Morgan Stanley

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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated 21 November, 2014
Updated 21 November, 2014
1,770 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 114 reviews)

  • Since it's difficult to get into Morgan Stanley, you'll work with very smart people (in 92 reviews)


Cons
  • Very limited work/life balance, which they claimed was very important to them (in 106 reviews)

  • Long hours in the operation department when the market is bad (in 118 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Best Company to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Great Office Culture, company values

    Cons

    One need to find their work balance

  2.  

    Investment Banking

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Associate in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - IT Associate in Montreal, QC

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

    Pros

    Nice company to work in. Takes care of employees.

    Cons

    for someone new in the company, there is large learning curve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A good mix of new and old technology while learning the financial business

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Associate in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - IT Associate in Montreal, QC

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

    Pros

    -Work life balance is great, I can work from home as much as I want and the schedule is super flexible. I worked from across the country for multi-week and will work from abroad for a month soon.
    -My immediate manager are great and always fighting for their colleague
    -Good perks (RRSP matching, gym membership, etc...)
    -Excellent graduate program where you spend 4 months in NYC to learn more about technology with pretty much all-expense paid

    Cons

    -Even though my team use recent technology and that my direct managers are really great technologist, it is obvious that most other team spend most of their time supporting old software on old stack.
    -Difficult to get a raise since 2008 even though the company make more and more money
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary is pretty much what you would expect at the start but it would be easier to give raise and retain more people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    If you don't want a life work here as in Integrator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Integrator in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Integrator in Montreal, QC

    I worked at Morgan Stanley as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The contract rate was good but with the long hours it doesn't work out to be any better that at other companies with a sane work week.

    Cons

    No work-life balance and they don't really care. They expect you to work 7 days a week, 5 full time week days + partial on Sat and Sun so essentially you are tied to you job all the time. No desire to build tools to automate repetitive task to allow people to be more "productive".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider how they use people and treat them better

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to learn something difference but limited career opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Promote people who got skills and who finish the real work, not the people who is a boss boot licker

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    needs to be more competitive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - N/A in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - N/A in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    large company, access to lots of resources

    Cons

    policies are etched in stone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good if not interested in building a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC

    I worked at Morgan Stanley as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very interesting projects, great team. Very professional colleagues.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Financial Advisor

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Best Investment banking in financial industry

    Cons

    Didn't face any problems or have any wrong opinion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are already very smart

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good place to make some money and experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (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 ManagementAdvice

    the 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    One of the best company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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