UBS Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
1,389 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • THe work life balance is good but might get stressed during the deal season (in 146 reviews)

  • Decent work-life balance, relaxed work environment, corporate perks (in 79 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.  

    Amazing experiance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBS

    Pros

    helpful, trachable, great people, great network

    Cons

    HR was not on man's side, not easy to get offer

  2.  

    Great learning environment; wealth of information; lots of teamwork

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    UBS does a fantastic job at informing its employees on the front lines of financial services about what's going on in the world: whether it be in commodities or equities or fixed income, etc. UBS also has an exotic culture and exclusive clientele because of its Swiss roots.

    Cons

    The company's investment bank has been downsizing big time since the financial crisis. Definitely not the place for prospective investment bankers; however, the number one in wealth management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Equity Research Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Equity Research Intern
    Current Employee - Equity Research Intern

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

    Pros

    Good hardworking people. Lots to learn from them. Lots of experience among them, and they make good teams. Management doesn't micromanage you. Offers room to grow and lateral movement given the initiative.

    Cons

    Long hours, and intensive overwatch, which makes sense given the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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.

  6.  

    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 (less than an 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
  7.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at UBS full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, willing to hire new grads, good training

    Cons

    Management track is completely separate from client support track, and it's difficult to jump tracks from all accounts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Onboarding process is difficult and poorly timed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Internship in Operations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBS as an intern

    Pros

    diversity, independence, vacations, personal growth

    Cons

    Can stuck in a similar role

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at UBS as an intern

    Pros

    Very high conpensation for interns compared to most other companies in Switzerland;
    Very supportive team and very nice colleagues;
    Good working environment;
    Efficient communication and management style;
    Lots of exciting events for interns.

    Cons

    more modeling work should be better (but this really depends on which function you are and that area you like).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    exciting challenging work, very professional management and staff

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at UBS full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Full of interesting and challenging projects, and technology was surprisingly quite up to date for such a large bank.
    Very professional staff and atmosphere, even during the phase when I worked there which coincided with a very difficult economic climate, and the fallout from their US crisis.
    Opportunities to move laterally into banking if one wishes.
    Zurich is a fantastic city in which to live and work.

    Cons

    not a lot.
    I brought a young family, and I suppose integrating within Swiss community was the main difficulty.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Authorized Officer position

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

    I have been working at UBS full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lot of exposure, interesting people to work with

    Cons

    very hierarchical environment, but overall there are few cons. You do need to be very smart to succeed. There are no shortcuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much. it is an excellent culture

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