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UBS Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
1,343 Reviews

3.4
1,343 Reviews
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UBS CEO Sergio P. Ermotti
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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.  

    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

    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
  2.  

    Traditional Wealth Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Registered Client Service Associate  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Registered Client Service Associate in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Colleagues, nice work-life balance, nice culture

    Cons

    It is difficult to move internally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Previous Management has left

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Just to get things done

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

    Pros

    Good facility, IT and admin support

    Cons

    Toxic culture, no personal growth prospect, being rejected a career advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    So So employer

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

    Pros

    Reputable bank name and good medical benefits

    Cons

    Not a great place to work. More work less pay for juniors

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    You get what you put in at UBS.

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

    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
  7.  

    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

    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.

  8.  

    Good opportunities await.

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

    Pros

    I was at UBS AG for one year. I really enjoyed the people I worked with and the breadth of experience that were available to me as soon as I stepped through the door. The training is solid with assistance in either the IMC or CFA qualification if you so choose.

    Cons

    The markets weren't kind to UBS the year that I was with them. Cut backs and redundancies plagued the bank. This greatly affected the moral of the team and subsequent departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am in no position to be giving advice to UBS, but I guess if employees have been invested in through the IMC or CFA qualification perhaps they should not be so easily overlooked.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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

    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
  10.  

    UBS = U've Been Screwed

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

    Pros

    Solid benefits, good salary/pay if you are in the right department.

    Cons

    EXTREMELY POLITICAL. Bonus system that invites corruption and unfair bonus awarding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the "buddy" system in promotions and bonuses.
    There are many people not qualified to be in management, yet they are there because of a friend or relative.
    They will have people on their staff that are more qualified then the actual manager.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    IT Manager with several years of service

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director - IT  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Director - IT in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    The staff are generally friendly, supportive, cooperative, in other words a good bunch. Work-life balance is reasonably flexible, and compensation is fair in my experience, but with wide variation apparently. Get yourself on the right IT project(s) and you can have a great experience here, but make sure your projects have business-visibility and an appropriate budget. For some, including myself, working in a highly distributed and culturally diverse environment is a bonus.

    Cons

    In general the business regards IT as simply an expense, to be minimised. This culture can lead to frustration for any ambitious IT staff in terms of project budgets, creative opportunities, renumeration and promotion prospects. IT management lacks direction, has low visibility, and staff turnover is high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the business and IT groups together. Exemplify the company values that you preach, or change the values. Spend more time travelling and meeting other employees.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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