Morgan Stanley

The Vault Review


  • “Extremely intelligent and able coworkers”
  • “Still one of the top two most prestigious places to work on Wall Street”
  • “Great culture with emphasis on teamwork”


  • “Work/life imbalance”
  • “Deferred compensation”
  • “Unpredictable hours”

The Buzz

  • “The best bulge-bracket bank—just as solid of an environment to learn as Goldman, with much better culture and people”
  • “They are great, but you need to be in M&A to get the best experience”
  • “Made out like bandits on the Smith Barney deal; investment bank remains strong”
  • “Have lost their luster following the crash and are in search of an identity”

Survey Says

Vault Verdict:  Ranked No. 4 in Vault's Prestige Rankings and No. 6 in the Vault 50, Morgan Stanley is one of the most prestigious financial institutions in the world. As such, it can hire the best and brightest from top-tier schools across the country....

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