UBS Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
1,351 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  

    wonderful co-workers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, ME

    I worked at UBS full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Vacation time is good, benefits are good. Some of the people are great.

    Cons

    they do not value their employees. Loyalty is a thing of the past -layers of management is staggering. mistrustful environment, no pay raises for 3 years. Local management is weak, change their minds all of the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more aware of your branch management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great summer experience

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    Current Employee - Summer Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Location of office and work culture were great. I liked the way UBS treated their employees and how they went about their business.

    Cons

    Sometimes there was never a set schedule and i didnt know what to do but that makes it better as an intern to go find something to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    UBS Environement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBS

    Pros

    The culture is amazing, and very open to new things. Many people are eager to teach. It is a Global firm so if you do well and get approved you can travel to different locations.

    Cons

    Sometimes the depending on the job things get repetitive. If you are someone who does not like to network you may not do as well and are less likely to move up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It ended poorly

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    Former Employee - Associate Director  in  Weehawken, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Weehawken, NJ

    I worked at UBS full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    strong compant with global presence

    Cons

    too much offshoring causing a loss of talent that is still needed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cost cutting mey be important but not at the loss of talent that can be used elsewhere in the firm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Solid Internship Experience

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    Former Employee - Financial Advisor  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Nashville, TN

    I worked at UBS as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good opportunities to learn from experienced FA's; most were very open-door and willing to educate on the industry. Access to lots of good information for equity research. In general, the people and organizational structures were positive and made for a good internship.

    Cons

    Though not unique for the industry, I felt like the sales aspect took a much bigger priority than the actual financial management and investment decisions. My workload was pretty inconsistent, but this is not uncommon for internships and depends heavily on which FA's you work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish some more concrete procedures for internships

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Run as fast as you can!

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    Current Employee - Risk Manager  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Risk Manager in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    Work life balance. That's the only thing I could think of!

    Cons

    Layoffs every quarter, they have lost their best employees, no job security, no travel and trainings.
    Right now there is very low morale among the employees. They are tying to move everyone to Nashville and hiring all the new positions there.
    Most people have got no raises from years and also bonus is as good as none.
    Good work is no longer valued and they are frequent management changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. You can run a successful business with a very low employee morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Fulfilling

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    Former Employee - Trader  in  Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Trader in Stamford, CT

    I worked at UBS full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Associate camaraderie, above average benefits

    Cons

    Pay, hours, demanding culture required

  9.  

    Program Manager/Recruiter

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    Former Employee - Program Manager/Recruitier  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Manager/Recruitier in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I helped run a great Internship program for Equities traders in Stamford CT and NYC. The workers are friendly and the pay was great. It is an global company so one always had the opportunity to move to other countries. It is a global company.

    Cons

    Due to the sub prime market the global company UBS was laying off due to head count to balance the books.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Institutional Wealth Management Intern

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    Current Employee - Institutional Wealth Management Intern  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Institutional Wealth Management Intern in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    amazing office, extremely friendly and intelligent co-workers. UBS was very dedicated to making sure that the interns were actually going to learn something - so much so that we were required to be getting college credit. It really added to my experience and I believe I left with much more knowledge of the financial industry than I came in with.

    Cons

    Since it was largely a learning experience that was more listening than doing, we didn't get too much hands-on experience if that makes sense. It's a really large company so often times the interns find themselves with nothing to do. But there's always a meeting or something you could sit in on - I wish I had done this more! Also unpaid.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Behind the times and pretty much controlled from Switzerland.

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    Current Employee - Compliance Analyst  in  Weehawken, NJ
    Current Employee - Compliance Analyst in Weehawken, NJ

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

    Pros

    Cheap 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.

    Cons

    NonProfessional
    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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