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UBS Reviews in New York, NY

Updated December 23, 2014
Updated December 23, 2014
1,446 Reviews
3.4
1,446 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • THe work life balance is good but might get stressed during the deal season (in 152 reviews)

  • Work environment is friendly, co worrkers always helpful and management always involved (in 80 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  

    demanding, exciting

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Registered Client Service Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Registered Client Service Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    very constructive workplace, client focused

    Cons

    lack of training, learn for yourself environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The people stick togetber and are solid

    Cons

    Terrible pay
    Treat employees like they are completely dispensible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great people.

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

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

    Pros

    UBS has some of the best people in the industry. They should remember that people make the firm and make sure they value their employees. The opportunities are immense and people can move up easily. Work life balance is very good, depending on the group (and boss).

    Cons

    High turnover and average pay. The trend of staying at one job for 20+ years is a thing of the past and the firm is impacted by these movements. Compensation would be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Stay away from IB Operations

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

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

    Pros

    Diversity
    Global Presence
    Internal Mobility Opportunities
    Fair amount of vacation

    Cons

    Operations:
    Reducing compensation every year, generally below market salaries
    High Turnover
    Poor Morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better Compensation and Incentives

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

    Overall great firm to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - GTP WMA in New York, NY
    Former Employee - GTP WMA in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The culture is one of the best on the street. There are many opportunities for pronation and job relocation.

    Cons

    Very "Ivy". The people are not stuck up, but if you are not from a top 10 school, you sometime feel a bit out of place. However, it's a bit humbling if you are not from a top 10, yet you are there anyways. No major cons though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. Advice - Beyond Investing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, conservative culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good people, willing to help, training is good

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, not as entrepreneurial, not much mobility within system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up on the bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Rollercoaster

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Management

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

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

    Pros

    none none none none none

    Cons

    Losing $50b on one trade says it all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organization is broken from top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of direction

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

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

    Pros

    global firm, with strong expertise in wealth management

    Cons

    The IB is suffering from strong regulation, high capital charges and new strategy focused on WM. Fixed income is dying. Only Equities or WM will survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making cuts in control functions like risk management. The bank will suffer in the future as a result of poor manament decisions and cost cuting emphasis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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