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UBS Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
1,420 Reviews
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Pros
  • THe work life balance is good but might get stressed during the deal season (in 146 reviews)

  • Decent work-life balance, relaxed work environment, corporate perks (in 79 reviews)


Cons
  • Working hours are abit too long and I find it hard to get a work life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • Priorities of the business kept changing and senior management did not seem to have a vision (in 54 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rollercoaster

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I worked at UBS full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Really smart people who are passionate about solving clients' problems
    Select teams have a great vibe and are really fun to work with
    Ability to learn a lot about global financial services

    Cons

    Extremely political, resulting in too many poor managers
    Antiquated technology for most of firm. Some teams don't know who their top 10 clients are
    Except for Financial Advisors, your bonus compensation is 100% correlated to how well politically positioned your group head is, regardless of your performance output. When I had a good group head, I got paid extremely well, even in the bad Wall Street years. When I had a bad group head, my bonus wasn't even 10% of a good year even though my output was at the highest level
    Slow to move. Too indecisive about the type of firm they are and what on their platform truly benefits clients
    HR function is basically non existent
    Difficult to move around and get a well-rounded financial services experience - leads to few to no executives who are positioned to run such a large organization
    Way too much turnover, and not of the people who need to go

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your systems and your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Systems Admin

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    Current Employee - Associate Director, Investment Banking in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Investment Banking in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Decent work/life balance promoted by human resources department.

    Cons

    Due to downsizing a stressful environment was created by having employees always looking over their shoulder awaiting the layoff call. Annoying knowing that the Company seemed to be placed in a bad light for inappropriate behavior a few too many times.

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    Experience at UBS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBS

    Pros

    Excellent Swiss with a good work culture

    Cons

    A bit more formal than similar firms and out in Conniticut

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    Environment

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    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UBS full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fantastic training. Training was extensive and there was great attention to detail since this industry is so heavily regulated. Anytime you had a question or needed help the supervisor's had an open door.

    Cons

    Long hours highly competitive highly sales driven no incentives had to arrive daily at 6:00 am and stay evening until 7:30 pm...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enhance motivational tactics

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Average Corporate Job

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    Former Employee - Graduate Trainee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Graduate Trainee in Stamford, CT

    I worked at UBS full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fair compensation, great focus on new employees

    Cons

    force you to work where they want you to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give more power to the employees

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

    On a down hill

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    Former Employee - Associate Director - IT in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Associate Director - IT in Stamford, CT

    I worked at UBS full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Used to have Great people in technology. Been in other big banks no where it matches what UBS had in 2007-2008.

    Cons

    Post 2012 IT is complete mess, Fixed income managers who are in Equities now just made this place hell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you restructure one department make sure it does not impact other business lines in IT. Just because some got promoted to MDs during fake Fixed Income billions they just dont qualify to run Equities which is far more competitive business compared to cowboy style Fixed Income IT. Now after winding Fixed Income portfolio's you made those heading FI IT as head of equities they just scared good people out and now you have no one to run your show.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    didn't too a whole lot

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    Former Employee - UBS Wealth Management Intern in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - UBS Wealth Management Intern in Stamford, CT

    I worked at UBS as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    very easy, research essentially makes all your decisions for you

    Cons

    no room for creativity or initiative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    develop a better training program

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    #1 in Wealth Management; Embarassing tech infrastructure

    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at UBS full-time

    Pros

    Hours are 9-5
    Friendly employees
    Plenty of resources to learn
    Good name for resum
    Dynamic work
    Risk management and processes are well-defined

    Cons

    Middle person between management, financial advisors and operations
    Reactive duties (no independent work)
    Morale is under served
    Salary raises every 2+ years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve technology for customer experience, too much manual work and room for error

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Wealth Management Intern

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    Current Employee - UBS Wealth Management Intern in Lincoln, IL
    Current Employee - UBS Wealth Management Intern in Lincoln, IL

    I have been working at UBS as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Real life experience. Good feel for what your daily activities would consist of. Valuable networking opportunities. Work directly with senior level management.

    Cons

    Some days can be really slow. Be prepared to be well acquainted with a fax/copy machine.

  11.  

    Good learning opportunities at entry level

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    Former Employee - Tax Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at UBS as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work culture and people. Many upward growth

    Cons

    Some long hours were expected for tax season but that's ok being in Tax

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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