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UBS Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
1,343 Reviews

3.4
1,343 Reviews
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UBS CEO Sergio P. Ermotti
Sergio P. Ermotti
266 Ratings

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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232 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    it was ok but could had been better

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    loved my FAs and hours

    Cons

    too many turn overs at the firm

  2.  

    Software Engineers are ignored.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Non Officer  in  Weehawken, NJ
    Current Employee - Non Officer in Weehawken, NJ

    Pros

    The only pro is work life balance. For the most part you won't have a heavy work load.

    Cons

    Too many managers. Too much involvement of Business in technical decisions. Most of the business people don't have any idea about technology but have a huge say in how an application should be designed. Software engineers who actually build these applications have no respect. Business managers and Program managers take all the credit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you really want your IT to make some money for your Business. Get rid of 5 managers and 2 developers strategy. You don't need 5 program/project managers for 1 project.

  3.  

    UBS = U've Been Screwed

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

    Pros

    Solid benefits, good salary/pay if you are in the right department.

    Cons

    EXTREMELY POLITICAL. Bonus system that invites corruption and unfair bonus awarding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the "buddy" system in promotions and bonuses.
    There are many people not qualified to be in management, yet they are there because of a friend or relative.
    They will have people on their staff that are more qualified then the actual manager.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing ... go elsewhere

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategist  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Strategist in New York, NY

    Pros

    Willing to give you the opportunity to try different career paths but ...

    Cons

    Culture, technology, compensation are not its forte.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers to be more competent please. Some don't deserve management roles and care for your local employees more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Time has changed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Office in London, great people to work with

    Cons

    Everything in the past year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    wonderful co-workers

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

    Pros

    Vacation time is good, benefits are good. Some of the people are great.

    Cons

    they do not value their employees. Loyalty is a thing of the past -layers of management is staggering. mistrustful environment, no pay raises for 3 years. Local management is weak, change their minds all of the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more aware of your branch management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Director

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

    Pros

    nothing much to be positive about

    Cons

    bad management
    micro managers
    negative culture
    no growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Transparent as mud

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Analyst  in  Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Support Analyst in Stamford, CT

    Pros

    Great people to work with, across the globe. Incidents get solved; I've experienced real teamwork when it matters.

    Cons

    Promotion and advancement don't seem to be based on merit. Management announces some "new improvement in process" but then it's back to the same old same old. Knowledge is not valued as much as it used to be (too expensive?). No training. No advancement. People in Stamford beginning the exit, now that the jobs are moving to Nashville. Depressing overall culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat us like adults and inform us of the plan for our area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The company has unrealistic views of where it stands among there larger wall street firms

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Equity Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Equity Analyst in New York, NY

    Pros

    The typical benefits of working for a larger and well-known organization. Salary is competitive

    Cons

    Very high attrition which is based on long hours and generally poor bonuses. Company sees itself as a top three firm but doesn't provide the resources to get there. Technology and the outsourcing of tech support is a major detriment to productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more on technology and bring IT back in-house. Bonuses should better reflect long hours or at least add the resources so that the hours are not necessary or expected.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Lack confidence in management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, good people, firm is well-positioned for success.

    Cons

    Management doesn't communicate clear direction and strategy for future, and refuses to invest in people, technology and lines of business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make strategic decisions about how to move forward, articulate them to the organization, invest to win, engage employees and follow through. Do more to develop and retain internal talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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