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Morgan Stanley Reviews

Updated 25 January 2015
Updated 25 January 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.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Life at MS

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in Mumbai
    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in Mumbai

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    1) Full Business exposure
    2) End to end development of product
    3) High client interaction
    4) All round development
    5) Ownership
    6) Flat hierarchy
    7) Several fun activities

    Cons

    1) Only two development centre in India, Mumbai and Bangalore
    2) Sports facilities are not in abundance
    3) Only one cafeteria

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good Place to work for a long term prospective

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

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Good Place to work for a long term prospective

    Cons

    Shld focus more on movement between offices . Becomes monotonous after sometime

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    [Technology & Data] Great learning for freshers, very good pay, superb work culture but long work hours.

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

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

    Pros

    -Very good graduate technology analyst training program
    -Excellent overall exposure
    -Excellent work culture
    -Great pay
    -Good career growth for grads

    Cons

    -Low work-life balance
    -Somewhat non-agile and slow processes
    -Low on office extra-curricular facilities (sports/entertainment/gym)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider rotation between various departments for a well-rounded career path.
    Sports, activities, work-life balance can be significantly improved.
    Lateral moves into different functions/locations should be encouraged.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Fast paced and dynamic

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

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities to learn the business and the technology. Good internal mobility opportunities as well.

    Cons

    Too many management changes. Vision has been changing year over year. Need consistent plan and execution of the plan/vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have long term three year plans and tweak them annually based on performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work, good technical work and plenty of opportunities around!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Pros

    Usually the experience will depend from team to team. But in general, the work culture is very good. People are mostly approachable be it at any level and there is a good amount of communication between employees and senior management. Promotions are mostly based on good performance of you and your team overall. Compensation is again related to performance. Lots of opportunities to switch teams and learn new stuff.

    Cons

    The work hours may get long at times as the product is near its release. Sometimes the software deployment will take place over weekend requiring you to work. Work timings are dictated by region you team is working for - say US based team will have calls till late evening etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great working environment

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

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

    Pros

    Great work culture
    Good growth opportunities
    Good remuneration & bonus
    Great Work Life balance

    Cons

    Work tends to be repetitive at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It overall good

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

    I have been working at Morgan Stanley full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good company.....workin with MS was good experience

    Cons

    nothing...................... good environment and culture...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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