UBS Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. AD

    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work environment year over year

    Cons

    Lack of compensation year over year

  2. wealth management ghetto

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

    I worked at UBS full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -People outside the industry respect the name for whatever reason
    -Gallows humor

    Cons

    -Cross selling BS mortgages and credit cards required by management (no one entered this industry to do that)
    -working for FAs, yet reporting to incompetent management makes no sense
    -no career path, either wait around decades for your advisors book or become an FA yourself
    -REQUIRED to keep your account with them, while they are uncompetitive even with employee discounts
    -one scandal/lawsuit after another (like clockwork! You know those Swiss!)
    -too cheap to spend on the hardware/software that could enable a much leaner organization and save incredible amounts of time and effort
    -real secretaries/assistants are required but nonexistant

    Advice to Management

    Have fun with all these big teams you assemble go independent because your 50% revenue cut doesn't even begin to offer enough value and they now have the critical mass of AUM to go solo.

  3. Intern

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at UBS as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Competitive atmosphere, access to great resources.

    Cons

    Stuffy, sometimes difficult with management

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  5. Great people environment!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at UBS (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people environment
    Strong brand name

    Cons

    Too many changes since the global financial crisis

    Advice to Management

    Avoid making too many changes too frequently

  6. oracle developer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBS

    Pros

    They use most up-to-date technology

    Cons

    Working from us is not fun as most people will be in uk

  7. UHNW WEALTH MANAGEMENT - BRAZIL DESK

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBS

    Pros

    International bank, net-working and respected bank

    Cons

    hierarchy, not flexíble with clients and employes

  8. Helpful (1)

    Decent company but difficult time to be in finance, major focus on costs but good company overall.

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

    I have been working at UBS full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global reach & recognition, varied career opportunities, mostly fair compensation though very dependent on division & specific area

    Cons

    Lack of focus on development, major focus on costs, volatility in many businesses

  9. Helpful (1)

    Associate

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

    I worked at UBS full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    relatively nicer colleagues compared to other IB

    Cons

    bonus is way too small. many talented people left for that.

    Advice to Management

    some talented junior employees need to be compensated well. otherwise in order to retain them

  10. Helpful (1)

    Attracting and retaining exceptional talent is lower priority than pleasing shareholders and cutting costs.

    • 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 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Global company. Ability to work with many people from around the world every day. Many opportunities to learn new skills. Coworkers are very pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    The culture has shifted from a collaborative and can-do attitude to one of a can't-do mentality due to significantly reduced teams having to continuously say "we don't have the resources" and "we need more funding". New organizational structure within corporate center division affecting thousands of staff. Minimal support for new organizational structure. Minimal evidence of benefits for new organizational structure. Repetitive head-count reductions. Compensation and benefits below the average of peers.

    Advice to Management

    When making very large organizational changes that affect most people in the organization, the best way to ensure success is to invest a great deal of time and effort to get the staff onboard with the change, help them clearly understand the benefits and visualize a better future ahead.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Client Reporting Analyst

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

    I worked at UBS as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere. Extremely helpful and encouraging towards employee growth. High communication across multiple levels of employees. Very diverse and growing. Allows opportunities to those that most companies would pass on.

    Cons

    Workload can sometimes be overwhelming.

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