UBS Reviews

Updated August 16, 2015
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UBS Group CEO Sergio P. Ermotti
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Pros
  • work-life balance; office culture; staff education (in 152 reviews)

  • Friendly and helpful work environment (in 80 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is appalling if one wishes to get promoted (in 30 reviews)

  • Too much senior management changes (in 54 reviews)

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  1. Investment Banking Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UBS (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, friendly coworkers, nice office

    Cons

    No work life balance, average benefits


  2. You need to work hard and may not always be rewarded with a promotion

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UBS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salaries are very competitive and the benefits are great!

    Cons

    Promotions beyond Associate Director are almost impossible if you work in Operations and are not already managing a team.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that Operations staff have much-needed expertise and should be rewarded accordingly.


  3. Mine

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Wealth Strategy Associate in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Wealth Strategy Associate in Oak Brook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UBS (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company, so long as you work for the right advisor

    Cons

    Weak 401(k) and average benefits


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  5. Operations Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UBS (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The internships program had lots of involvement by higher-ups trying to make the program as useful as possible which was really nice. They were genuinely concerned with us getting the most out of the internship.

    Cons

    The program was still relatively new and therefore was partially put-together as we went. This led to a lot of under utilization of the interns and too few of opportunities to learn about the business.

    Advice to Management

    Give the interns more real responsibilities so that they can walk-away from the interview with knowledgeable and practical skills that they didn't have going in.


  6. Associate Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    Smart people to work with, good processes in place

    Cons

    Too much politics and not easy access to senior mgmt

    Advice to Management

    Cut down big line mgmt chain


  7. Helpful (1)

    Too big to matter

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Equity Research in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Equity Research in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As part of the Global Asset Management Group, the total AUM being sizable enabled a high profile regardless of group within, and thus, access to resources which are provided to top or near-top tier accounts Global firm has diverse geographies to work from on a global basis.

    Cons

    The expansive size, coupled with remote HQ, creates a sense of anonymity which contributes to my title. The overall firm is so large, that individual pods or business areas are often irrelevant, not impactful enough.

    Advice to Management

    Cannot run the Asset Management business with the same mindset as the Investment Bank. Period.


  8. Financial Analyst Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Planning Internship in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Former Employee - Financial Planning Internship in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The group I worked with was very easy to get along with. At first I was not too thrilled about the cold calling aspect but have since learned it is s valuable experience to have on resume.

    Cons

    Often I would not have tasks or projects thoroughly explained to me. Towards then end of the internship when I got to work with FGAs I really had no idea what I was doing.

    Advice to Management

    Better training system. Written instructions for reference when there is a simple question to be answered.


  9. Internship was great

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a great introduction to the financial services industry.

    Cons

    Interns are newer to the workplace so do not get much major project responsibility. You are still challenged.

    Advice to Management

    Continue toEncourage hard work and dedication to being great on a daily basis


  10. Helpful (1)

    So so

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location, international company, most people don't know what is going on,

    Cons

    80% contractors, management changing often, no employee appreciation.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Systems Admin

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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