UBS Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
1,353 Reviews

3.3
1,353 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.  

    Job at UBS was okay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBS

    Pros

    My co-workers were nice. When I had questions they would answer them and operations was very helpful.

    Cons

    Constant micromanagement. I would be given very little instruction and was expected to know everything with minimal instruction.

  2.  

    Getting there one step at a time

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBS

    Pros

    Culture, global teams, people

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, too many management layers, growth opportunities are restricted if you are in smaller sites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the long term strategy do not just focus on short term cost cuts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good work-life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director - IT  in  Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Director - IT in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at UBS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work-life balance is good, good bunch of people to work with. Had a good hiring process so perms are people you can respect.

    Cons

    Far too much emphasis on cheap outsourcing. Little apparent interest in building good pipeline of perm staff. I think for all perms (working with outsource guys) the job is more about managing poor junior staff and less about doing the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try focussing on quality, not quantity.

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

    Good place to get a start.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Registered Client Service Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Registered Client Service Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at UBS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Office will support you getting licenses and certifications. Good place to to learn and get some experience. A lot of the long timers are very nice and helpful in sharing knowledge. Good amount of vacation time for new employees.

    Cons

    Poor compensation. Limited amount of positions available within the wealth management division. Some of the past managers didn't make it easy for individuals to apply for other jobs and move around within the company. Sometimes it takes forever to get something done because it has to go through so many strings of approval.

  6.  

    Not going well at the moment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst, Investment Banking  in  Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst, Investment Banking in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at UBS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    relaxed working environment. people can be friendly.. but not always

    Cons

    everything else..low career opportunities. Low upper management guidance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Wealth Mgmt can be limited if one isn't training to be an FA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CSA  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - CSA in New York, NY

    I worked at UBS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People are generally friendly and helpful. Training and opportunities are available for those who want to move in the paths available. Those lucky to partner with a great FA have a great experience including team building and support as well as developing relationships and skills.

    Cons

    Ultimately, there weren't many career paths in Wealth Mgmt besides FA or Operations Mgr.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBS

    Pros

    Learn a lot that relates to the real world and great company overall to work for

    Cons

    The team I worked for didn't have a healthy work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat interns with respect. Upper management on the team are the ones that neeed to do this the most.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company that doesn't really care about its employees, but cares more about maintaining its reputation.

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

    I worked at UBS full-time

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance, relaxed work environment, corporate perks.

    Cons

    Poor pay and bonus, minimal growth opportunities.

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

    Working for UBS

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

    I have been working at UBS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The office culture is very close-knit and diverse

    Cons

    The internal job movement is rare; most have to leave for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Terrific training program in NJ Lincoln Harbor facility.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBS

    Pros

    Very welcoming in that they hire women and mentor them going forward. A huge help in a male dominated field.

    Cons

    Successful acquisition of enough accounts to cover your salary before it, the salary, goes away. Family & friends' investment money pretty essential in succeeding here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Insist on new recruits joining an already existing team in each office in which you are hiring to insure a higher success rate of all newly recruited and trained individuals.

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