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UBS Overview
Zürich (Switzerland)
10000+ employees
Company - Public (UBS)
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Expert advice. Wealth management. Investment banking. Asset management. Retail banking in Switzerland. And all the background support. That's what we do. And we do it for private clients, institutions and corporations around the world.

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Mission: Together. That's how we do things. We offer talented people around the world a supportive, challenging and inclusive working environment in which passion, commitment and performance are valued and rewarded.

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Company Updates

  • UBS recognized by peers as Best Global Private Bank 2016 in Euromoney Private Banking Survey.

    UBS Wealth Management Awards 2016 | UBS Global topics

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  • We're thrilled to be the #2 ranked Ideal Employer amongst business students in Switzerland. We gained one rank compared to last year's results. Thanks to all students who believe in us! But not only that: UBS also ranks again in the top 10 most attractive employers for IT, law, and natural sciences students.

    Ihr Employer Branding Spezialist in der Schweiz und global.

    Universum ist ein unabhängiges Beratungsunternehmen und der globale Spezialist für Employer Branding. Seit über 25 Jahren unterstützt Universum Unternehmen dabei, ihre Arbeitgebermarke nachhaltig zu stärken und die richtigen Talente anzuziehen und zu binden. Über 1'200 Arbeitgeber nutzen das Angebot von Universum, bestehend aus Research, strategischer Beratung und Kommunikationslösungen.

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UBS – Why Work For Us?

Global financial advice and expertise that matters.

Individuals around the world look to UBS to provide them with the advice, expertise and opportunities they need to protect and grow their wealth.

Leading companies and institutions in more than 50 countries rely on our financial resources, expertise and infrastructure to help them grow their businesses, manage their risks and invest for the future.
In Switzerland, we fulfill every kind of banking and investment need, from savings and credit cards to mergers and acquisitions.

See how our unique global presence and capabilities can help you achieve your financial goals.

Corporate Governance

Our corporate governance principles are designed to support our objective of sustainable profitability, as well as to create value and protect the interests of our shareholders and other stakeholders.


UBS is subject to, and acts in compliance with, all relevant Swiss legal and regulatory requirements regarding Corporate governance, including the SIX Swiss Exchange’s (SIX) Directive on Information Relating to Corporate Governance, as well as the standards established in the Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance, including the appendix on executive compensation.
In addition, as a foreign company with shares listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), UBS is in compliance with all relevant corporate governance standards applicable to foreign private issuers.
UBS operates under a strict dual board structure, as mandated by Swiss banking law. The separation of responsibilities between the Board of Directors (BoD) and the Group Executive Board (GEB) is clearly defined in the Organization Regulations. The BoD decides on the strategy of the Group on recommendation by the Group Chief Executive Officer (Group CEO), and supervises and monitors the business, whereas the GEB, headed by the Group CEO, has executive management responsibility. The functions of Chairman of the BoD and Group CEO are assigned to two different people, ensuring a separation of power. This structure establishes checks and balances and preserves the institutional independence of the BoD from the day-to-day management of the Group, for which responsibility is delegated to the GEB under the leadership of the Group CEO. No member of one board may simultaneously be a member of the other.

As a company, we've got a lot going for us. We are a truly global firm with a superior client franchise and highly motivated employees who deliver consistently great service to clients. What's the key to our success? We work hard to hire very talented people, help them grow, and empower them to use their unique skills to build our businesses. And, our employees know they can build interesting careers here, thanks to our dynamic culture, global reach and a host of opportunities.

Our workforce
With a broad range of businesses (and offices in 52 countries!) we're clearly global. But at the same time, we're truly local. We respect the cultures of the countries in which we operate, and we are actively engaged – as individuals and as a firm – in improving our local communities.
All of our businesses want to hire and retain a diverse range of highly qualified people. We are an equal opportunity employer; having the right people (in the right roles, at the right time) helps us excel now and prepare for future growth. 
We want our people to have many opportunities to grow their careers here, and we fully support them in changing roles because:
  • Job mobility builds relationships across businesses and helps people better develop (and use) their skills.
  • Deeper skills enable better client service and support long-term client satisfaction.
Fast facts: In 2016, Switzerland was our largest cross-border importer of employees; China was our largest exporter. Altogether, 1,005 employees switched to a job in another business division; 505 changed regions. And, 18,386 employees spent 155,325 hours volunteering. Here are some other key facts about us:
Our workforce at at glance
*Calculated on / as of 31.12.16 on a headcount basis of 60,785 unless specified to be on a full-time equivalent (FTE) basis, where we include proportionate numbers of part-time employees.

