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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated 17 September 2014
Updated 17 September 2014
1,651 Reviews
3.5
1,651 Reviews
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Morgan Stanley CEO James P. Gorman
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great, engineering oriented place with focus on doing the right thing

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    Former Employee - Vice President, Technology  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Vice President, Technology in London, England

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Quality people: Hiring is rigorous and results in a challenging work environment
    - Work Culture: Excellent work culture with focus on work-life balance and a consensus driven approach
    - Technology: Long tradition of well engineered technology

    Cons

    Very few - A stronger focus on delivery would help create faster time to market.

    Overall, I would highly recommend Morgan Stanley to potential employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Placement Year

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    Former Employee - Prime Brokerage  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Prime Brokerage in London, England

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

    Pros

    Friendly workplace, interesting projects, insight into full-time employment, training

    Cons

    May not get placed in the team you want

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    good corporate culture, but felt like small COG in large machine

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    Former Employee - Vice President, Technology  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Vice President, Technology in London, England

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time for more than 8 years

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Highly disappointing "graduate programme"

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    Former Employee - Operations Analyst  in  Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland

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

    Pros

    The best thing about my experience at Morgan Stanley was gaining the brand on my CV.

    Cons

    The work is not challenging and the company still suffers from the age-old problem with investment banking - having to show "face time", that is, put in long hours even though there is no work to do, simply so that senior management see you in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attempting to fix the office culture by buying pizza at lunchtimes will not help. To raise morale you need to pay your staff more and recognise that a great deal of the work is not challenging, and this is why many are frustrated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Worst company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    Career 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 ManagementAdvice

    Go to Hell this is where you belong

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Worst out of US banks but better than European banks

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Vice President in London, England

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after women

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Morgan Stanley

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Director in Glasgow, Scotland

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Fast-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 ManagementAdvice

    Allow building in more redundancy so everything is not run on the knife edge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good collaborative culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  10.  

    Good culture

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Associate in Glasgow, Scotland

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Pay is average for the amount of work one does

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience, great work environment with excellent people

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    haven't noticed any except fear of downsizing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please be a little extra clear on downsizing policies otherwise you are doing a great job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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