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UBS Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.3 1,317 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

UBS CEO Sergio P. Ermotti

Sergio P. Ermotti

(257 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Disappointing ... go elsewhere

    Strategist (Current Employee) New York, NY

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

    ConsCulture, technology, compensation are not its forte.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Time has changed

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOffice in London, great people to work with

    ConsEverything in the past year

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    wonderful co-workers

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Portland, ME

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

    Consthey 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 Senior Managementbe more aware of your branch management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Director

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosnothing much to be positive about

    Consbad management
    micro managers
    negative culture
    no growth

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Transparent as mud

    Support Analyst (Current Employee) Stamford, CT

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

    ConsPromotion 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 Senior ManagementTreat us like adults and inform us of the plan for our area.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Equity Analyst (Current Employee) New York, NY

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

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementSpend 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lack confidence in management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    One step forward, Three steps back.

    Authorized Officer (Former Employee)

    ProsI will say that the team I worked with was outstanding, and that my direct management was outstanding, given the financial crisis and other outside pressures. I am still close friends with members of that team today.

    ConsPolitics at UBS, at least from the IT side of the house, are rampant. From year end evaluations and promotions to vendor selections, decisions took too long and were always under political scrutiny.

    Also, its takes forever for anything to get done. The place is drowning in process. If you wanted anything to get done, you were better off doing it yourself. That in turn created a considerable amount of frustration.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake a decision on something and execute it. More time is wasted evaluating "options" on both the technology and business side. Also - eliminate the plethora of "single points of failure" across the bank and staff your organization appropriately.

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    Summer Analyst (Former Employee) Stamford, CT

    ProsSteep learning curve, largest trading floor in the world makes it a good place to understand what a sell side trader and salespeople do

    ConsObviously comes with the usual cons associated with a trading floor - adrenaline pumped, filled with bros

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't let talent slip

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Big name, but management sucks

    Risk Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsBig name. Good for your resume. Yet, the atmosphere is more low-key than other big banks though. So that can be a pro but also a con, if you want to stay competitive in the industry.

    ConsThey are not really helpful when it comes to the administrative part of employment. I interned there from Jun to Aug, and the result was supposed to come out by the end of internship. HR was slow. There was some mismanagement. The head of the recruiting team quit, so they said they had to wait for a call from a new guy. In the end, I had to go in and went through all the interviews again in December. This won't happen if the bank wants to stay competitive because the recruiting cycle for full time is mostly done from august to November, December. If you want till the end of December to actually start something, you lose a good batch of potential employees to other banks already.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStep up your game. Be more organized and transparent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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