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Updated 6 May 2021

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great company"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Meritocracy with amazing colleagues and roles

    Cons

    Very large so avoid getting silo'd

  2. "good"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England, England

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

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    Cons

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  3. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Compliance Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A dynamic environment with lots of opportunities to develop. A collaborative environment with some of the best leadership in the business.

    Cons

    There is quite a rigid nature of promotions in the Legal & Compliance department that I felt was not ideal, particular at more junior levels. There is a formal annual process, combined with a lot of levels; Analyst, Associate, Manager, Director, VP, ED & MD. Promotions are great and should be celebrated, but career progression in the form of going for a title change every year or two years isn't what most people want, and often at the junior levels the change in title doesn't meaningfully reflect a change in role.

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  4. "Operations Associate Glasgow"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Glasgow, Scotland, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Definitely challenging, there will be plenty of opportunities to get stories for interviews and achievements to put on the CV. They are big on technical knowledge and implementing lean methodology, so if you are in to that kind of thing you'd enjoy it. The level of professionalism amongst senior management is generally quite good, and people are quite approachable across the board. The money and benefits are good on paper. The bonuses and wage rises can be good too.

    Cons

    The hours are horrendous, no two ways about it, you'll be in before 830 and out later than 6 most days. 11-12 hour days are far from unheard of. This means the money you are actually earning pro rata isn't as impressive as it might seem. The expectations and work load are much, much higher than at places like Barclays or BNP, but the money doesn't reflect that. It is totally impossible to ever be fully successful. Hard work is rewarded with more hard work, but some are allowed to coast as if you are mediocre you get given less to do. Promotions are totally political, and MS have policy of allowing you to do the work of a higher grade with no guarantee of actual promotion; I've seen cases where this has gone on for 3 years. Operations can be an extremely dry subject, so you can find that on days you aren't stressed you are in fact just bored.

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  5. "Morgan Stanely GCM Analyst"

    4.0
    Former Employee - GCM Analyst in London, England, England

    I worked at Morgan Stanley part-time

    Pros

    great platform with great deal exposures, experienced seniors

    Cons

    long hours and high pressure

  6. "Good but could be better"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Vice President in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues. Surely a good place to start to work to get some experience. Good benefits. Good training.

    Cons

    IT is relative good for financial services but very mediocre compared to other industries. The Data professionals are underpaid as if the Company doesn't fully understand the value of Data in the XXI century. Yes, they do buy software / invest but they do not properly valorise people. Too much outsourcing. Management is bankers oriented not Data oriented. Careers and opportunities in London have frozen (at the end it is an American Firm). EoY bonuses always disappointing for one reason or the other. Business travel almost non existent.

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  7. "Good but not great - depends on your team culture"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Operations Associate in Glasgow, Scotland, Scotland

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

    Pros

    Pros is the high calibre of the colleagues you can engage with when you get a chance e.g. technology, Charity focused, The place to be if you want to expand your network, Good initiatives for interns/high-school apprentices

    Cons

    The team culture is the deciding factor, New management promotions trying to show off the senior managers they deserve the rank and cause bad team dynamics and decisions, Mirco-managing, Lond work hours and often on weekends, No open-mindness or time to work on process improvement because of workload, Mental health still an issue for those under VP level on work priorities - staff turnover is bad in some teams,

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  8. "Good pay and management"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Pay was good - Management were approachable - Facilities and technology were first-class

    Cons

    - Difficult to chart advancement/promotion - Direction somewhat lacking - Flexible working not explained to newcomers

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  9. "Trading"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England, England

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

    Pros

    Good team work within the team, and good people

    Cons

    Too much turnover of staff

  10. "Good company to work for"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland, Scotland

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

    Pros

    good pay and benefits scheme

    Cons

    Sometimes the workload can be heavy

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