Morgan Stanley is a great place to work. It is energetic and a fulfilling place of employment. You get the opportunity to learn about different cultures, backgrounds and to speak with people all around the world.
Morgan Stanley is a nice place for financial professions to work. Everyone there in the sales and trading team is smart and hardworking. The culture is less aggressive than Goldman but maintains a high level of energy. Competitive compensation package with good career advancement. The work life balance may not be as ideal though.
Always clients first, strong trustable relationship between corporation and its clients. Efficiency is key. Highly motivated by corporate and individual success. Highly structured. Have clear corporate values that flows through the entire workplace. Encourage team building and positive internal relationship. Giving back, mentoring the next industry talents. Global.
A great bunch of developers and excellent technical knowledge right up the chain of command. But seemingly no interest in management and no expectation of this within the company culture. This is where investment banking doesn't work with IT. There's too much competition and this precludes team work. Still, the technology is interesting and so is the business - the frustration is in getting anything really done. It's as if you have to fool the system in order to do so. I learned a huge amount about structured products and the business rationale for trading them. Improved my knowledge of market risk management. Learned a fair bit of accounting. Learned a number of areas of regulatory aspects to trading. Generally co-workers were smart and skilled, but competition led some to be difficult to work with - and that was the hardest part of the job. Getting into technical and business detail on complex products was fascinating and where the different participants could lose themselves in the job and thereby let go of their career anxieties. The result was enjoyable work.