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UBS Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
1,343 Reviews

3.4
1,343 Reviews
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UBS CEO Sergio P. Ermotti
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work-life balance; office culture; staff education (in 133 reviews)

  • Decent work-life balance, relaxed work environment, corporate perks (in 76 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is appalling if one wishes to get promoted (in 29 reviews)

  • Lack of clear strategy due to too many senior management changes (in 53 reviews)

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  1.  

    Run as fast as you can!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Risk Manager  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Risk Manager in Jersey City, NJ

    Pros

    Work life balance. That's the only thing I could think of!

    Cons

    Layoffs every quarter, they have lost their best employees, no job security, no travel and trainings.
    Right now there is very low morale among the employees. They are tying to move everyone to Nashville and hiring all the new positions there.
    Most people have got no raises from years and also bonus is as good as none.
    Good work is no longer valued and they are frequent management changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. You can run a successful business with a very low employee morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Behind the times and pretty much controlled from Switzerland.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Compliance Analyst  in  Weehawken, NJ
    Current Employee - Compliance Analyst in Weehawken, NJ

    Pros

    Cheap cafeteria.
    Dress as casual as you want. I mean it. Tattoos and piercings and all.
    Dress as liberal you want. Wear over the knee boots, body hugging dresses, slacks ripped on the bottom due to too much length.
    Cheap transportation. Subsidized monthly ferry tickets. Cheap monthly garage parking.

    Cons

    NonProfessional
    Poor pay. Very poor pay.
    No COLA
    All decisions come from Switzerland
    No care of employee retention
    Terrible technology
    Uncertainty of job security all the time
    Only see management get promoted
    More ways to add work and no compensation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    not fullfilling

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trade Support Analyst  in  Weehawken, NJ
    Current Employee - Trade Support Analyst in Weehawken, NJ

    Pros

    depending on the individual, you may learn something. And this is putting it lightly

    Cons

    very difficult people to work with, very aggressive. They only focus on numbers and cost cutting initiatives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    compensation and growing your talent is the most important aspect of a company's health.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent insurance. Short commute though

    Cons

    Only care about bottom line

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the business

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    analyst

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Weehawken, NJ
    Current Employee - Analyst in Weehawken, NJ

    Pros

    close to my house save on gas and short commute

    Cons

    layoffs layoffs layoff s outsourcing to TN

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    when will the layoffs end ….. constant working maneuvering behind the scenes by management they don't tell you whats going on but they know one day you walk in and they inform you your job has been eliminated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Stamford, CT

    Pros

    None..Nothing good about this place.

    Cons

    Don't work here.. waste of time..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Financial Advisor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Orlando, FL

    Pros

    Independence and autonomy. Really running your own business.

    Cons

    No training. Little support. Old boys club. Only for the really rich mentality. Common, middle class America isn't worth pursuing. Antiquated software. Terrible home office support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bureaucratic, incompetent management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There were many good people at the junior and lower senior levels, but most of them would leave for better employers, leaving the bottom decile performers at the firm

    Cons

    Continual testing to memorize useless trivia about the company, management was incompetent at their work and at managing people, was often unclear how they became employed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Revolving door , and a place filled with unhappy people

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    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY

    Pros

    similar to other big banks, but can't find anything worth mentioning

    Cons

    surprisingly high turnover rate, no morale and no team work at all. People tend to attack each other instead of help each other at work. There are changes from senior management every week - they seem always able to justify the reason for changing A to B then back to A again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think twice before you make changes. Build a better company culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Support  in  Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Applications Support in Stamford, CT

    Pros

    - They don't work you too hard
    - If you're good, you can work here indefinitely, that is, as long as they don't decide to axe your entire team

    Cons

    - Lack of IT practices
    - Technology is from the stone age
    - They hire inexperienced graduates through contracting firms who know absolutely nothing, so you learn nothing from them
    - Very bad IT practices
    - A place where there are more managers than there are workers
    - Incredibly hierarchical
    - No transparency
    - Tons of paperwork to make the smallest IT changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management should all be fired. The investment bank is a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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