Operations Analyst at UBS

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
City of London
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Roles
Banking - Investment Banking/Finance Business Analytics

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3.5/5

The Role
3.3
The Company
4.5
The Culture
2.5

Role Description

Working within cash and equities settlements.

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I had a very enjoyable summer at UBS. The company is awesome. The office is great and the work is interesting. There were lots of speaker series, workshops, social events and other events which kept us busy, even if work was slow. I would happily return to the bank in the future and would recommend to anybody interested in a career in banking.
5 /5

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

From the first day I felt like I was valued as I would be as a full time employee. Everybody showed interest in me, as did I show interest in my colleagues work. I enjoyed asking around the floor if I could help anybody and found that a good way to build relationships across my team and others.
5 /5

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

We had a Graduate Training Liason, and also several dedicated HR contacts. Throughout the 9 weeks we had an initial, mid and end of term review- as well asother feedbacks throughout. We could voice any concerns we had, and the support was great. I know others who needed additional support also got that and were very pleased with the support available.
3 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was busy at times, and then very quiet atothers. You were never stuck with nothing to do for too long- because at the very least there were the speaker series and other events frequently. However when there wasn't much work to do I simply arranged meetings/coffees and did as much shadowing as possible. There is also lots of learning resources on the UBS university meaning there is never a reason to be fully bored.
3 /5

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was given a good level of responsibility during my internship. I led two projects which were of significant importance. They were contributing to large cost savings so it was definitely 'real work' as a pose to throwaway work one could expect to work on in such a small amount of time.
3 /5

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I learnt there is lots of time in the day so when I go to uni I will spend less time lazing around, and instead be much more proactive and productive in my time. That's probably the main skill. But I also developed my communication skills, I am now more confident and willing to put myself out of my comfort zone.
3 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

It was quite quiet- but this varies across the bank and across divisions. My floor was fairly chilled out, people had a laugh and it was a pleasant environment to work in. Everybody was approachable and it was an environment in which you were comfortable to go round and sit with other people.
5 /5

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

It was very well organized. Right from the first stages of the application process, through to the final exit meetings. There was an app we could go on which had lots of information about the internship, as well as a full timetable of activities and events for the whole 9 weeks.
5 /5

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

We received professional training in the first introduction week. This was mainly financial markets, excel, and soft skills. Everything else was learnt and developed on the job. There was definitely a focus on our development and this was furthered through consistent feedback and points we could develop. Overall very happy.
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Healthcare/Dental
3 /5

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I would love to return to UBS. It is a firm with so many opportunities within, and so much flexibility that you would not need to go anywhere else in a whole career. Also I met good friends who were also interns so it would be cool to work with them and continue the fun into the future.
5 /5

The Culture

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Yeah it was great. There are bars right by the office which we went to numerous times a week. And there was also the organized (and paid for :D) socials. 3 organized socials across the 3 weeks which were all really good. Everybody got involved and got on well which made the summer even more enjoyable.
3 /5

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Rent was £170 a week. A pint was typically £5-£5.50 and food was same as everywhere else in the country. . We were all paid well so money wasn't really an issue. I could walk to work so there was no transport costs which was good. On the whole London is expensive and if I was there full time id have been more cost effective- but just for the summer we enjoyed ourselves.
3 /5

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Mainly went to bars- although there is everything around. There is so much choice that you could go somewhere different every day and still stay around the same location. Transport was easy too. The world cup was on during my internship so that was good fun- usually watched with fellow interns.
3 /5

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There were plenty- I was a bit slow as I was busy doing other things but I scoped out the sort of things I would join if I come back for a grad role. There are so many societies and clubs its similar to uni. And if there was something missing, i'm sure you can just start it up yourself.
3 /5