UBS Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
1,352 Reviews

3.3
1,352 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Private Wealth Office is an excellent place to work if you are with the right FA

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBS

    Pros

    Pay is largely determined by your FA and can be really generous. Management is understanding and generally less in your face than other wealth management offices

    Cons

    Technology struggles. Each team has their own unique culture base on how the FAs run things. FAs in the private wealth office are very full of themselves.

  2.  

    Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    Large corporate, they have the infrastructure to do a lot, but sometimes that can take awhile. (TPS Reports)

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

    I worked at UBS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with, very customer focused and high energy. Many opportunities for training, growth, and movement throughout the company. Benefits and worklife balance are truly outstanding.

    Cons

    Jobs can be menial, repetitive, and tedious (dealing with the general public who feels entitled). Change is almost impossible to effect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency is the reason I left. I was being groomed for leadership, but was given no indication of when this might happen. A new opportunity came along, and I put in my two weeks the day they transferred my boss to a new department (opening a gap I was likely shaped to fill).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Learning Experience

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

    I worked at UBS as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    -Great atmosphere (depends on the team you join)
    -Caring co-workers (again depends)
    -Intelligent peers (all registered and knew their stuff, I could ask a question about anything in Finance and get an articulate, intelligent response)

    Cons

    -Bureaucracy/Red Tape: sometimes hard to get things done (being an intern doesn't help)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A standardized intern program would be nice. While I had a great experience, it really is what you make of it (and also determined by the team you join).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Interned in the Private wealth management office in new york city.

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

    I worked at UBS as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    very Supportive and helpful managers
    Well structured program
    Informative speakers
    Great mentoring
    Good exposure to wholesaling side as well as private wealth management side

    Cons

    Only offered college credit for a 10 week, 9-6 job. Ended up having to pay almost 3k out of state tuition for the class credit on top of commuting expenses. Ended up losing 5k that summer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay interns

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Positive internship that allowed me to learn new skills that I utilized in the classroom when classes started back up.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - UBS Wealth Management Intern  in  Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - UBS Wealth Management Intern in Greenville, SC

    I worked at UBS as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Give FA's ability to build their business however they choose.
    Lady's at the front desk have worked there for ages and get 3 months of vacation a year. (Good sign if you are planning on sticking it out for the long haul)
    Management lets you build your book of business independently without intruding on your business. They mainly checked in to make sure all "t's" were crossed and "i's" dotted. Branch manager and district manager were very good.
    Branch was actively involved in local community projects each month.

    Cons

    Very low amount of slots/positions available for hiring into the NFA (New FInancial Advisor) training program. (The team I interned with wanted me to join them after graduating but due to limited availability for NFA training positions for the districted I was unable to.)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Satisfied employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of young people, helpful, small team but the perks of a large corporation.

    Cons

    Hard to move up once in position for a long time.

  9.  

    You get what you put in at UBS.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A lot of availability to move around and grow.

    Cons

    Sometimes management stays put when they should not.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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.

  11.  

    it was ok but could had been better

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBS

    Pros

    loved my FAs and hours

    Cons

    too many turn overs at the firm

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