MS Menlo

Hi all, I know MS Menlo has historically been a great franchise but wanted to get some updated thoughts here.

What has the culture been like thru Covid? Have a ton of analysts left?

What have they been working on / how have they trended reputation wise? Also, what are exits like - I imagine you can get anything you want in PE or Growth?

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  • Analyst 1 in CorpStrat
Feb 22, 2021 - 11:12pm

Total sweatshop. One of the better groups at MS, but you are going to get worked to the bone. Terrible culture. Still, it's a cool group if you are into tech. 

Source: My roommate is a 2nd yr analyst at MS Menlo. 

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Feb 22, 2021 - 11:39pm

I wouldn't equate long hours = terrible culture. Naturally, the correlation is high but still.

Personally have heard great things about the culture. Perks of being a top group - you can afford to be nice to each other instead of competing for (deal) scraps.

Feb 22, 2021 - 11:23pm

If you aren't looking to grind going into IB, then what are you looking for?? If you're going to work banking hours and like tech, its a great place to be. That group has incredible deal flow, protected saturdays (other than live work), and exit opportunities to the best PE and growth shops in the tech space. 

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Feb 22, 2021 - 11:31pm

Agree with @[email protected] above.

Responding to the original questions: 

1. Culture through COVID: firm has provided dinner budgets, WFH stipends, instituted protected weekends. Haven't heard of much turnover during COVID

2. Can find deals online they've been working on. 

3. Exits are fine. Can also find those online. 

Feb 23, 2021 - 12:31am

Agree with @[email protected] above.

Responding to the original questions: 

1. Culture through COVID: firm has provided dinner budgets, WFH stipends, instituted protected weekends. Haven't heard of much turnover during COVID

2. Can find deals online they've been working on. 

3. Exits are fine. Can also find those online. 

Yes - They recently brought in a new group COO who has really transformed the group's culture. It used to be a shit show with analysts leaving after a few months, but now the analysts atleast feel somewhat heard. 

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Feb 23, 2021 - 2:57am

Are the protected weekends and saturdays actually enforced? Assume with groups like this there's always something live

Feb 23, 2021 - 12:00am

Anyone have info on the M&A group within MS Menlo? Heard that it's a recent change. Do you recruit directly into the M&A or do you get placed into it at some point after you join?

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