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UBS Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
1,445 Reviews
3.4
1,445 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • THe work life balance is good but might get stressed during the deal season (in 152 reviews)

  • Work environment is friendly, co worrkers always helpful and management always involved (in 80 reviews)


Cons
  • Working hours are abit too long and I find it hard to get a work life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • Priorities of the business kept changing and senior management did not seem to have a vision (in 54 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    On a down hill

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director - IT in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Associate Director - IT in Stamford, CT

    I worked at UBS full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Used to have Great people in technology. Been in other big banks no where it matches what UBS had in 2007-2008.

    Cons

    Post 2012 IT is complete mess, Fixed income managers who are in Equities now just made this place hell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you restructure one department make sure it does not impact other business lines in IT. Just because some got promoted to MDs during fake Fixed Income billions they just dont qualify to run Equities which is far more competitive business compared to cowboy style Fixed Income IT. Now after winding Fixed Income portfolio's you made those heading FI IT as head of equities they just scared good people out and now you have no one to run your show.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Average Corporate Job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Trainee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Graduate Trainee in Stamford, CT

    I worked at UBS full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fair compensation, great focus on new employees

    Cons

    force you to work where they want you to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give more power to the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UBS full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fantastic training. Training was extensive and there was great attention to detail since this industry is so heavily regulated. Anytime you had a question or needed help the supervisor's had an open door.

    Cons

    Long hours highly competitive highly sales driven no incentives had to arrive daily at 6:00 am and stay evening until 7:30 pm...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enhance motivational tactics

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Work environment is friendly, co worrkers always helpful and management always involved. There is always room for growth and employment advancement. Benefits/vacation are great.

    Cons

    Low pay they don't seem to want to compete for great staff to keep them. Technology obsolete and behind the times.
    Systems crash continuously meaning down time and poor client service. Every upgrade comes with more crashes and headaches.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Investment Associate UBS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBS

    Pros

    good team, nice people and

    Cons

    bad pay, not a lot of challenge

  7.  

    Mediocre at best.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weehawken, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weehawken, NJ

    I worked at UBS full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, relaxed atmosphere and dress code, client-centric, decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Poor bonus structure, below average people, massive bureaucracy, low employee morale, high degree of resistance to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get leaner. The bureaucracy is far worse than other bulge brackets of similar or greater size. Leadership at the top can be very inspirational, but they need a way for this to filter down to employees who are below the level of Executive Director. Find better ways to develop and retain young talent or the future will be quite bleak. The HR Department may be one of the worst I have seen in the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    didn't too a whole lot

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - UBS Wealth Management Intern in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - UBS Wealth Management Intern in Stamford, CT

    I worked at UBS as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    very easy, research essentially makes all your decisions for you

    Cons

    no room for creativity or initiative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    develop a better training program

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Laid back, not much to learn

    Current Employee - Wealth Management in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Wealth Management in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UBS as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Particularly good for interns as people are very friendly and environment is laid back. They will try to accommodate with your schedule and make sure everything fits well. Management is very caring.

    Cons

    Opportunities to learn are low as wealth managers are very busy. Most of what interns do is administrative work and that gets old very fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create a program around interns

  10.  

    Equity Strategist Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Equity Strategist in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Equity Strategist in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at UBS as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Job fairly limited due to the restrictions from the Swiss gorvernment, 42H a week.
    Relaxed and helpful environment.
    Competitive intern salary (and good starting salary for graduates).
    Gives a broad based exposure to the asset management industry.

    Cons

    Not a structured program and little exposure to other intern events.
    Don't have a graduate program within asset management that one can get an offer to.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Learn a lot beyond class

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBS

    Pros

    Learn to be independent and motivated

    Cons

    It needs time to get familiar with the complicated system there

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