UBS Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. Going through a change

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The firm has a clear picture of where they want their Investment Bank to go and what it is should look like in the future. A large restructuring has reduced the fat in the upper management. It flows like a pyramid now, not like an upside down one.

    Cons

    Benefits are weak compared to other. Resources are limited and technology is outdated. There is still a little challenge with the transition, some employees are fighting the change.

    Advice to Management

    Over communicate the plan. Be open to new ideas.


  2. Analyst

    Former Intern - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at UBS as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great software and resources for develepment

    Cons

    Broker just wanted more assets for his book via juniors connections

    Advice to Management

    build a better model for juniors


  3. Helpful (3)

    Can Be a Great or Horrible Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Weehawken, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Weehawken, NJ

    I worked at UBS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Progressive approach to infrastructure and software. Many companies are stuck in the past, keeping old systems alive even though they are outdated and problematic. UBS is at least trying to remain current. Or they were when last I was there.

    Cons

    Some amazingly bad middle managers with no regard for employees personal lives. If you get one of them expect to work until at least 7PM every day as well as be on call 24/7. Telecommuting is up to the individual managers are an all to great percentage of them are iron-fisted micro-managers so they do not allow it at all. Their approach to systems and software is at odds with their approach to people. I would not work there again.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of recognizing that just because someone is a great technician does not mean that they are a good manager.


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  5. Streamlined Wealth Management firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Weehawken, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Weehawken, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nimble, not as large as the other Wealth Management firms.

    Cons

    Technology needs to be upgraded


  6. Helpful (1)

    Move around to different groups to maximize knowledge.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Investment Banking in Weehawken, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Investment Banking in Weehawken, NJ

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to work from home, time off, work/life balance. You make your best salary deal walking through the door do make it a good one.

    Cons

    Operations moving to Nashville. Limited raises, bonuses and promotions. Recommend that you transfer into a new position every two years to maximize growth.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting non SMEs to low level management positions. Too many people reporting to managers that do not know how to run the group.


  7. Helpful (3)

    If chaos, high turnover, low morale and poor compensation attracts you

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Weehawken, NJ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Weehawken, NJ

    I have been working at UBS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Worklife balance depending on your team
    - laidback

    Cons

    First of all UBS is not what it used to be 5 years back. You will be disappointed if you compare UBS to JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, GS and Credit suisse in terms of compensation and bonus.
    - UBS pays a decent compensation which can be compared to a mid-size companies
    - Benefits are not are great as it used to be and slowly its getting slashed every year
    - Most the of good senior technical folks who left are not being replaced and leftover is distributed among the junior employees.The best part is that even these junior employees are not be awarded
    - You won't feel proud or enjoy working here now-a-days as due to ongoing structural changes and layoffs, people are more concerned about having their job than actually doing it.
    - Things might be different if your rank is ED or up

    Advice to Management

    - It should be clear to management even though they are laying off tons of employees, on the other hand a much larger employees are leaving voluntarily which should indicate something is wrong. Rest management is smart enough to understand whats currently going on.


  8. Helpful (3)

    In troubke

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    This is a sinking ship

    Cons

    Hasn't sunk yet but getting there

    Advice to Management

    Change


  9. software developer: team dependent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Weehawken, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate in Weehawken, NJ

    I worked at UBS

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

    Pros

    steady job for a 9-5
    not to much pressure

    Cons

    not the place to be for engineers
    more suitible for managers and people people
    a lot of legacy code

    Advice to Management

    invest more in tech


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good people, bogged down by bureaucracy and insane cost cutting in 2012. No longer a top tier investment bank.

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

    I worked at UBS full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The people stick togetber and are solid

    Cons

    Terrible pay
    Treat employees like they are completely dispensible


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at UBS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Smart people, ample opportunity to take ownership and drive change

    Cons

    None that aren't applicable to almost all global FS companies - hard to maintain strong culture, politics, cost cutting, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Implement stronger hiring practices and get rid of any remaining dead wood



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