UBS Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
1,366 Reviews
3.4
1,366 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - FICC Sales and Trading  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - FICC Sales and Trading in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at UBS as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay is good, some people are very nice. Notice: some is the keyword

    Cons

    Work was mundane and unrealistic. I hated banking after the internship. Nothing like i thought. One of my bosses was an idiot who does not understand maths and wanted a naive tool to make money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a grip. Not impressed with the scandals that were going on at the time (libor fixing and rogue trading)

  2.  

    Job at UBS was okay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBS

    Pros

    My co-workers were nice. When I had questions they would answer them and operations was very helpful.

    Cons

    Constant micromanagement. I would be given very little instruction and was expected to know everything with minimal instruction.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overly hierarchical, filled w politics, intrigue, deceit and resistant to change, so /so compensation / fringe benefits

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    Former Employee - Communications Team Head  in  Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Communications Team Head in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at UBS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very international (but still very Swiss),

    Cons

    Bad, uncooperative internal climate very emotionally draining, filled with (well-protected) crooks, little real transparency or respect for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start actually looking after your employees, stop looking for ways to cheat and break laws in the interest of lucrative mandates, improve your employee engagement by offering more honesty and transparency and less hierarchy and nepotism, dramatically improve the diversity of your middle and upper management!

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    challenging but great exposure

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at UBS full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great career development and offer opportunities for internal transferral

    Cons

    too large the organization, takes time to understand the specific responsibility of each team in a department

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Duct-taped conglomeration of mediocrity

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    Former Employee - Associate Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at UBS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of beaurocracy and hand-waving to hide behind and do your own thing without much scrutiny.

    Cons

    Impossible to actually get anything done of substance since all the real talent eventually leaves. Mediocre talent, too much focus on sales and less on substance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire top investment people, give them autonomy to build businesses, pay their people, and recreate a good culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Associate Analyst

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    Former Employee - Associate Analyst  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at UBS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    no sales targets or other craps

    Cons

    UBS in Shanghai uses Wipro as outsourcing. Indian heads suck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise your salary so that you could safely keep persons who are really good at finance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    it was ok but could had been better

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBS

    Pros

    loved my FAs and hours

    Cons

    too many turn overs at the firm

  9.  

    Management

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Analyst in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at UBS as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the people I met there and the great network that was brought with it. Location and management were also superb.

    Cons

    There really aren't too many negative aspects of working at UBS. People are smart, work hard, and managers don't micromanage. Hours can occasionally be long.. but it's the nature of the game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Software Engineers are ignored.

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    Current Employee - Non Officer  in  Weehawken, NJ
    Current Employee - Non Officer in Weehawken, NJ

    I have been working at UBS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The only pro is work life balance. For the most part you won't have a heavy work load.

    Cons

    Too many managers. Too much involvement of Business in technical decisions. Most of the business people don't have any idea about technology but have a huge say in how an application should be designed. Software engineers who actually build these applications have no respect. Business managers and Program managers take all the credit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you really want your IT to make some money for your Business. Get rid of 5 managers and 2 developers strategy. You don't need 5 program/project managers for 1 project.

  11.  

    Large corporate, they have the infrastructure to do a lot, but sometimes that can take awhile. (TPS Reports)

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    Former Employee - Client Service Associate  in  Weehawken, NJ
    Former Employee - Client Service Associate in Weehawken, NJ

    I worked at UBS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with, very customer focused and high energy. Many opportunities for training, growth, and movement throughout the company. Benefits and worklife balance are truly outstanding.

    Cons

    Jobs can be menial, repetitive, and tedious (dealing with the general public who feels entitled). Change is almost impossible to effect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency is the reason I left. I was being groomed for leadership, but was given no indication of when this might happen. A new opportunity came along, and I put in my two weeks the day they transferred my boss to a new department (opening a gap I was likely shaped to fill).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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