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UBS Reviews in Weehawken, NJ

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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2.8 110 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

UBS CEO Sergio P. Ermotti

Sergio P. Ermotti

(12 ratings)

39% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Authorized Officer position

    Authorized Officer (Current Employee) Weehawken, NJ

    ProsLot of exposure, interesting people to work with

    Consvery hierarchical environment, but overall there are few cons. You do need to be very smart to succeed. There are no shortcuts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot much. it is an excellent culture

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    It ended poorly

    Associate Director (Former Employee) Weehawken, NJ

    Prosstrong compant with global presence

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementCost cutting mey be important but not at the loss of talent that can be used elsewhere in the firm

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Experience

    Data Analyst (Current Employee) Weehawken, NJ

    ProsGreat work culture and enviroment.

    ConsTemps aren't given enough credit.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Behind the times and pretty much controlled from Switzerland.

    Compliance Analyst (Current Employee) Weehawken, NJ

    ProsCheap 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.

    ConsNonProfessional
    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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Opportunity

    Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) Weehawken, NJ

    ProsGreat Benefits in the company

    Constechnology needs to be updated

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter training is needed especially in social skills, and empathy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Global Change Controll consultant

    Change Control Analyst (Former Employee) Weehawken, NJ

    ProsGreat team, great location and work life balance

    ConsHigh turn over within the company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    not fullfilling

    Trade Support Analyst (Current Employee) Weehawken, NJ

    Prosdepending on the individual, you may learn something. And this is putting it lightly

    Consvery difficult people to work with, very aggressive. They only focus on numbers and cost cutting initiatives

    Advice to Senior Managementcompensation and growing your talent is the most important aspect of a company's health.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall good, but not a place to stay long-term

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Weehawken, NJ

    ProsThe vacation policy and benefits are some of the best I've seen. People in the sales and product organizations are no nonsense, straight shooters who are also very friendly. The have a respected brand name and the most productive Advisors on the street.

    ConsThe home office has become a politically-driven, bureaucratic mess. Managers are required to force-rank employees by titles even though functional roles may be completely different. This causes a lot of infighting as people vie for an ever dwindling piece of the bonus pie. They are also looking to define a culture in an industry where competitors already have clearly established cultures.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to absolute rankings and really coach your employees for sucess instead of paying it lip service.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I worked in several different areas of corporate and marketing communications.

    Executive Director, Marketing (Current Employee) Weehawken, NJ

    ProsI had a long, fulfilling career at UBS (and the former PaineWebber) and was consistently promoted and given progressively more responsibilities for most of my tenure there.

    ConsA management change in 2009 brought in an executive team from Merrill Lynch. After that, the culture shifted to recruiting from outside, particularly Merrill alums, instead of promoting from within.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize that UBS continues to have bright, talented people despite their association with the prior management team, which the new team understandably criticized when they joined. The people they are recruiting from other firms are not necessarily smarter or more talented -- they simply lack the perceived "taint" of the old management team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    analyst

    Analyst (Current Employee) Weehawken, NJ

    Prosclose to my house save on gas and short commute

    Conslayoffs layoffs layoff s outsourcing to TN

    Advice to Senior Managementwhen will the layoffs end ….. constant working maneuvering behind the scenes by management they don't tell you whats going on but they know one day you walk in and they inform you your job has been eliminated

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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