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UBS Reviews

Updated June 28, 2017
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  • Work life balance completely eroded during my time there (in 90 reviews)

  • Long hours, long commute, low pay (in 100 reviews)

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  1. "Marketing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Weehawken, NJ
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Weehawken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They offer employees good benefits

    Cons

    Don't seem to really care about the people


  2. "ETD Operations Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ETD Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - ETD Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UBS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large company that can provide opportunities if you're willing to relocate or work in a major marketplace for them. well known name in Financial Services

    Cons

    extreme downsizing within last 5-7 years. Constantly looking for additional head count reductions. large disparities between non-producing front office personnel and operations teams supporting business. Lack of IT budget makes it difficult to get needed changes completed.


  3. "Client Onboarding Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Onboarding Analyst in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Client Onboarding Analyst in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    UBS has a very friendly environment with an emphasis on growth and challenging the status quo. Great experience for an entry level position.

    Cons

    Some may find it difficult to move up the ladder due to so many people being on the same level (entry level), but give it time and/or gain as much experience as possible and use that to your advantage.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  4. "Capital Markets Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weehawken, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weehawken, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at UBS are very smart and friendly. Throughout my internship I learned a lot about the capital markets.

    Cons

    No downsides to working at UBS.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Overall positive experience"

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

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

    Pros

    - career growth: opportunity to grow your career by learning from peers, internal training courses, short workshops
    - healthy environment: most of the staff treat other each well. Teamwork attitude with a focus on helping the community multiple months of the year
    - access to management: you can typically meet with senior management easily on a quarterly basis. I also feel like line manager support is good
    - benefits: nice amount of time off from day 1 and decent 401k match

    Cons

    - Reviews/Compensation: One yearly review where the metrics to succeed are very tough. Everyone is "average" on the scale and very tough to break through the average threshold. Compensation lacks workload. You will feel underpaid for 1-2 years due to workload before you are recognized with a raise in compensation. Also, compensation discussion is yearly after reviews. You never see off cycle raises.
    Insurance: HSA model which can be difficult for families

    Advice to Management

    Change compensation structure. Award key talent differently that everyone else. Yearly raises also drive talent to leave the firm instead of waiting another year.


  6. "Registered Client Service Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Client Service Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Registered Client Service Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UBS full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and a good amount of Holiday and vacation time.

    Cons

    Poor culture, pay and extremely bottom line company

    Advice to Management

    Pay and value your support staff


  7. "It was good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inter in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Inter in Buffalo, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    not much responsibilty. It was good

    Cons

    kind of boring not much to do

    Advice to Management

    more to do


  8. "Executive director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UBS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work
    In the middle of implementing clear culture
    Lean on cost
    Good benefits excluding medical

    Cons

    Poor medical benefits
    Still a lot of bureaucracy and micromanagement
    One of the pillars of the new culture, challenge, is not tolerated in the upwar direction

    Advice to Management

    Simplify IT budget process
    Allow senior management decisions to be challenged -- they will get better with amendments
    Improve medical benefits


  9. "UBS in North America"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Roadshow Accounting Clerk in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Roadshow Accounting Clerk in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great location and physical environment and the people on my team were terrific and full of energy helping to make a stressful job manageable..

    Cons

    Cold corporate culture geared to keeping you looking over your shoulder. HR department emits a sense that the #1 goal is to avoid lawsuits by employees. One never forgets that everyone is replaceable at UBS.

    Advice to Management

    Bad management decisions closed the largest trading floor in USA, in Stamford, CT. UBS is still on the ropes as a whole since 2008 crisis. Get back to basics, wealth management.


  10. "Senior Wealth Strategy Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Senior Wealth Strategy Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Wealth Strategy Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    UBS is a great place to work.

    Cons

    None a true leader in every category.


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