Our culture

Our culture is an important part of our strategy, because we believe that companies with strong, productive corporate cultures outperform those without.

We have a unique culture, and it's a winning one. Sustainability thrives on consistency, and how we accomplish our goals is as important as what we achieve. That's why a few years ago we integrated specific behavior expectations into our business and HR practices (including leadership training, recruiting and performance evaluations). We call them our three keys to success – and we recognize (and celebrate!) culture-building efforts through a variety of initiatives like our Group Franchise Awards.

Great results rely on accountability and strong leaders. To help our leaders understand what we expect of them, we created The UBS House View on Leadership. We ask everyone in a management role to champion these qualities and to reflect them in their hiring, development and promotion decisions. We've also embedded the House View into our promotion, hiring and development processes.

In our daily work, good leadership helps maximize the benefits of diverse teams. We therefore help managers (for example, through training to reduce unconscious bias) become more inclusive leaders as they make decisions about roles, assignments, working arrangements, promotions and performance evaluations.

Read more about the role of diversity and inclusion in our culture.

Managing a high-performing workforce

Clearly, managing our people well is key for our long-term success. Personal accountability and effective HR processes mean that teams and businesses perform better, individuals can advance in their careers, and ultimately, the firm can deliver its strategy.

Our global performance management process has for many years evaluated both performance and behavior. Employees even receive two separate ratings in their year-end evaluations. This helps all of us take a close look at how well integrity, collaboration and challenge (the firm's expected behaviors) are demonstrated in daily business activities. It also makes our management, promotion and reward processes more transparent.

Our commitment to employees

Our employees are the key to our long-term success, so we want to be an attractive, responsible and supportive employer. Our HR policies and processes reflect our commitment to a non-discriminating, harassment-free workplace, and our culture, working environment, benefits and employee programs help us hire, develop and retain high-quality employees who make a difference for clients, colleagues and the world around them.

All of our employees can take advantage of market-competitive benefits tailored to their location that include, for example, health care, pension / retirement benefits, family and personal leaves and flexible working options. Our benefits are designed to enhance employees’ work experiences and help them manage their personal and professional lives. As a result, they're often better than what's required by local law or market practices. For example:

  • Swiss employees can request Time Flex (teleworking, part time or job-sharing arrangements) and begin partial retirement starting at 58. In the UK and US, a variety of part time, flexible, job sharing and home-working options are available to employees, if their roles are amenable.
  • US and Puerto Rico employees can take four weeks of paid Family Care Leave per calendar year to care for a spouse, domestic partner, child, parent, grandparent, or sibling with a serious health condition.
  • A new parent coaching program in the US supports parents (either first-timers or those adding to their families) with one-on-one personalized coaching. Licensed coaches give practical parenting advice and help facilitate smooth transitions – from when leave begins through workplace re-entry.
  • Eligible employees in the UK can request Shared Parental Leave, an initiative introduced by the UK Government in 2015 to provide flexibility and equality to the traditional set-up of maternity leave.

We also encourage our employees to make a difference in their local communities by offering them up to two working days a year to volunteer. 

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    Great brand. Generally friendly culture. Excellent place to develop professional skills. Mostly satisfied to have spent a few years here early in my career.


    Low growth environment. Career advancement largely driven by personnel changes above you. Very bureaucratic. Hard to see promising long-term career prospects here, unless you're okay with just waiting to see if you catch a fortunate break.

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UBS Interviews



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    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at UBS (Nashville, TN).


    I applied for the business analyst position and was told someone would contact me. A few weeks later, I applied for a different position and was quickly contacted by a man who said I was a good fit for a third position. The interview was actually two interviews, back to back, with two different people for two different positions (this was not explained to me). The first man I never heard anything from, and the second woman contacted me right away to move on in the process. A few days later I had a phone interview with her NY supervisor.

    Eventually the recruiter called to offer me the job. He was very aggressive in Salary negotiation and wanted a "gentleman's handshake" that I would accept the job before getting off the phone.

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UBS Awards & Accolades

  • Ideal Employer - Global Top 10, eFinancial Careers, 2016
  • Best Global Private Bank 2016, Euromoney, 2016
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, 2015
  • The World's Most Attractive Employers, Universum, 2015
  • Best Global Private Bank, Euromoney, 2014
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