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Updated December 3, 2017
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  1. "Working for UBS"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Change Lead in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Change Lead in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UBS full-time

    Pros

    Core values permeates throughout the organisation

    Cons

    Been there for over a year and still think I made the right choice


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to learn very political"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training, salaries. Good bonuses and extras

    Cons

    Old fashioned culture, swiss heritage

  3. "A good company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Audit in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Internal Audit in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UBS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People works to do the right thing.
    The Swiss mentality makes the work environment more genuine than at other companies.

    Cons

    The impacts of the 2008 crisis and the rogue trader took a long time to overcome. This still impacts career progression and promotions speed.


  4. "review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    collaborative culture, open environment and communication.

    Cons

    too many decision makers, dotted lines to management.


  5. "Executive director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits interesting work intelligent colleagues opportunity to progress within the company and in various countries around the world

    Cons

    In some departments it is expected to work very long hours on a long term basis which is not healthy fir the. Implant or the employees. Bonuses are not related to performance

    Advice to Management

    Promote within


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Up's and Down's"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mostly great people - some bizarre exceptions that the system no longer seems to remove (both in terms of calibre and attitude. Challenging environment with very real large-scale problems. All the benefits you'd expect from a large enterprise. Fantastic London office (if you happen to be based in 5BG).

    Cons

    Huge segregation between IT and other 'cost centre' operations and the actual business. Not competitive on salary and particularly don't reward people who have spent a long time with the company. Struggling to retain good people and not really doing an awful lot about that (presumably because it enables a shift to lower cost locations).

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your best people and don't neglect people who have been with the organisation for a long time - i.e. recognise and repay loyalty. Move towards a 'one company' model where IT/technology can genuinely enable the business - not through 'partnership' but through genuine integration.


  7. "A great environment, and a good culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Manager - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Service Manager - Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides opportunities for mobility. High degree of stability and progressive. A very good culture giving opportunities for mobility both from a functional perspective and a regional perspective

    Cons

    Salaries can be at the lower end, but generally within market range. A very risk averse company so at times implementation of change is slow

  8. "Credit Risk Industrail Placement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Credit Risk Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Credit Risk Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and people to work with large emphasis on volunteering and other activities

    Cons

    Average salary, benefits package is limited. Hours can be long (up to 12 hour days)

    Advice to Management

    A larger focus on individual development and learning from management can be implemented in order to progress and individual in addition to benefitting the business


  9. "good company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at UBS (More than a year)

    Pros

    social life is very good

    Cons

    management is very rigid and determined


  10. "Good employer, good people but inefficient"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in London, England (UK)

    I worked at UBS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Nice working culture and people
    - Salaries are ok
    - Respect for work-life balance

    Cons

    - Too bureaucratic
    - Over engineered processes
    - Can take a long time to get anything changed
    - A lack of diversity
    - Not an employer of choice for women in banking

    Advice to Management

    UBS could be a fantastic place to work but the continued focus on cost-cutting but increasing the workload is having a significant impact on staff.


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