It all depends what you do there
Client Service Associate (Former Employee) – New York, NY – February 27, 2016
If you work for yourself as a financial advisor with a successful practice this could be among the best places to work not just in the industry but maybe even in the entire country.
If you're on the support side it's a decent company with good European benefits. But your level of happiness will depend on the people you support and the management you have (which seems to change quite a bit). I can say that most of the people at UBS are decent people, but there is definitely some level of nepotism with regards to selecting management positions.I had a decent manager, but some of them are chosen purely for political reasons (like their distant relative is a big client).
Also, if you're young and attractive be prepared for the "old-timers" who will envy you. Why? Because they have worked there so long (likely underpaid and under-appreciated) that you couldn't wipe the miserable look off their face if you tried. It's these types of people that made it hardest for a young woman with no finance background to work there.
The hardest part of working at this type of job is learning the business, it's quite different from working at a law firm, which is where I came from. They also pressure you to get a Series 7 which is an extremely hard test for someone without a finance background.
I was ultimately asked to leave after failing twice, I ended up going back to my old job. I don't miss anything about UBS except the free lunches and extremely clean office.
free lunches, some people happy all the time, very clean office
limited time spent with actual manager, many of our group meetings were pointless