Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated 27 April 2015
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Pros
  • Their work life balance policies allow you to work from home when you cannot get in (in 117 reviews)

  • Since it's difficult to get into Morgan Stanley, you'll work with very smart people (in 93 reviews)

Cons
  • Very limited work/life balance, which they claimed was very important to them (in 109 reviews)

  • Long hours in the operation department when the market is bad (in 121 reviews)

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  1. Awesome

    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Great experience n learning n opportunity

    Cons

    Limited time in India plus less focused

    Advice to Management

    Review india plans

  2. I've had a very good experience working here

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    Current Employee - Technical Associate in Mumbai
    Current Employee - Technical Associate in Mumbai

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The culture,work life balance is good.

    Cons

    The pay and the work is okay

  3. Excellent place to work

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    Former Employee - Manager in Mumbai
    Former Employee - Manager in Mumbai

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional atmosphere, infrastructure and knowledgeable supervisors risen from within the ranks

    Cons

    None at the moment I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the standards which are already high

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  5. So far so good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Mumbai
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Mumbai

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture, work ethics, longevity, the firm has a global footprint and the connectivity is pretty good, excellent place to work

    Cons

    Very less stress on skill set training, only mode of training to New recruits is on the job. Which sometimes isn't enough.

    Advice to Management

    Look to source fitting talent, put more emphasis on employee engagement and develop a training program. Also, look to have an open top down communication.

  6. Good overall

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Good process and helpful managers.

    Cons

    Nothing as such I can think right now.

  7. High performance high reward talented colleague

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    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in Mumbai
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in Mumbai

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Talented colleagues to work with
    No derth of competition
    Democracy

    Cons

    No one cares if you don't work
    Low on rewards

    Advice to Management

    None for now

  8. Technology & Data Division: Good growth, Rewards based on performance, Flexible working hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Mumbai
    Former Employee - Manager in Mumbai

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Most teams in Technology and Data have flexible working hours and Work From Home policies. There are options for horizontal transfers across business units.
    A fresh graduate can aspire to become a Vice President within 5.5 years of joining the firm, at the earliest. The average is around 7 years.
    Exposure to a wide range of technologies.

    Cons

    The firm has a strong grad culture with around 50 engineering graduates being recruited every year. So lateral hires in technology can sometimes find it difficult to fit in. Their growth within the firm follows a slower pace compared to graduate hires.

    Visibility is very important. Hard work without the senior management noticing it, often results in little or no increments or bonus.

    Advice to Management

    More one-one sessions with associates would ensure more opportunities for visibility and feedback.

  9. good place to work for long term

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work culture And great technology stack

    Cons

    No work life balance and not many fun events

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President - IT in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Vice President - IT in Bangalore

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Good culture
    * Work life balance is respected
    * Access to sr. management and an open door policy
    * great people to work with
    * direction of company seems clear over the last couple of years.

    Cons

    * Competition for growth is tough , competence is not the only factor that affects growth .... location , team dynamics etc., play a very important role.
    * pay is not above competition .. its at par at best.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Beware of bureaucracy and follow Lord Krishna's advice and don't expect rewards ....

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Associate in Mumbai
    Former Employee - Associate in Mumbai

    I worked at Morgan Stanley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You really need to work hard to get where you want to. There are some smart and dynamic people you will meet along the way -- but man, don't expect them to reward you on time. The word, "on time" is key here. Promotions are important to retain talent and motivate employees. MS fails to understand that.
    Designations are important for any employee but you are always told by the senior management that "it is a multi year process to get to the next level".

    Pros:
    1. If you are good worker, you will be recognized (but NOT rewarded).
    2. Flexibility for long distance commuters to work from home as needed. In fact their WFH policy is very good
    3. Some of the managers are very caring. Be careful which team you get into
    4. A lot of the software development happens in house so depending upon the team and team size, you will get to learn a lot of good technologies (Flex, Sencha, Big data tools etc.)

    Cons

    Cons:
    1. In my experience, the Senior management is very partial towards the US and UK employees when they award promotion and rewards. Indian center is seen more as a BPO center.
    2. Managers only want to grow the team brlow them. Some of your peers will not even have half the experience as you do in same designation as you but perform one level lower
    3. You are recognized by the number of people who report to you. Senior management should focus on not just hiring, but hiring good talent.
    4. Projects should be tracked by managers as well as the upper management. Managers should own up for their team. Finger pointing is not the best way to tackle your subordinates.
    5. Senior managements regards proximity as the only barometer for measuring performance.
    6. Long working hours for India teams while US teams leave at 5 pm EST.
    7. They don't recognize your value till you put down your papers. Exit interview by HR is a joke.
    8. Rewards come to those who either don't work OR are not smart enough but lucky OR are intelligent enough to work AND have an obsequious eagerness to please the upper management

    Advice to Management

    1. Remove the paper pushers out. That is the only way you will retain good talent.
    2. Recognize and reward the India teams "on time". You will lose out on good talent, otherwise.
    3. Bad managers need to go. People don't leave the firm, they leave bad managers.
    4. Recognize the value of talent from BRICS nations and how India is contributing to the global economy before making a pro-US call. Recognize work life balance not just for US and UK employees but also the Asia counterparts. After all, this is a global firm, aint it?
    5. Find the right talent for a job not just fill vacant seats in your new location. You need to grow the team alrite, but with the right talent and the right attitude

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