Morgan Stanley Employee Reviews about "senior management"

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  • "Good Work-life balance and good mobility(in 625 reviews)

  • "Diverse work culture with positive work environment(in 490 reviews)

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  • "long working hours but manageable(in 249 reviews)

  • "Not much exposure to senior management(in 132 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Senior Manager

      Nov 29, 2019 - Senior Manager in Mumbai
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      Pros

      Ownership culture Cutting edge technology implementations are encouraged Inclusive culture Access to senior management

      Cons

      US based business requires you to be flexible with work timings

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great Company to work with

      Jan 22, 2021 - Manager in Bangalore
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      Pros

      Great work culture, senior management is helpful

      Cons

      There are no cons here

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    3. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Company has changed for worst in over the past 5 years

      Sep 22, 2019 - Associate - Global Title (Senior Manager - Local Title Only In India in Bangalore
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      Pros

      If you are with the right manager and in the right project, you have a good chance to grow in your career.

      Cons

      1. Few managers doesn't care at all for the growth of their employees and senior management is doing nothing about it. 2. Since there is high attrition rate of FTEs, consultants who are not competent are also being converted to FTEs and this is bringing down the standard of Morgan Stanley talent pool. 3. The New York counterparts doesn't make any adjustment to have an overlap with its Asia counterparts. Very few of them does that. 4. The culture and values for which the company stood for is now being diluted. 5. VPs and above are called Officers and they get preference for everything within the company. 6. Grads (that's how they are referred in Morgan Stanley) are the campus recruits. They are given preference over lateral hires. They are promoted to the next levels even if they are an average performer. Just be a Grad in Morgan Stanley and you will be taken care. No respect for lateral hires who brings in so much industry experience. The Grads live in their own bubble without any exposure of how the industry works outisde and they are the ones who gets promoted over laterals. In 6-8 years, all Grads who are an average performer will be become VP. That's a trend.

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Average work place

      Mar 14, 2020 - Associate in Bangalore
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      Pros

      Senior management takes feedback and works on them. Working hours is good, they encourage employees to leave on time.

      Cons

      Very biased towards grad hires and they have too much open politics. Compensation is very bad, you get good only in the first year of your tenure. Most of the times, senior management takes decisions that are not in favor of the employees.

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    5. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Supportive Management

      Mar 5, 2019 - Associate in Bangalore
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      Pros

      Really supportive senior management. Great opportunities for employees in all departments.

      Cons

      Timings can be long, sometimes you might have to work till very late night.

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good place for finance domain professionals

      Nov 21, 2015 - Vice President in Bangalore
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      Pros

      - Fast growing wealth management business - Good exposure to business heads, which helps in understanding the domain better - Great compensation - Technology platform is pretty up to date (only compared to other banks, investment banks) - Generally smart and helpful people around. Great culture. Senior management will actually listen to you and try to address concerns, which are within their power to resolve

      Cons

      - Proprietary IT systems. A lot of systems that you work on here will have no value outside the company - Low quality tech work. Many projects task oriented grunt work to keep the wheels rolling. There are some exception in Enterprise Infrastructure teams, but few people work for those - Processes and controls make life of a software engineer miserable. You will be swimming in red tape, approval requests, chasing deployment tickets instead of doing productive work - Long hours. Daily late night calls with NY. Still you would probably have the weekends to yourself (unless there are deployments)

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

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

      Jan 15, 2015 - Manager in Mumbai
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      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.

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

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

      Dec 7, 2014 - Manager in Mumbai
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      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.

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    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Ignorant Management and Unsecurity

      Mar 16, 2016 -  in Mumbai
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      Pros

      Good payers, good culture and comprehensive trainings.

      Cons

      Careless attitude of Senior Management towards the grassroot employees They lay off people without even notice or enquiring about the person, just by word of mouth from seniors. Total politics, performance of a person is not at all considered. No work life balance. I see this organisation not long lasting Layoffs is a common thing here

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

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

      Jan 13, 2015 - Associate in Mumbai
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      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

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