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Updated April 14, 2018
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UBS Group CEO Sergio P. Ermotti
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Pros
  • Work-Life-Balance wird zusehends wichtiger (in 342 reviews)

  • good work environment, good internship (in 235 reviews)

Cons
  • Culture initiatives towards better work-life balance are still a challenge for the organization as a whole (in 108 reviews)

  • Long hours and often times high pressure (in 150 reviews)

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  1. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great opportunity to increase workload and fast track success

    Cons

    Growth appears to be a slower process


  2. "Mostly Great!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UBS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They care more about your deliveries and meeting milestones than watching the clock and offer lots of flexibility with working from home.
    Definitely foster an environment of continuous improvement and personal development.
    Very transparent with firm strategy

    Cons

    Often feels like the US region is regarded lower than EMEA and APAC when it comes to staff promotions and project prioritization.
    Some areas of the bank are very stressful to work in and you work almost in a state of fear, but this is not the norm.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good start but can do better"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Associate in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UBS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    it is a good start for graduates, can get deep touch with the real wall street life. Making people grow soon enough

    Cons

    They are shrinking their investment bank business, selling out the non-core business and back to their old way-wealth management after crisis. Business is no good as other bulge braket banks.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Risk Control"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UBS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good team dynamics, good knowledge base among coworkers

    Cons

    No pay raises, single digit bonus %, micromanaging by Zurich

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees in order to retain talent


  5. "Times have changed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UBS (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    hours; compensation; benefits; commuter benefits
    compensation
    benefits
    commuter benefits

    Cons

    negative vibe; budget constraints; small office
    budget constraints
    small office

    Advice to Management

    invest more in your people


  6. "Interesting opportunities, particularly if you can move where needed"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Director in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Internal mobility is encouraged. Plenty of opportunities across the board. Some fantastic managers who really respect results over flashy self-promotion.

    Cons

    Very few women in management positions. They have not completely learned their lesson from the 2008 debacle, and risk management accountability needs to start at the top.

    Advice to Management

    Address the male/female salary inequality at the Director level


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Hard on US employees; Firm still trying to figure it out since the crisis"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The firm can pay well if you are considered an "essential" employee. Very international team, and you certainly get the sense of working for a global firm.

    Cons

    The heart of the firm is a Swiss Bank. Once you've been there a few years, you'll discover that all employees are not equal; Swiss are treated well, everyone else in the US is good for as long as you might be useful. The Risk Control area is undergoing stringent cost cutting at risk of creating problems for tomorrow (they are definitely cutting well below in Risk vs. US firms), and good senior folks are being shown the door, while Swiss employees replacing US personnel at all levels on expat contracts.

    Be very careful about being a senior hire here. HR has fired numerous employees for "cause", usually on trumped up charges in order to avoid paying out deferred compensation and severance. This place is only as good as your last direct deposit.

    Advice to Management

    You need to value US employees, vs use them and lose them. Not sure why you continue to import Swiss "talent", other than to remove opportunities or jobs for more deserving and experienced US staff.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great company for entry level"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Operations in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Human Resources Operations in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Emphasis on internal mobility into other roles after ~1 year with the company (lateral moves though)
    - Younger work force (21 to 35 yrs old)
    - Opportunity for highly motivated individuals who do not need constant reassurance
    - Friendly colleagues/upbeat culture

    Cons

    - Starting salary tend to be below market value in HR
    - Pay increases tend to be on the low end unless you receive a rank promotion
    - Promotions and pay increases only occur once a year in an annual performance review period
    - Outdated technology
    - Terrible healthcare plan (bare minimum for vision/dental and high deductible for health)

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to be more proactive with promoting talent by being more involved with their middle management (line managers)'s staff (direct reports). Also, more entertainment employee perks to offset their horrible healthcare plan.


  9. "Good place to work at"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UBS full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work at

    Cons

    Management lacked observation and inspiration


  10. "Administrative Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Administrative Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome culture, decent benefits, flexible work hours depending on the time of the year.

    Cons

    Operations department is a mess and technology is lagging compared to other wire houses of similar size.

    Advice to Management

    The way operations is structured needs to be re-evaluated and restructured. The processing centers are carrying too much of a workload and it causes problems in the surrounding branches.


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