Overview

Introduction

Morgan Stanley is one of the most highly respected financial institutions in the world. Its name on your resume will open doors throughout your career. Morgan Stanley is a global leader in M&A, IPO underwriting, investment management, and wealth management. It's also passionate about philanthropic efforts, especially when it comes to assisting children and those in dire financial need. Recently, the firm made great strides when it comes to creating a more diverse workforce.

Company Stats


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Employer Type

Public

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Size

10,001+ Employees

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Featured Rankings

Vault Banking 25


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Major Office Locations

Beijing, China


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CEO

James P. Gorman

Firsthand Findings

One of the most prestigious financial institutions in the world, Morgan Stanley is looking for smart, driven, thoughtful, analytical, hardworking, intellectually curious individuals who have strong quantitative and interpersonal skills. For students, the firm runs a valuable internship program, offering interns excellent training, incredible exposure to the firm’s senior leaders, and many networking opportunities. Meanwhile, full-time junior bankers have access to extensive learning and growth opportunities, including quality training sessions, mentorship programs, and senior leaders who are invested in the development of their teams. On the downside, some insiders say the promotion process could be more transparent.

Although hours can be long and demanding, depe...

About the Company

New York-headquartered investment banking giant Morgan Stanley is divided into three main businesses: institutional securities, investment 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. Investment 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 history can be traced to 1935, when J.P. Morgan & Co. partners Henry S. Morgan (grandson of J.P. Morgan) and Haro...

Employee Reviews


  • “Morgan Stanley has been incredibly flexible during the pandemic, understanding that many employees have children being homeschooled or new caregiver responsibilities. I’ve always been given the freedom to arrange my schedule in a way that allows for me to help my children and take them to necessary doctor/school appointments without fear of reprisal. It’s one of the best aspects of the firm.”
  • “Especially since Covid, but even before, the firm has offered a decent amount of flexibility with respect to work hours, vacation/time away, and supporting employees in general. They’re very understanding of personal commitments. It’s a tremendous place to work. But people will contact me at all hours of the day, including weekends, nights, and early mornings if they need something.”
  • “With the WFH virtual transition, I think it will be more acceptable for employees to WFH and have a more flexible schedule. Previously, ‘office time’ was highly valued, but I think this virtual environment has shown that we can all be productive when not in the office, too. But there’s a limited structure on coverage when you’re out of the office (unless it’s maternity leave or a mandatory two-weeker, which not all employees have).”
  • “Morgan Stanley is extremely conscious of work/life balance. They have many ways to help achieve this and are always willing to address concerns. I believe this is one of the firm’s greatest strengths as an employer of choice.”

Why Work Here


At Morgan Stanley, a corporate culture in which everyone feels they belong is fundamental to our role as a global leader, constantly striving for excellence in all that we do.

You are encouraged to use your creativity to tackle complex problems: If you are someone who enjoys stretching yourself professionally, who is excited to take on new and complex challenges every day, you’ll find a way to build a gratifying career at Morgan Stanley.

You’ll find opportunities to innovate every day, including as a technologist (that’s right—a technologist): Working in technology at a financial services firm offers many of the same exciting opportunities for innovation that big tech companies and startups do, while delivering the sort of variety, mobility, autonomy and resources other companies can’t.

You’ll have the chance to work at a company where diversity is highly-valued: Our employees represent a wealth of different backgrounds and bring their unique perspectives, ideas and experiences to whatever role they take on, helping cultivate a workplace that is resilient, results-driven and effective.

You’ll be encouraged to give back to your community: Morgan Stanley employees create meaningful, lasting social impact, whether they are working at food banks during our Global Volunteer Month every June or offering expertise as part of our annual pro bono initiative.

Getting Hired Here


  • “The firm looks for people who are thoughtful and have integrity. Being aligned with the company culture is very important. Being flexible and polished and being able to communicate effectively and with conviction is also equally important. To make it to the phone screen, you have to be qualified and have experience; the rest of the in-person interviews are driven by interpersonal skills and how you present yourself. Emphasizing what differentiates you from others in the market also helps. Once coming to the end of the process, the level of approvals required internally make the process take a while.”
  • “The process was comprehensive, and I think they highly value people who seem committed and dedicated. Finance experience is certainly important, but a candidate without finance experience can still succeed if they show enough initiative and knowledge on the subject.”
  • “The firm’s box continues to grow in terms of the ideal candidate. The ideal candidate needs to be hungry, smart, and have a certain level of EQ, but now also being diverse is extremely beneficial. The more diversity we have overall, the more successful our company will be.”
  • “The firm is looking for intellectually curious, analytical, driven, hardworking, dedicated individuals who have strong quantitative and interpersonal skills.”

Perks & Benefits