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At a Glance


“The culture: cohesive, collegial, relaxed”

“Coworkers are intelligent, highly motivated, proactive, and friendly”

“Prestige of the firm”


“Hours and stress”

“Compensation not in line with market”

“Lack of transparency on key issues”

The Buzz

“Strong brand, strong in M&A”

“Not quite as prestigious as they used to be”

“Seems to avoid the flack that Goldman creates while making almost as much money”

“Has benefited from relationship with Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi”

About Morgan Stanley (Europe)

The firm that Henry and Harold built

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. For the first six months of 2014, the firm ranked No. 2 in worldwide announced M&A deal volume and No. 3 in global IPO underwriting.

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, more than 75 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. 

In Europe, Morgan Stanley has major offices in Amsterdam, Athens, Budapest, Frankfurt, Geneva, Glasgow, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Stockholm, and Zurich. The bank is led by James Gorman, its chairman and CEO. It employs nearly 56,000 employees globally.

Morgan Stanley (Europe)

25 Cabot Square
Canary Wharf
London E14 4QA
Phone: +44 20 7425 8000

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Public
Stock Symbol: MS
Stock Exchange: NYSE
CEO: James P. Gorman
2014 Employees (All Locations): 55,794