Is working at an investment bank looked down upon in Tech?

Morgan Stanley / Eng [^•^]
Nov 13, 2018 5 Comments

I have started my career with Morgan Stanley as a Technology Associate (SWE). 1 YOE. Is working at a bank looked down upon in tech? Will it be difficult for me to transition to real tech companies like Google, Facebook? Does working at a bank hurt my chances to get an interview with them?

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  • Wayfair / Eng
    Weighfare

    Wayfair Eng

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    Weighfaremore
    You’re not the golden child celebrity at an IB. The IB Analysts are. Tech companies believe that engineers are the lifeblood, and you’re treated as such
    Nov 13, 2018 1
    • Morgan Stanley
      ggdjD17

      Morgan Stanley

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      ggdjD17more
      Worked in tech and IB. Can confirm last sentence.
      Nov 14, 2018
  • Nielsen / Eng
    userperson

    Nielsen Eng

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    userpersonmore
    Not looked down on but certainly restrictive. More often than not, colleagues in banking, not hedge funds, are quite behind in terms of cutting edge practices- likely due to higher ups blocking advancement.
    Nov 13, 2018 0
  • Raytheon / Mgmt rixman
    Best thing to do is ask 'who is making the company money'? If you are a cost center (tech) vs a revenue center (ib) you will always be less valuable
    Jan 20 0
  • Microsoft Shxhebxj
    Why would you be? It depends on what career you pursue at those companies. If you find a job in tech that deals with similar problems such as near real time data transaction, your experience might be even more valuable. Windows kernel developer trying to switch to user interface may have hard time justifying his level at the next job.
    Nov 13, 2018 0