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3.8 of 5 stars (859 Ratings)

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A great, team-oriented investment banking division

5.0 of 5 stars

April 2015 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

The people you work with in the pit as an analyst are brilliant and motivate you to do better. Great team spirit. Exit opportunities are great after the analyst gig and salaries and bonuses are also very good.

Downers

The long hours and late nights, personal relationships with friends and family can suffer. 80 to 100 hour weeks are common.

Comments

To succeed at Morgan Stanley you need to be a highly-motivated individual willing to work very hard. You need to be driven for excellence in each and every piece of work that you do. However, despite the long hours, the people you work with and the friendships you form will prove to be a rewarding experience.

Summer Intern Review

4.0 of 5 stars

February 2015 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Excellent training program, accessible management, good company morale, intelligent people who are team oriented.

Downers

Some front-office teams particularly cliquey, lateral movement viewed negatively, HR not eager to perform its role.

Comments

Good place to begin a career and learn. Do not expect much consideration for lateral movement.

Best Place to Be an Associate

5.0 of 5 stars

February 2015 | CURRENT EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Pool system for new associates is best post-mba experience on wall street. Really smart co-works who you learn a lot from and do good work with. Compared to other banks best culture on the street.

Downers

Same as any bank in that hours can be long when working on a big deal

Comments

Recruit out of top schools (but don't exclusively recruit out of a few schools) and look for people with strong accomplishments and backgrounds.

To be successful at MS you have to work very well with people and be analytical and hard working

Midlevel in Equity Research

5.0 of 5 stars

New York, NY | 2014 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Smartest people on the street.

Downers

Too many good exit opportunities means high attrition.

Comments

Culture is great, but workload will be team dependent.

Entry-level in Sales & Trading

4.8 of 5 stars

New York, NY | 2014 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

challenging, rewarding, prestigious

Comments

Morgan Stanley is, along with Goldman Sachs, the premier investment bank in the world. If you want to work in finance in any capacity, one of these two investment banks is by far the best place to begin your career. The training offered to new hires is unparalleled, and the opportunities for advancement, both inside and outside the firm, are extensive.

Entry-level in Operations (i.e. HR, Internal Accounting, Marketing, etc.)

4.8 of 5 stars

Other | 2014 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

The people, culture, training opportunities, commitment to my overall career development and well-being.

Downers

Location

Comments

Morgan Stanley is truly committed to your overall personal and career development. The working environment here is exceptional, and the people are what makes MS an amaizng place to work. The culture is team-oriented and everyone is always willing to help each other and listen to your opinion. I have had a wonderful experience with management as well. All of my managers have been understanding and promoted work-life balance and constantly challenge me to be better and excel in my role.

Midlevel in Mergers & Acquisitions

4.8 of 5 stars

New York, NY | 2014 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Exposure to high profile transactions, ability to take on subtstantial responsibility early in one's career, unique and inclusive culture

Downers

Location near Times Square

Entry-level in Sales & Trading

4.9 of 5 stars

New York, NY | 2014 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Great People, Excellent Firm Culture, Strong Career Opportunities, Great Internal Mobility

Downers

Long Hours

Comments

Morgan Stanley has a destinctive culture on Wall Street and if that fits your values, you will find it to be an excellent place to work.

Experienced in Portfolio Management

4.8 of 5 stars

New York, NY | 2014 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

People/Culture

Entry-level in Mergers & Acquisitions

5.0 of 5 stars

New York, NY | 2014 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Big deals, smart people, great culture

Downers

Diversity, compensation, at times rests on laurels and does not innovate

Comments

Work hard

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