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 mergers and acquisitions, 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


Employer Type




10,001+ Employees


Featured Rankings

Vault Banking 25


Major Office Locations

New York, NY

Vault Verdict

One of the most prestigious financial institutions in the world, Morgan Stanley is ideally looking for intellectually-curious, driven, passionate, personable, adaptable, resourceful team players who are eager to learn. The firm’s internship program gives students hands-on experience, valuable training, and incredible access to senior professionals. Meanwhile, the firm’s full-time junior professionals get access to excellent formal and on-the-job training, managers and mentors who are willing to help and provide feedback, and an overall extremely collaborative work environment.

Although hours can be long and the pace intense, depending on which group you work in, the firm does place an emphasis on work/life balance. Time off is generous and respected, hybrid work ...

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

  • “It's a fun, collaborative environment. It can be intense at times and a lot of work, but everyone is collaborative and helpful, which makes it easier.”

  • “The firm has expanded its parental leave policy, and has become much more flexible on working from home, with the vast majority of people on a 3/2 schedule: three 3 days in the office, two days working from home.”

  • “This is a sell-side bank. It is clear that you will work hard when you are here and are expected to be at work regularly (as with any job). That being said, it is a job that I enjoy coming to work for. The people around me are a group I look forward to spending 12+ hours a day with. If life comes in the way and I need to take time for something important, my manager is understanding and flexible.”

  • “People do take vacations seriously. We all recognize we are here to work hard, but we also recognize that everyone needs balance, and people can extend their careers by finding real balance in their outside lives.”

  • “The firm is increasingly providing flexibility and adapting to employee’ needs. People here tend to be very understanding and accommodating to special circumstances. However, it is a performance-driven culture, and, therefore, there is an expectation that everyone has to pull their weight and deliver results.”

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 ideal candidate for any position is going to be willing to work in the trenches. If any candidate views themselves as ‘above’ a certain level of work, they will not be a good fit. We’re looking for real team players who can see the forest, the trees, the bark, the bugs, the dirt—all of it.”

  • “Morgan Stanley is looking for candidates who are passionate, driven, and self-starters. Ideally, the candidate will be very intellectually curious with a desire to be challenged and bring adaptability and resourcefulness to the table.”

  • “Ideally, you’re a strong learner and personable. There’s not as much focus on the hard skills, which can all be learned. You don't need a finance degree to work at this firm. As long as you're analytical, want to learn, and are hardworking, you're well positioned to join this firm.”

  • “Like at most firms, the analyst program candidates need to be well-rounded with a resume loaded with accomplishments, volunteer opportunities, and solid internships.”

Perks & Benefits

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