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Rating

3.6/5
  • The Role
    3.7
  • The Company
    3.2
  • The Culture
    3.9

Role Description

Operations - Global Collateral Operations OTC Margin Calls,, Collateral Change

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • The people are genuinely friendly and are willing to help me learn the ropes around here. Their patience and encouragement are a plus.

    4/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • They make me feel like I'm making a valuable contribution to the team, although they do know my technical limitations as I'm still new to the bank's inner workings. We've been for team lunches and drinks as well!

    4/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • My manager and colleagues are always available to answer my questions and don't make me feel like a nuisance for asking so many.

    4/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Some days were busier than others, but that's to be expected of course. When deadlines were approaching, I was given more small tasks to do to help out.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • A surprising amount, actually. I was tasked with entire jobs normally done by my full-time colleagues. At the same time, this served as a pressurizer as I was expected to perform according to their high standards.

    4/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I definitely learned about office politics and the need to not step on people's toes as well as respect the hierarchy implicit in the organization structure. I really believe learning how to navigate office politicking is half the challenge of acclimatizing to the working environment.

    4/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Cordial for the most part. Sometimes stressful and tense when deadlines were approaching.

    3/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Very well-organized as HR set up weekly speaker sessions for us and let us know of midterm evaluations and final presentations well in advance. There was also a buddy/mentor system so each intern was paired with someone from the graduate scheme on another desk to get a good idea of what people do across teams in the department.

    4/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • We had extensive training the first week in the bank's various divisions (i.e. Sales and Trading, Markets, Investment Banking). We also got a half day of in-depth Excel training, which was really helpful. I was happily surprised at the high quality of training invested in us.

    4/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • 2/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • If we perform well and our managers and HR recruiters like us, we can get a graduate job offer!

    4/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • We often ate lunch together, and HR organized speakers for all the interns to listen to as well as welcome and farewell events.

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Cost of living in London is high! But the social scene is great and there's truly something for everyone to enjoy

    4/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Lots of clubs from classy to cheap.

    4/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • UBS has societies to join for music and sports. And London has lots of social groups so you can do as much as you're motivated to!

    4/5

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Details

Internship (1-4 Months)

Banking - Investment, Banking/Finance, Information Technology

19th July 2012


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