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UBS Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.3 1,309 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

UBS CEO Sergio P. Ermotti

Sergio P. Ermotti

(254 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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)

1,309 Employee Reviews
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    Good opportunity to rotate through jobs every few years

    Associate Director Project Manager (Former Employee) Stamford, CT

    ProsThe firm has really good benefits, now that they moved to Windows 7 - it is really easy to get the software to make your job easier. The people are fun even when working their butts off. Fun to work with people globally.

    ConsThere are less promotions available, lots of change currently due to restructuring, many roles are being downsized, outsourced or near shored to TN. I have found that the managers just expect you to get the work done no matter the hours you need to put in for the day..

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    Wealth Mgmt can be limited if one isn't training to be an FA

    CSA (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsPeople are generally friendly and helpful. Training and opportunities are available for those who want to move in the paths available. Those lucky to partner with a great FA have a great experience including team building and support as well as developing relationships and skills.

    ConsUltimately, there weren't many career paths in Wealth Mgmt besides FA or Operations Mgr.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company!

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Warsaw (Poland)

    ProsBest people, good salary and good colleagues

    Constoo many positions level :(

    Advice to Senior Managementbest hr practices

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Technology Consultant

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe Enterprise teams and governance seem mature, and have lots of educated and motivated employees working tirelessly to support and enforce the processes. The company is fairly ITIL centric for the core processes.

    ConsThere is tons of legacy and disjointed groups that were left on their own for far too long, so there is lots of work to do. With different divisions (IB vs WB) being aloud to set their own path instead of an enterprise approach there is never one way to do anything.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIdentify best practice and apply and enforce it. Pick one or maybe two accepted methods and everything else should be a classified as a deviation. Then you can start working like ants towards a common goal.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Behind the times and pretty much controlled from Switzerland.

    Compliance Analyst (Current Employee) Weehawken, NJ

    ProsCheap cafeteria.
    Dress as casual as you want. I mean it. Tattoos and piercings and all.
    Dress as liberal you want. Wear over the knee boots, body hugging dresses, slacks ripped on the bottom due to too much length.
    Cheap transportation. Subsidized monthly ferry tickets. Cheap monthly garage parking.

    ConsNonProfessional
    Poor pay. Very poor pay.
    No COLA
    All decisions come from Switzerland
    No care of employee retention
    Terrible technology
    Uncertainty of job security all the time
    Only see management get promoted
    More ways to add work and no compensation

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice environment

    Securities and Data (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsQuite a nice place to work at. Mostly is about the work done (quality), and not how much work is done (quantity).
    People are generally competent, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.
    Welfare is generally quite reasonable. There's a committee to engage the staff in various activities and festivities.

    ConsSome managers could be micro-managers
    Some will make use of you for their promotions.
    Interrnal mobility at junior level is near impossible, leading to mass seasonal departures

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement need to engage their subordinates more, be it career development or team-related issues.
    More transparency and sharing sessions.
    Provide words of encouragement. Do more, talk less..
    Be open to feedback from all levels of staff
    Contract staff also contribute to the company, at times more than permanent staff. Please do not treat them as 3rd class citizens or as liabilities.

     

    Good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLearn a lot that relates to the real world and great company overall to work for

    ConsThe team I worked for didn't have a healthy work environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat interns with respect. Upper management on the team are the ones that neeed to do this the most.

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    Internship in Operations

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosdiversity, independence, vacations, personal growth

    ConsCan stuck in a similar role

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVery 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One Year Intern

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsFriendly environment and a good number of days off. In general rewards system is alright, but if you are looking for loyalty bonuses, this is probably not the best place for you. Employee tend to bounce around and change positions quickly even with-in the department.

    Cons- decreasing headcount and offshore direction
    - long hours
    - huge turnaround.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to keep you employees for longer. As an intern I "outlived" 7 permanent members of the team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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