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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated Jul 26, 2014
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3.4 1,551 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

Morgan Stanley CEO James P. Gorman

James P. Gorman

(721 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Good if not interested in building a career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Montreal, QC

    ProsVery interesting projects, great team. Very professional colleagues.

    ConsIf not working in New. York or London, forget about building a career.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to learn something difference but limited career opportunities

    Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsA large firm where you learn interesting stuff not found in small firm. The firm is no longer a traditional investment bank.

    ConsI have worked here for a bit over 3 years and completed a few well-known "chartered F/P xxx" programs but there was only 2% raise of base and no promotions. I am moving out of this firm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote people who got skills and who finish the real work, not the people who is a boss boot licker

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    needs to be more competitive

    N/A (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    Proslarge company, access to lots of resources

    Conspolicies are etched in stone

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to be more competitive in the cities that offices are in, i.e., similar positions in this city offer incentives such as good quarterly bonuses.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Financial Advisor

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBest Investment banking in financial industry

    ConsDidn't face any problems or have any wrong opinion

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey are already very smart

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good place to make some money and experience

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Montreal, QC

    Pros- great it teams
    - good and great challenges
    - some nice developers to work and share the ideas with
    - good medical compensation and good , competitive salaries for the new employee
    - overall good place
    - work from home

    Cons- too much management decision starting from ED level and above.
    - when the time of compensation comes, all the reviews during the year and projects that you work do not reflect the reality on the compensation.
    - if you find some interesting project in the company you would like to work on, you cannot because you are not on certain positions (e.g. VP) so you cannot apply even if you are entitled to work there

    Advice to Senior Managementthe management should listen to the low level ppl without having the air of superior because it is proven that they survive because of ppl from the lower position

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    One of the best company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTheir work life balance policies allow you to work from home when you cannot get in

    ConsDepending on your role, work/life balance may be heavily skewed toward work

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    Working in the dark

    C++ Developer (Current Employee) Montreal, QC

    ProsAllows use of open source, people are generally nice, lot of smart people here, some really tight code here. You are bound to learn something here.

    ConsIt is sink or swim here. Typical financial industry culture of people not (wanting to) be of much help, people are too busy to help and mostly about covering their own backside. Not much opportunity(read time) to learn anything here, usually will get stuck with busy work. Nothing documented, no formal training, kind of figure it out yourself mantra from management. Most of the people here complain of the same thing, they don't know what they are doing. It feels like you're working in the dark, simple tasks take much longer and are painful to get done. You will keep asking yourself, do I still want to show up to work here? Montreal is run-down, pot-hole, cracked sidewalks, high taxes, high gas, rent can be high, stores close early 5pm - 6pm even on weekend!

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your resource before they takecare of themselve and look elsewhere to be more productive.

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    Not good for long-term employment and job security

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood place to start your career to get the name on your resume.
    Great development environment.
    work from home.

    ConsSalary increases are difficult to get. Don't even at the very least match inflation. Bonuses are difficult to get, depends on how good you can network. If you don't have a good brown nose your salary will stay the same year over year and suffer. heavy workload with no overtime pay. Promotions are even more difficult doesn't depend on your experience but 'who' you know and who knows you.
    Too much red tape, simple tasks take very long to do.
    Lots of finger pointing.
    Difficult to bring in new technologies.
    Full of legacy stuff.
    Yearly layoffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees please.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Consultant

    Consultant (Current Employee) Montreal, QC

    ProsGreat workplace , possibility to work from home

    ConsWorking on small teams , Need to be available , heavy work load

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to change the way that project are handled

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Too much bureaucracy

    IT Associate (Current Employee) Montreal, QC

    ProsSome really smart people work here

    ConsToo much red tape to deal with

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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