UBS Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
1,354 Reviews

3.3
1,354 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.  

    Nice people, friendly culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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

    Pros

    great work life balance; people here are nice and friendly and helpful

    Cons

    promotion speed is relatively slow, so as salary increase speed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    good

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

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

    Pros

    good opportunities to move up

    Cons

    very few good seniors left to learn from

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work for. Best system platform be it front or bank office.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Authorized Officer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Authorized Officer in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Advanced IT system platform, paperless and less manual task due to the great system
    Competitive Pay and above average staffs benefit egs. swisscare credit & all rounded insurance coverage
    Generally good working culture and professionalism, high caliber workers, has standard in hiring
    Good work life balance across except certain team in operations. Eg: Account admin doc team worked past mid-night
    Effective balance between compliance & efficiency established processes & workflow, good learning ground for fresh grad

    Cons

    Too little promotion headcount, many has the tenure of services and capabilities but just no headcount to promote them.
    Can be very fake and political in some teams, heartless at times
    Unfairness and bias within teams lead to low morale or unhappiness
    Tend to penalize fast and efficient people, by giving them more work without distinct better compensation / recognition as compared to the less productive. Capable workers are take for granted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunities to existing talents and not recruit outside rather than promote internally.
    Put more right person at middle or high management who can gives solid contribution and lead teams well rather than people good merely in talking / networking

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT experiencing identity crisis and bleeding talent

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Director
    Current Employee - Executive Director

    I have been working at UBS full-time

    Pros

    Great multi-cultural, multi-national environment with highly talented people.

    Cons

    Talent continues to leave the bank (both voluntarily and involuntarily) due to ongoing turmoil and cost reductions as IT tries to reinvent itself.

    Poor gender balance. I get that this is a Swiss bank but women are hugely under-represented, especially in senior positions and in the European hubs of London and Zurich.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the endless cycle of redundancies. It is like standing on a beach watching the tide come in...you might get missed by the first couple of waves but you are not quite sure if the next one will take you down.... This is incredibly destructive to employee morale and forcing people into self-preservation behaviour. Those with marketable skills are leaving... Finish the process so that everyone can focus on rebuilding...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Panama City (Panama)
    Current Employee - Intern in Panama City (Panama)

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, and is one of the best internships worldwide, or at least in the banking sector.Employees are willing to teach you all the processes until you learn to do them appropriately. ubs is not for lacey people plus you should be aiming for a long term career in this firm

    Cons

    There are no cons because this is the one of the best firms to work in this country.

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

    Okay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FICC Sales and Trading  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - FICC Sales and Trading in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at UBS as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay is good, some people are very nice. Notice: some is the keyword

    Cons

    Work was mundane and unrealistic. I hated banking after the internship. Nothing like i thought. One of my bosses was an idiot who does not understand maths and wanted a naive tool to make money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a grip. Not impressed with the scandals that were going on at the time (libor fixing and rogue trading)

  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    challenging but great exposure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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

    Pros

    great career development and offer opportunities for internal transferral

    Cons

    too large the organization, takes time to understand the specific responsibility of each team in a department

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Analyst in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at UBS as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the people I met there and the great network that was brought with it. Location and management were also superb.

    Cons

    There really aren't too many negative aspects of working at UBS. People are smart, work hard, and managers don't micromanage. Hours can occasionally be long.. but it's the nature of the game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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

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

    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.

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