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UBS Reviews in Zürich

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
1,343 Reviews

3.4
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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  

    PM at UBS

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Zürich (Switzerland)

    Pros

    Greate freedom during work. lots of responsability. work at home. nice co workers. no fix start time for being at work.

    Cons

    Compesation is not good. end of year rating process sucks. they have fix rates of good or bad performar and a very low promotion rate. so you have to wait long for a change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    exciting challenging work, very professional management and staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Zürich (Switzerland)

    Pros

    Full of interesting and challenging projects, and technology was surprisingly quite up to date for such a large bank.
    Very professional staff and atmosphere, even during the phase when I worked there which coincided with a very difficult economic climate, and the fallout from their US crisis.
    Opportunities to move laterally into banking if one wishes.
    Zurich is a fantastic city in which to live and work.

    Cons

    not a lot.
    I brought a young family, and I suppose integrating within Swiss community was the main difficulty.

  3.  

    Great company that takes care of their people

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    Former Employee - Allround Trainee  in  Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Allround Trainee in Zürich (Switzerland)

    Pros

    UBS does really consider your career and tries to help you advance.

    Cons

    Sometimes challenging to cooperate with very competitive co-workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great learning experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist  in  Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Zürich (Switzerland)

    Pros

    Good level of pay, relatively easy to transfer across departments and lots of opportunities to develop your career. Pretty good perks like free banking and long paid maternity leave

    Cons

    42 hr week is standard working hours, promotions are often down to your ability to network more so than performance. They dont treat people well when outsourcing functions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outsourcing IT technical support has been a failure. Very poor level of service

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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    Current Employee - Associate Director, Risk Manager  in  Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Risk Manager in Zürich (Switzerland)

    Pros

    very high standards, professional, willing to improve

    Cons

    Work a lot, very high pressure, fix salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue so

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Satisfactory

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    Former Employee - IT Security Specialist  in  Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - IT Security Specialist in Zürich (Switzerland)

    Pros

    Career progression and the exposure

    Cons

    Stress on the objectives regardless of resources

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Peter Principle in Practise

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Zürich (Switzerland)

    Pros

    - Loads of work, due to cost-cutting mess
    - Good career stepping stone

    Cons

    - Technically illiterate senior management
    - IT best practise jetisoned in the name of cost-cutting
    - Hiring process is too long, lose best applicants due to dithering
    - Too many mediocre/poor staff as cannot attract or retain quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I found it common that my peers would put their own career before the good of their department or their staff. Treading on the shoulders of their staff to stuff their pockets come bonus time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Senior Software Developer

    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Zürich (Switzerland)

    Pros

    Good salary, highly technical content. The systems involved are complex and require lots of care since there's many touch points between systems.

    Cons

    Projects in banking are not the most exciting.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cultural Downward Drift

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    Former Employee - Business Manager  in  Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Zürich (Switzerland)

    Pros

    UBS still pays ok salaries. Global company that gives you a lot of international exposure. Although shrinking still among the top players in the financial industry.

    Cons

    Unclear strategy, hard to understand for customers and staff. A loss of culture along their way meddling through the crisis. Management is aware, but clueless how to go about it. They offer mandatory 'good behavior' classes, but do not lead by example nor reward 'good behavior'. They promote an open whistle blower culture, but fire people for being direct and open. A lot of things are micro-managed from the top, even high-ranked senior executives have little to say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example rather than send out memos.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large company with large variety of jobs

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    Current Employee - Collateral  in  Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Collateral in Zürich (Switzerland)

    Pros

    Easy to find new career opportunities

    Cons

    Can become frustrating as you are just one small piece in the puzzle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give young inexperienced employees more of a chance to prove themselves in roles that require "more experience". Give them a chance by throwing them into the cold water and mentor them appropriately.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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