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Updated November 17, 2018
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  • "It’s hard to strike a good work life balance" (in 114 reviews)

  • "Long hours with small social life" (in 164 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Registered Client Service Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBS full-time

    Pros

    This was a good firm with a great staff. Nice workplace that, although busy and stressful most of the time, it was an enjoyable experience with great people and if I didn't have to relocate I would still be there,

    Cons

    Was difficult getting help from Operations as they were always in meetings or on conference calls. Very strict corporate policies, by the book with no room for mistakes.


  2. "Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Registered Senior Client Associate
    Current Employee - Registered Senior Client Associate
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UBS full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The culture is great especially compared to other firms I have worked at. UBS management strives to make an environment where employees interact in a friendly way.

    Cons

    Compensation is good but not great. Expectations can be very high of support staff.

    Advice to Management

    Support staff often gets assigned additional duties above and beyond their job description. Sometimes this is an unavoidable part of business but be careful not to burn out your employees.

  3. "Associate director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UBS full-time

    Pros

    Great culture at the firm

    Cons

    Systems aren’t very good


  4. "Summer Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay
    good work life balance

    Cons

    ubs was in the city so alot of traffic

    Advice to Management

    none


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Decent place, but concerning future"

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    Former Employee - Compliance in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Compliance in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible work/life balance. For Nashville employees, the job functions are unique to the area and definitely look good on a resume. It’s interesting work that makes you feel meaningful in the industry. Great place for a college kid to put some stuff on their resume. Generally very nice people around the office.

    Cons

    Pay below industry standard. The age old, gotta kiss up to move up applies significantly here. There is a large gap and disconnect between employees and management. Morale is not the greatest across the board, from Stamford to New York to Weehawken to even Nashville. There was a concentrated effort to keep the morale in Nashville high for a few years, which gave way to typical corporate disconnect from above. Sitting in a town hall and listening to a senior manager brag about his juiced up car was a disgrace. There is a lot of turnover, from very senior management down to entry level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Have to start listening instead of talking. People are leaving for pay increases that are sometimes more than 50% what they’re making at UBS.


  6. "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UBS full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Allow work from home.

    Cons

    Management does not communicate with the employees


  7. "Client Service Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, generally nice people

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth

  8. "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UBS full-time

    Pros

    Exciting and challenging work environment. Intellectual capital utilized to peak efficiency.

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than industry standard for similar roles.


  9. "Quality people, but very bureaucratic"

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    Current Employee - Risk Management Specialist in Weehawken, NJ
    Current Employee - Risk Management Specialist in Weehawken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    hiring process is rigorous, resulting in generally very high-quality coworkers

    Cons

    1. Very poor IT culture outside of R&D and cutting edge investments. If you see a very simple change that raises work quality, reduces errors, saves money and reduces employee frustration, chances are slim to none that it will ever come to pass.

    2. High quality employees will burn out and leave from frustration once realizing that their tactic in many areas is to take advantage of ambitious, driven professionals by overworking them at the expense of their work-life balance rather than acting on even the simplest opportunities to improve the process and infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    Launch a dedicated Operations Improvement Team, who not only supports the design of improved workflows and infrastructure that is led by the day-to-day team (i.e. vs flawed designs created in a vacuum and then handed to the day-to-day team). This team should also (and this is crucial) provide the headcount to perform the analysis (before the design) and the implementation (after the design), as the day to day-to-day team is likely already stretched to or beyond capacity. In addition to the benefits this type of team would bring to their internal clients, such a program would also be a great training and proving ground for ambitious, incoming talent. Furthermore, they will also grow a valuable repository of the types of inefficiencies that exist throughout the organization. Only then might senior management realize the severe degree to which such rotting infrastructure saps optimism from even the most devout believers in the possibility of continuous improvement. This would be an undertaking of great strategic value. Whether it is undertaken will remain to be seen and will be a clear indication of whether senior management has sufficient visionary mettle.


  10. "Reg serviceclient associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBS full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment, good value company

    Cons

    Health benefits were too expensive


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