Morgan Stanley at a Glance


  • “Working with smart, motivated people”
  • “Fantastic culture—collaborative, professional, and friendly”
  • “World-class global institution; you’ll work on complex, interesting, large transactions”


  • “Compensation”
  • “Tough hours”
  • “Dealing with inefficiencies and bureaucracies of a large organization”

The Buzz

  • “A top name and strong M&A competitor”
  • “Lost a lot of its former glory in the downturn and hasn’t been competitive in its compensation”
  • “Attracts great talent—people are smart and hardworking”
  • “Rich history but recent troubles—a lot of negative press”

About Morgan Stanley

The firm that Henry and Harold built

New York-headquartered investment banking giant Morgan Stanley is divided into three main businesses: institutional securities, which includes M&A advisory, restructuring, real estate, project finance, capital raising, equity and fixed income sales and trading, and corporate lending; asset management, which includes institutional investment products and mutual funds across a range of fixed income, equity, and alternative investments; and global wealth management, which 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 bank's history can be traced back to 1854, when Junius S. Morgan, an American banker from Massachusetts, began working in London for a British banker named George Peabody. Morgan's son, J. Pierpont Morgan, learned the banking business at his father's side, but eventually returned to America to found the firm that would become J.P. Morgan & Company. In 1935, J. Pierpont's grandson Henry Morgan and fellow J.P. Morgan partner Harold Stanley left the firm to start their own company: Morgan Stanley. Today, more than 75 years later, Morgan Stanley is known as one of the leading investment banks in the world. It regularly works on the most high profile deals on Wall Street, and has one of the top financial advisor sales forces on the planet (its retail advisors operate under the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney name). The bank is led by James Gorman, its CEO, and John Mack, its chairman.  It employs more than 59,000 people worldwide.

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
  • 2012 Employees: 59,569

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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