Morgan Stanley at a Glance


  • “Great culture; fantastic and intelligent coworkers”
  • “Challenging work, top-tier clients, lots of development opportunities”
  • “Prestige and exit opportunities”


  • “Long hours and high pressure environment”
  • “Politics and slow moving decision processes”
  • “Working in Times Square stinks”

The Buzz

  • “Classic investment banking—top-tier bulge bracket firm”
  • “Still a cut above most but may be starting to slip”
  • “Strong tech investment banking presence”
  • “Second best”

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 first six months of 2016, the firm ranked No. 2 in worldwide announced M&A deal volume and No. 2 in U.S. announced M&A deal volume. For the same period, it ranked No. 1 in global IPO underwriting and No. 2 in global common stock underwriting. The bank is led by James Gorman, its chairman and CEO. It employs more than 55,000 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
  • 2016 Employees: 56,218

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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