Morgan Stanley
3.4 of 5 1,410 reviews
www.morganstanley.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.4 1,410 reviews

                             

77% Approve of the CEO

Morgan Stanley CEO James P. Gorman

James P. Gorman

(633 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Their work life balance policies allow you to work from home when you cannot get in"
    in 88 reviews
  • "There are lots of smart people there who you can learn a lot from"
    in 78 reviews
Cons:
  • "Very limited work/life balance, which they claimed was very important to them"
    in 81 reviews
  • "Long hours in the operation department when the market is bad"
    in 102 reviews
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Good if not interested in building a career

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Montreal, QC

I worked at Morgan Stanley as a contractor for more than a year

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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Financial Advisor

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

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

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

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Not good for long-term employment and job security

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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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One of the best company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time

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

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

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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Consultant (Current Employee)
Montreal, QC

I have been working at Morgan Stanley as a contractor for more than a year

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

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

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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Good company, competitive, not easy getting promoted in Montreal

Senior Software Developer (Current Employee)
Montreal, QC

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

Prosgood technology used in this company
good compensation comparing to other local companies
good people to work with
very structured in SDLC and tools used
good for getting started, you could learn a lot here

Conssome OT, but not always happens. Depending on the team you are in.
hard to get promoted in Montreal,maybe anywhere on this point
hard to get visibility in Montreal
something in command of financial industry, they layoff people every year, very little bonus than NY I guess

Advice to Senior ManagementConsider more about promotions on IT professional

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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lots of good projects, but also quite some disappointing positions

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Montreal, QC

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

Proslearn from smart guys, good colleagues.

Conssome teams can be focus on really old technologies.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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