UBS Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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UBS Group CEO Sergio P. Ermotti
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Pros
  • work-life balance; office culture; staff education (in 152 reviews)

  • Friendly and helpful work environment (in 80 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is appalling if one wishes to get promoted (in 30 reviews)

  • Too much senior management changes (in 54 reviews)

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  1. Poor Culture Leads to Boiler Room Type Environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UBS full-time

    Pros

    Good 401K and Healthcare Benefits

    Cons

    Long hours, poor pay, and micromanagement.

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture, stop with the yearly pay freezes.


  2. Executive Director, Legal Department

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UBS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    cutting-edge customer trading front-end technology, great colleagues, when they have not been replaced by long-time UBS employees; global reach, opportunities plentiful, great reputation, international issues.

    Cons

    Working in the investment bank from 2007 through 2011, I was there as UBS tried to pare down its workforce. Employment decisions were made purely based on cronyism, rather than merit. Management in Legal was unsupportive. Also, many vital legal functions were off-shored, leading to many mistakes and jeopardizing legal department effectiveness.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that legal professionals have value to the business; also, that a commercially aware legal practitioner can provide superior advice to the business side.


  3. Equities

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at UBS (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    cant think of anything. Demoralizing place to work.

    Cons

    very poor culture. Negative environment. Horrible place to work


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  5. Disorganized management and low employee morale

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Global bank, transferred me from one office to another without a problem.

    Cons

    Poor compensation and low morale, constantly changing management. Senior people coming in with high guarantees bonuses, producing nothing and then leaving

    Advice to Management

    Treat employee better


  6. Finding footing

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you come in as an outsider you will recieve comparable market rate base pay.

    Cons

    The firm is still trying to find is footing after financial crisis and a few missteps of its own ex Facebook ipo. Morale is down with divisions losing head counts, off and on shoring jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better communication, the lack of communication and sharing of vision further increases. Pay bonus to support staff


  7. Helpful (2)

    Don't work in compliance...

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    Former Employee - Senior Compliance Analyst in Weehawken, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Compliance Analyst in Weehawken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UBS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. Intelligible people. Caring people. Great place to learn, get trained, and gain experience. Great for entry level (then leave).

    Cons

    The company itself is appears awful due to the fact all decisions have to be run through Switzerland. Super cheap especially when it comes to their compliance department. They don't make counter offers...not even to their top employees. Been her four years and the CEO has had two raises (20% and 4%) while my salary has stayed the same and my work had nearly tripled. Literally only promotion per compliance team is permitted. No growth here. Compliance is not where you want to apply, not unless you take more work and pats on the back as bonus currency. Let alone many of the jobs are transitioning Nashville. Seriously they will hire less experienced people with higher titles just to bring their pay to a competitive market salary and leave the current employees dry and disappointed. And remember what I said about promotions. Essentially there is no reason to be a rock star employee here.

    Advice to Management

    UBS Americas should be separate from the parent in Switzerland. Pay your rock star employees vs losing them for $15k-$20k. All it does, is build a backlog of work and bring down morale. The turnover in compliance is unspeakable.


  8. Not good to intern (for Park Ave Loc.)

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at UBS as an intern

    Pros

    Looks great on resume. That's it.

    Cons

    Absolutely worthless. Better go to a small firm or be specific where do you want to work. Do not work for Operations Unit. You only file there.


  9. Associate Director - IT Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Associate Director - IT Business Analyst in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Associate Director - IT Business Analyst in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at UBS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people supporting the business have worked very hard and have endured through a lot of industry change over over the past 7-8 years.

    Cons

    Career opportunities are stifled and promotions are few

    Advice to Management

    Start hiring full time employees instead of depending on Contractor resources.


  10. Financial Advisor

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility and ability to run your book

    Cons

    Low payouts, unrealistic expectations, and short term focus

    Advice to Management

    Don't expect loyalty when everything is all about the company's quarterly margins


  11. Wealth Management Intern

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My coworkers are very friendly and helpful, and you get to meet a lot of well-connected people in your area.

    Cons

    The position is not particularly demanding nor is it that rewarding. It's difficult for interns to do the roles of a financial analyst or help clients since we, as college students, probably don't have certifications and/or licenses. A lot of the work I do is really monotonous, and I find that I have several hours at work where I don't have anything to do.



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