Morgan Stanley

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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated 1 March 2015
Updated 1 March 2015
1,980 Reviews
3.6
1,980 Reviews
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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.  

    Great place to start an IB career

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

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

    Pros

    Meritocracy, great learning experience, smart people

    Cons

    Long hours, exposed to cycle like any investment bank

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Lovely workplace and team is great!

    Cons

    Long hours...Very competitive but supportive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absolutely wonderful Organisation with Great People, Very Collegial environment and Great Technology

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    Current Contractor - Associate, Risk Management
    Current Contractor - Associate, Risk Management

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

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance, Flexi-Working, Compassionate Leaders, Great Traning Resources

    Cons

    Average Compensation....if it improves staff atrition will reduce significantly as this is the ONLY low!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to get feel the pulse of the low rungs of the ladder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place for a short time

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

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    great people who were always , helpful and well informed . lots of opportunity to move positions within your sign on location. Hr was really great .

    Cons

    work life ballance was pretty awful . high burn out rate. lot of overtime . some managers were really asking far to much in terms of extra hours . this did vary team to team .. byt in general expect a 45 - hr week

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Low Morale, high bureaucracy, a lot of internal politics as people try to grab a smaller pie.

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

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Good reputation, great system for self learning. Still a lot of very smart people.

    Cons

    Not much loyalty or culture as turnover has been very high in the last years. Pay is bad and too much politics to focus on your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe management's priorities are not for employee's happiness at the moment but shareholder's appraise. On that front management has been doing a fair job on downsizing the fixed income division.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great technology infrastructure, smart people, not too close to the 'business'

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    Current Employee - C++ Developer in London, England
    Current Employee - C++ Developer in London, England

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

    Pros

    - MS has got a great and consistent technology infrastructure. As an example it is very common that a new joiner gets access to all systems and is able to be productive on the first day
    - It varies from team to team but there are many smart people, including managers. The grad programme is very good. I haven't done it myself but I've worked with many grads and it's generally a very good experience.

    Cons

    - In my team I didn't have much exposure to the 'business' - we didn't sit with the traders, we had separate social events and I really could feel like I was an inferior employee, physically separated from the 'important' guys

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Generally a good place to work but don't expect pay increases.

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    Current Employee - IT Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - IT Associate in London, England

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Talented people and a good environment with a relatively flat management structure.

    Cons

    Employee compensation has been bad for the last 3-4 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Ok experience

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    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
  10.  

    Mature business

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    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
  11.  

    Great Experience

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    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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