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Apr 11, 2006 7:43 pm

OK free for all is welcome. Say I have three equal salary offers to train for two years at the following firms. Which would you choose and why?

morgan stanley

smith barney

merrill lynch

comments welcome!

Apr 11, 2006 9:35 pm

Have you tried Enterprise Rent a car?

Apr 12, 2006 10:12 am

Don’t think I would want to work with you. I have real offers for a real job. Come clean my car when you get off work.

Apr 12, 2006 1:49 pm

According to Merrill Lynch propaganda they are without doubt the best training ground in the world.

Smith Barney is more selective; you should feel honored by being offered the position. <?:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Getting with a Smith Barney branch manager will provide you with as good training and perhaps better quality of life. Smith Barney is more discerning in whom they allow to enter their training program. And branch managers have to seek them out themselves without aid of outside recruiters.


If you have a good personality and vision plan with Morgan Stanley you will do well there also.


To be successful in any of these firms you must be willing to work hard and more importantly smart. Just when you get the most rejection keep going the best one is just around the corner.

Listen, Listen, Listen. This is the reason we have two ears and one mouth and they should be used accordingly

My two cents worth.

Apr 12, 2006 2:13 pm

[quote=ontheverge]Don’t think I would want to work with you. I have real offers for a real job. Come clean my car when you get off work.[/quote]

If not Enterprise, how about Ameriprise?

Apr 12, 2006 2:43 pm

Biased: Thank you for your comments. I appreciate them. This is a big leap. I had complete independence as a business owner so Smith Barney culture seems a bit more suited to me. Still not sure. Salary is quite good - will probably match Merrill’s “informal” offer. I will be working hard. I will succeed but it will take time. All the same quality of life is critical for me too. I realize the firm I choose will not determine my success but I wonder if Merrill will give me a bit of a leg up in tech and training. Still need more info from manager on how training works at SB. Do appreciate your comments. Above all I will be listening.

Joe: I actually did look at Ameriprise if your serious. Do not like entry level options, salary, and a variety of other basic features of their deal but I do know good people there.