Julius Baer Reviews

Updated May 25, 2015
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Julius Baer CEO Boris F.J. Collardi
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  1. Great company that cares about its employees

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Innovative environment gives plenty of opportunities for career growth

    Cons

    Nothing specific to JB comes to mind. Just the nature of the industry means potential job elimination due to changing business direction. Up to the individual to be able to re-market internally.

    Advice to Management

    Don't loose the family culture


  2. Helpful (1)

    Nice place to work in.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Julius Baer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Promotes work life balance. - You will be rewarded nicely for your hard work. - Nice work location. - Open to feedback.

    Cons

    - Sometimes people play ranks. - People are very cliquish. - Some people are too relaxed about their work. - Pay increment is small.


  3. A mixed bag

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good location Exciting business Management more interested in getting things working than blamestorming.

    Cons

    Some horrific egotistical people who would rather see a project fail than admit fault. Some support staff who take unhelpful to a new level.

    Advice to Management

    implement anonymous user surveys to evaluate departments responses to their internal users.


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  5. Very good, learnt more about the private banking sector

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I thought that the company really emphasied on good work-life balance, there was a lot of flexibility. Bosses were very approachable and nice to talk to

    Cons

    Too much free time. Sometimes you wish you had more work to do. People can be a bit cliquish.


  6. Summer Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Salary, Team work, Work life balance

    Cons

    Not so active day to day job


  7. Relatively stable place to work in (if there's such a thing in the financial services industry)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Julius Baer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The bank is focused on private banking - which makes up 100% of the company's profits, instead of like 1% in other banking behemoths: ideal for job seekers with private banking ambition. Work-life balance is very good in general and people are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    The pure private banking focus also means that it's not suitable for people with other banking ambitions (investment banking, exotic & rocket-science stuff.) Pay increment is not great. For locations outside HQ in Zurich, be mindful that decision-making in certain areas can be rather centralized/ culture can be Swiss-centric.


  8. ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Julius Baer full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    ok as you get salary

    Cons

    ok as you get salary

    Advice to Management

    ok as you get salary


  9. Untrustworthy management but great colleagues

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Investment Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Julius Baer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    As usual the people, I worked in a great office where people did help you out when you asked and it had a good atmosphere for entrepreneurs

    Cons

    Management had clear favorites when awarding accts not based on merit or ability and almost rewarded failure. Much better when it was Merrill Lynch. They dont care about clients just revenue. Middle management are awful and the training for junior staff is non- existent.

    Advice to Management

    Dont reward middle management with AUM for doing nothing with no client facing experience as it harbours resentment.


  10. Chaotic place to work: no clear strategy, business units and functions not aligned, high turnover and low engagement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Director in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Julius Baer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    salary and benefits good brand image

    Cons

    lack of leadership unstructured and chaotic no-one lives the company values

    Advice to Management

    Whilst people may understand the group strategy, I am not sure many understand how they or their business unit contributes. There is a lack of clarity and unification which needs to be addressed.


  11. Bureaucratic and Unfairness - Not a good place to work at (back office)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in HarbourFront (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Manager in HarbourFront (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Julius Baer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good onboarding and offboarding Front office - where Singapore CEO sits - great EEO, good environment

    Cons

    Lack of transparency - No idea what management is thinking or doing Compensation - unfairness for contractors, despite having a good appraisal there was no increment, reason - you fail to ask / fight for the increment. where else other contractors have better benefits and salary payout because they asked for it Hiring: Back Office Management team tends to hire their own nationality, friends or ex colleagues. Fail to provide EEO Unfairness - Sit allocation by Business Manager (LACK OF EEO) Normal Associates - Sitting arrangement is based on the BM preference Assistant Director & above - Aisle Seat Team leads - Window seat with head rest BM - Team Lead who are more argumentative , BM will not change the seat so as to avoid unnecessary trouble BM threatens to change individual seats as BM is not pleased with an individual Time off - certain team leads came out with their own practices Worked 2 weekend - Get to rest for a day. If you worked from 1am to next day 1am you are entitled to Zero rest day. HR policy states the rules and regulations for employees working beyond office hours and on their rest day BUT some team leads refused to abide and came out with their own rules. Is management aware of it? Management tend to have too much Person Judgement on individual employees and hence make unfair decisions - yet our CEO is not aware of.

    Advice to Management

    CEO Boris (global), I urged you to speak to people who have been retrenched or left within the last 6 months . Hear them out and change the management style before its too late . Esp the way the back office operates is total a mess. Talk to people on the ground not directors or assistant directors, not through Management recommendation, randomly speak to employees. Provide EEO to employees,



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