very good.

    Cons

    As mentioned earlier very long working hours and frequent weekend work.
    The firm can be quite hierarchal, which can result in doing a lot of not so intelligent work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Smart People
    Steep learning curve
    Lots of responsibilities

    Cons

    No work-life balance
    No transparency
    No training

  6.  

    Fast paced, challenging with an open and helpful environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    friendly environment , a lot of opportunities within the firm although highly competitive

    Cons

    compensation is average in comparison to other major investment firms

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    i am happy about this job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    learn alot of new stuffs

    Cons

    not being able to promote

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should raise the salaries more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Has a good work culture. Work isn't extremely exciting. Rewards appropriately.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work Culture .
    Rewards .

    Cons

    Not a great infra for developers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Good ethical firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, good opportunities to move internally

    Cons

    Lack of movement at VP/ED level leads to lack of opportunity for middle management to progress, hence move internally or join a competitor for better title and salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it a prerequisite that all VP/ED rotate out of their role after 3 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    officer - tax department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    collegial workplace
    exposure to BU
    good work life balance

    Cons

    Salary: below peers
    Career development: hard for VP's and ED to get promoted

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Better than my previous experiences in banking

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent technology with a focus on constantly improving. Offers employees easy opportunities to train with different teams and move around within the organization

    Cons

    All problems with other large banking organizations still apply: stuffy culture, lack of transparency over the strategic goals of the business, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in technology and people!

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