UBS Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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UBS Group CEO Sergio P. Ermotti
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Pros
  • work-life balance; office culture; staff education (in 152 reviews)

  • Friendly and helpful work environment (in 80 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is appalling if one wishes to get promoted (in 30 reviews)

  • Too much senior management changes (in 54 reviews)

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  1. Great place to evolve

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Developer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Intern - Software Developer in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to intern, limitless options to evolve and get to know new roles.

    Cons

    Innovation is not yet taking completely seriourly by senior management, especially from a technical point of view.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate


  2. Senior BA DWH

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior BA in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Senior BA in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at UBS

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent working atmosphere, working from home - challenging tasks

    Cons

    Outsourcing geographically to Poland and to external partners; daily rate on downslide

    Advice to Management

    Keep the key knowledge and the best people.


  3. UBS Operations

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Securities Specialist in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Securities Specialist in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at UBS part-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good bank, high level of competence in the backoffice

    Cons

    Strong focus on front units, working in backoffice is not really satisfying any more

    Advice to Management

    Show more respect to the people who do the a good job in the background


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  5. Former Software Engineer at UBS

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Authorized Officer, Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Authorized Officer, Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at UBS part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    High salary, Good work-life balance, Flexible to work at home/office, Supports students which are graduating

    Cons

    Too many hierarchies, Their performance evaluation method


  6. Trade and Processing Specialist

    Former Employee - Lead Trade and Processing Specialist in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Lead Trade and Processing Specialist in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at UBS (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked with a really good group of people that made it a pleasurable experience. Everyone worked well together and was very supportive towards each other.

    Cons

    Some of the positions are being outsourced.

    Advice to Management

    Good managers are good communicators. We've all heard about managers who keep their staff in the dark but people don't respond to that kind of leadership. Meeting regularly on a one-to-one and team meeting basis, and ensuring that everyone knows their role and what is expected of them will improve the performance of each individual.


  7. Ups and downs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at UBS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    UBS is well-known international company with some great people and interesting scope of work across the bank. Its dynamic environment can definietely help you to grow as professional

    Cons

    UBS sometimes seems to be so fixed on cost cutting that does not actual costs of letting decent people go causing unbearable amount of work

    Advice to Management

    Management should be more open to appreciate employees that are giving their best and try to keep these people in their structures even by the cost of 20-30% salary increase. Which, considering employees with low salaries is not that much.


  8. Great company with many carreer opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at UBS

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    diverse, international company with many career opportunities

    Cons

    corporate environment, not everyone's cup of tea


  9. Senior Portfolio Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at UBS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Base Pay and Pension Fund. Global Footprint with very international work force.Very strong Wealth Management platform but weak Investment Bank.

    Cons

    Highly political. Forced Ranking employee evaluation system leads to everybody compeeting with each other. 20% of your peer group (by rank) has to get a 4 or 5 mark (1 being the best). Two times 4 and u are fired. This is actively used to get rid of people. Also you better get out before you are approaching 50 as those people are dumped by the truck load as well (to expensive given Swiss pension system). Loads of legacy issues from past 'sins' eat up big part of the groups profits in fines year by year with no end in sight. As a result relentless cost cutting and outsourcing

    Advice to Management

    Become a bit more Swiss and less Anglosaxon in culture.


  10. Senior Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at UBS full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Bright and highly motivated colleagues at every level.
    Many opportunities in various locations and in many potential areas of interest.

    Cons

    Old fashioned personnel management structures, processes and practices. Frequent reorganisations coupled with aggressive outsourcing/low-cost location programs leave people wondering about their futures.

    Advice to Management

    - Overhaul/replace dated performance management processes PMM.
    - Admit to forced ranking or don't practice it.
    - Show employees how they're organisation fits into the big picture today and is planned to evolve for future models. And, of course, what that will mean to teams and people.


  11. Director

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at UBS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    good infrastructure
    smart people around me
    decent salary

    Cons

    performance assessment system unfair
    chaotic organisation due to global set up
    people do not count, only management objectives

    Advice to Management

    listen to your team, don't stick to stupid mechanisms and your personal commitments



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