Morgan Stanley at a Glance


  • “The smart, genuine people and culture of collaboration and teamwork”
  • “Very prestigious firm with great clients”
  • “Interesting, challenging, impactful work”


  • “Long hours”
  • “Compensation”
  • “Politics”

The Buzz

  • “Elite bulge bracket—on par with Goldman”
  • “Focus shifting away from investment banking”
  • “Consistent leader in the league tables with a long track record”
  • “Very strong, but going through an identity crisis”

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 (its retail advisors operate under the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney name). 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 2015, 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. 4 in U.S. IPO underwriting. The bank is led by James Gorman, its chairman and CEO. It employs nearly 56,000 employees globally.

Morgan Stanley

1585 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 761-4000
Fax: (212) 762-0575
Vault ID: 312


  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: MS
  • Stock Exchange: NYSE
  • CEO: James P. Gorman
  • 2015 Employees: 55,800

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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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