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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated 19 September, 2014
Updated 19 September, 2014
1,651 Reviews
3.5
1,651 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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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 for 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
  2.  

    Good place to learn something difference but limited career opportunities

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

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time for 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    Good if not interested in building a career

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    Financial Advisor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time for more than a 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
  7.  

    good place to make some money and experience

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    • 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 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 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
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    Working in the dark

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - C++ Developer  in  Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - C++ Developer in Montreal, QC

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

    Pros

    Allows 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.

    Cons

    It 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not good for long-term employment and job security

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Salary 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 ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees please.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Consultant

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

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

    Pros

    Great workplace , possibility to work from home

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to change the way that project are handled

    Recommends

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