UBS Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Great Company!

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

    I have been working at UBS full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, great culture, fun social events for employees and generous vacation days

    Cons

    long hours during busy time like every other financial institution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    base promotions solely off of merit; remove time limit rule.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Wealth Management

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

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

    Pros

    There was a great environment. Everyone was willing to help out and be productive for the greater good of the clients. All the people in the office were very helpful.

    Cons

    There were some poor sections like the fact that each group is run pretty much independently and there was some cross-section among the groups so there was no synergies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Big, broad, bureaucracy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Weehawken, NJ
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Weehawken, NJ

    I have been working at UBS full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large enough to have areas of interest for any employee, sitting on large excess capital base so the bank will never fail, if you can make your boss look good, you will do well.

    Cons

    Not an innovator, late to any trends in the markets, then pay top dollar for asset acquisitions, leading to inevitable failure. Regularly cited by regulatory agencies for unethical violations, senior management came from Merrill Lynch, and continue to have that old Wall St mentality of pushing high cost, high margin products across the board. Despite this, the bank fails to grow (+2% yoy top line growth) forcing regular headcount reductions to grow bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A bank can grow and still be ethical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Excellent

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

    I worked at UBS

    Pros

    I found UBS a place that presented the opportunity to grow if you were willing to put in the time. I appreciated feeling free to bring ideas too the table. Even if they weren't accepted having the option of being heard was a privilege.
    I always felt like part of a team.

    Cons

    Unfortunately when you work for a big company, budgetary problems, have you seem as part of a group. Rather than an individual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know UBS demands the upmost in professional workers.
    Please look at them more individually rather than a department . I was a dedicated employee and appreciated my time.
    Any training invested in me was never wasted. I would have stayed there forever, It may be impossible for me to come back , but I am sure there are many workers with the same attitude as I. I hope they continue to be employees of UBS.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Couldn't be happier

    • 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

    Pros

    Friendly work environment with strong leadership

    Cons

    I do not have any at this time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Great experience for a financial intern

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

    I worked at UBS

    Pros

    Good entry level internship for the financial industry. An internship here will help you decide if becoming a financial advisor is for you.

    Cons

    The cold calling can get down right monotonous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New marketing techniques and more options for interns to talk to warm leads.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful

    Flexibility at the cost of advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Director in Stamford, CT

    I worked at UBS full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule
    People don't kill themselves with work, slow motion operation.
    Decent worker bees wanting to do good work and trying to do the right things.

    Cons

    Too much managing up the ladder
    Constant mgmt reorganization, most projects could be labeled "mgmt recycling programs"
    Poor communication to staff
    Annual employee survey (Pulse) results get worse every year. They resort to begging people to complete them.
    Employee morale at all time low.
    All the good people have left.
    Incompetent upper managers: Peter Principle exemplified.
    Annual job reviews are a joke. Forced rankings: you are forced to put people in the "needs improvement" category regardless of whether they deserve it. Those poor souls get $0 bonus, $0 raises and or fired.
    Project planning/funding process is hopelessly broken.
    Over outsourced, 70+% of IT is gone and along with them is all their knowledge of how things get done. The result is that everything takes forever to get done.

    Constant media attention on illegal activities and huge fines, never ending.
    Your friends will say: "why do you still work there?"
    Benefit plans get worse every year, less benefits for more money.
    Less contribution to employee retirement accounts.
    Reduction in severance packages, indicative of headcount reduction plans.
    Moving jobs to "low cost" areas (Nashville) comes with 20% salary decrease and no re-location expense help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the comments from the Pulse surveys and actually do something to address issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Going through a change

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trader in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Trader in New York, NY

    I have been working at UBS full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The firm has a clear picture of where they want their Investment Bank to go and what it is should look like in the future. A large restructuring has reduced the fat in the upper management. It flows like a pyramid now, not like an upside down one.

    Cons

    Benefits are weak compared to other. Resources are limited and technology is outdated. There is still a little challenge with the transition, some employees are fighting the change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over communicate the plan. Be open to new ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Solid banking experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBS

    Pros

    Good networking opportunities and fantastic experience for aspiring bankers; constant exposure to upper management figures during internship

    Cons

    Extreme work hours, difficult to find work-life balance; hyper-competition may make career prospects difficult

  11. Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBS

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    None keep up the good work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None keep up the good wprk

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