Morgan Stanley at a Glance


  • “Working in a supportive, collaborative environment with impressive, intelligent, respectful people”
  • “Working on interesting, challenging, industry-leading transactions”
  • “Continuous learning opportunities”


  • “Hours can be long and difficult”
  • “Bureaucracy; hierarchical structure”
  • “Pay could be better”

The Buzz

  • “Elite bulge bracket—strong player”
  • “Appears to have fixed its problems”
  • “Goldman’s top competitor”
  • “Not as well rounded of an investment bank as some of its peers”

About Morgan Stanley

New York-headquartered investment banking giant Morgan Stanley is divided into three main businesses: institutional securities, asset management, and wealth management. Institutional securities includes M&A advisory, restructuring, real estate, project finance, capital raising, equity and fixed income sales and trading, and corporate lending. Asset management includes institutional investment products and mutual funds across a range of fixed income, equity, and alternative investments. Wealth management provides financial planning and wealth management services, annuities and insurance, and brokerage and investment advisory services that cover a wide range of investment alternatives. 

The firm's modern history can be traced to 1935, when J.P. Morgan & Co. partners Henry S. Morgan (grandson of J.P. Morgan) and Harold Stanley left the firm to start their own company: Morgan Stanley. Today, 80 years later, Morgan Stanley is known as one of the leading investment banks in the world. It has one of the top financial advisor sales forces on the planet. And it regularly works on the most high-profile deals on Wall Street. 

Underscoring Morgan Stanley's consistent placing atop the most important league tables, for the year 2016, the firm ranked No. 2 in worldwide announced M&A deal volume, No. 2 in U.S. announced M&A deal volume, No. 2 in global equity and equity-related underwriting, and No. 2 in global IPO underwriting. The bank is led by James Gorman, its chairman and CEO. It employs more than 56,000 employees globally.

Morgan Stanley

1585 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 761-4000
Fax: (212) 762-0575


  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: MS
  • Stock Exchange: NYSE
  • CEO: James P. Gorman
  • 2017 Employees: 56,187

Major Office Locations

  • Beijing, China
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Menlo Park, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Boston, MA
  • New York, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Houston, TX
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Paris, France
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Mumbai, India
  • Tokyo, Japan
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