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UBS Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
1,423 Reviews
3.4
1,423 Reviews
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UBS CEO Sergio P. Ermotti
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great people.

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    • 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
  2.  

    Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBS

    Pros

    Everyone was extremely helpful and willing to listen to any questions I had to ask. Organizations sets a high standard and there is a lot of opportunity to advance.

    Cons

    If you are involved with UBS when the market is in bullish trends it is fun, but it is tough to stay positive during

  3.  

    Overall great firm to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work environment is friendly, co worrkers always helpful and management always involved. There is always room for growth and employment advancement. Benefits/vacation are great.

    Cons

    Low pay they don't seem to want to compete for great staff to keep them. Technology obsolete and behind the times.
    Systems crash continuously meaning down time and poor client service. Every upgrade comes with more crashes and headaches.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Laid back, not much to learn

    Current Employee - Wealth Management in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Wealth Management in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UBS as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Particularly good for interns as people are very friendly and environment is laid back. They will try to accommodate with your schedule and make sure everything fits well. Management is very caring.

    Cons

    Opportunities to learn are low as wealth managers are very busy. Most of what interns do is administrative work and that gets old very fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create a program around interns

  7.  

    intern

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBS

    Pros

    it is big and very prestigious

    Cons

    need to work very long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, conservative culture

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    • 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 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.  

    UBS provided great training and excellent guidance.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Staff was friendly, senior management team was very supportive. Definitely significant opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Very high turnover rate and could have a more structured analyst program. The financial services industry has ups and down and i get that the cyclial nature of the industry probably had an effect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Financial Advisor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBS

    Pros

    Excellent financial planning tools, CRM system, research capabilities, sales ideas, team building

    Cons

    All about assets under management and supporting the "big producers." Minimal support for life/annuity business.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rollercoaster

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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