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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated 25 November 2014
Updated 25 November 2014
1,780 Reviews
3.5
1,780 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.  

    MS Tech Intern

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    Former Employee - Tech Intern in London, England
    Former Employee - Tech Intern in London, England

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting work and friendly culture

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a lot of bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Operations Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst

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

    Pros

    -People and culture
    -Relaxed hours ( due to not nigh work... Pros and Cons)

    Cons

    -very unchallenging work
    -bureaucratic , couldn't move across dept. even when the manager wanted me to move to his team in a more front office role.
    -low pay
    -not given enough work even when actively made this an issue
    -Career progression not clear within Ops and looks like it will stagnate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -challenge employees more
    - don't hire people when your headcount is already high enough
    - use resources (people) better when you have headcount in some areas and other areas not enough

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company if you don't want a career change

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunitites for mobility within your division

    Cons

    No support if you want a career change

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to learn

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn finance skills

    Cons

    loooooong hours, unflexible hours, lack of feedback

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good working hours
    collegiate atmostphere
    well compensated

    Cons

    demanding work and steep learning curve

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Nice people

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    Former Employee - Intern in London, England
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England

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

    Pros

    I had a very steep learning curve

    Cons

    The hours are long. Early morning

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Senior Executive

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    Former Employee - Executive Director
    Former Employee - Executive Director

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Tradition of hiring very smart people that have a 'can do' work ethos. Not an aggressive place to work and generally a pleasant place to work!

    Cons

    - Long Hours/Lack of work life balance
    - Many of the senior female executives have left
    - Career prospects can be limited especially at the senior level
    - Flat compensation for many years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the cons listed above

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Management gets in the way of some good tech staff

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    In some areas, smart collaborative people with good engineering values, which gives a great environment for learning, professional self-improvement and productivity. Canteen is great. Salary was pretty good for a grad.

    Cons

    Lots of reorganisation, apparently constantly. In some areas some of the programmers not up to scratch. Rounds of redundancies don't necessarily remove the weakest staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick an organisational strategy and stick to it, don't keep changing things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lots of change and unfortunately, not for the better

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    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

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

    Pros

    Strength of brand in the market place
    Very high calibre of skilled, experienced and talented individuals
    Genuinely nice people who care about what they do
    Good work-life balance depending on your role
    Excellent in-house training opportunities

    Cons

    Too many layers of management
    Increasingly political
    Very draconian with excessive micro-management
    Best practices/recommendations easily overridden to meet individual/political agendas
    Poor management communication
    Lots of attrition and good people leaving, often for wrong reasons
    Standard "Who you know" vs. "What you do" culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't keep building empires. Build strong, requirement driven teams
    Don't feel the need to know everything, even when you don't. Empower your employees and trust their judgement.
    Speed is not always Doing the Right Thing. Sometimes, the right thing takes time.
    Corporate values should be applied across the board without compromise

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Good experience, but overworked and underpaid.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland

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

    Pros

    Will gain a lot of experience in working to tight deadlines, and meeting targets which are hourly, not daily. Alot of intelligent people working there who are capable of doing a lot better. As previously said looks good on the C.V. As a permanent worker the company offer a good package and many have the opportunity to work across the world in places such as Zurich and Hong Kong after reaching management level.

    Cons

    Reliance upon temporary workers in key areas will ultimately lead to poor performance for the firm down the road. In my area of work, massive temp worker turnover, and many are demotivated doing mind numbing tasks which leads to them wanting out at any costs. Can be a feeling of animosity towards the temp workers from the permanent staff, although that is expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keeping workers on lengthy temporary contracts is a dangerous strategy for the long term, and the workers are likely pushing to get out and find a permanent job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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