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- "Colleagues are friendly and helpful" (in 272 reviews)
- "Good benefits like leaves and medical" (in 157 reviews)
- "Generally people are nice and help each other out" (in 85 reviews)
- "bonus is good and competitive" (in 69 reviews)
- "Good working environment for working and gain skills and experience." (in 67 reviews)
- "7. Values late working hours than productivity" (in 194 reviews)
- "no work life balance and hard to progress if managers dislike you even though you are performing" (in 170 reviews)
- "Department culture was toxic and unappreciative" (in 95 reviews)
- "Tight lunch timing and bad management" (in 93 reviews)
- "No chance to take leave and salary too low for local bank" (in 89 reviews)
- 2.029 Nov 2023Assistant ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearSingapore River
1. Stable 2. Competitive salary 3. Colleagues are mostly friendly 4. Boss is good 5. There is opportunity to learn more as training provided frequently
1. Long working hours - additional 0.5 hours as compared to others 2. Management are conservative with new ideas 3. If your direct manager doesn’t like you, that’s it.. even though you’re performing. 4. Stringent processes, people are so scared of changing things due to if sth happens you’re the one got blamed 5. Lack of autonomy as everything also must refer, can’t make own decision which slows down the whole process 6. Guilt trip when taking sick leave as well as leaving early if your colleagues have not done their work. Even though you’re fast but still have to help out for those who are less efficient and lower productivity ones 7. Difficult to take leave if the manager doesn’t like you 8. Staff well beings are concerned but not across all departments
- 2.022 Nov 2023Product ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsSingapore
People are helpful? But you get your share of helpful and cancerous colleagues no matter where you work at
- Old school management whose articulated strategy does not align with what they ask to be done on the ground. E.g push for A as strategy to the media/investors, but asks you to focus on B during your day to day work as it’s a quick win. - Dinosaurs who expect 100% work from office just so they can see u around (even though there’s an official remote work policy by HR, most of the bosses ignore it blatantly and expect their teams to be in 5 days a week. The bank is losing truckloads of talent because of this inflexibility but the leadership refuses to change their ways.] - lowball salary and weak perks that are below market (if you see it at UOB, expect to see it at the other local banks at higher amounts/tiers). - highly political - there are circus shows setup every month with the sole agenda for you to show to your bosses what u have been doing in the month. No clap = no promotion. Absolute waste of time.
- 3.01 Dec 2023Junior Risk AnalystFormer Employee, less than 1 yearSingapore
Usually there is 3 months bonus
Poor leadership from team leads. Most team leads are at the level because they are in the company for a v long time. But they don’t have leadership skills. They throw juniors under the bus and take credit when junior did things well. Ask junior to scold other department.
- 2.019 Nov 2023Back End OperationsCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearSingapore
- Flexi2 to be taken once a month to get 2 hours off on a single day - End an hour earlier on Fridays - Very reasonable workloads but people who don't like deskbound or monotonous work may not like this. - Freedom and autonomy in work, (managers are not micro-manager-y but that might not be limited to my office alone) - Generous amount of annual leave IMO, 23 days of AL and 30 days of medical leave
- Long work hours, (9.5h in office, 1,5 hour lunch), may be a deal breaker for some - Office amenities and atmosphere honestly feels like it's stuck in the late 90s and early to mid 2000s, quite outdated and slow coming over from other banks - Not much in Work life balance options, Flexi2 available but not enough to make up for the amount of time we're spent working1
- 1.02 Dec 2023Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 1 yearNovena,
Harsh workplace so you can survive anywhere after this job
HOD is bad in all angles, dislike promoting internally. HOD never appreciates staffs, treats staffs as chess pieces. HOD always discredit staffs, disregard performers or non-performers. There’s always something bad about everyone who works under him. Managed out a lot of women who have family planning in mind.
- 2.027 Sept 2023Credit AnalystFormer Employee, more than 1 yearSingapore
- Flex2 (2 hours off that can be taken once in a month) - Friday end 1hr early - Similar aged analysts - Work on wide range of industries
Traditional bank/mindset. Very well known in the whole department that there is a few Team Leads that is very old school and if you are not in their team, you are lucky. They micromanage, shout, degrade and scold analyst infront of the department when they make a mistake or when there is much work/stress. Banging of tables and snide remarks are also often made. Gossip is rampant. Turnover is high in the department; probably due various reasons. Stepping stone place. WFH is only once a day, but up to each team leader discretion on this. 830am to 6pm or 9am to 630pm working hours. Non-existent pantry; only instant coffee machine and cold/hot water. Below than average salary compensation. High workload for analyst.6
- 3.029 Oct 2023Wholesale BankingCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsSingapore
- Decent leave and flexi hours - Basic development courses available for all staff - Wellness Days - Recently implemented SORA flat for housing loan for staff
- Risk teams not business friendly and will eventually run business to the ground - Compliance teams very rigid automatons who over read into regulations- should get lawyers on board instead - this part also with drag UOB in the mud for awhile - Paternal leave and maternal benefits poor - can be improved with more coverage - Salary can also be improved to be mark-to-market to at least DBS level - can match DB level even better
- 2.022 Nov 2023Personal Wealth ExecutiveCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearSingapore
- High basic paid - Good company benefit
- work overtime and overload of work until 9pm - commission is too low and voucher take too long to redeem1
- 3.02 Nov 2023Vice PresidentCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearSingapore
As most employees would tell you, UOB is a family. Also, culture is pretty lax so if you’re at the stage of your life or career where you want to chill, it’s a good place.
Benefits aren’t great. Comps are not competitive. Systems, processes and data are all over the place. No one is keen to improve anything, because it’s not in anyone’s interests to fight for improvements to take place. Office environment sucks, I mean the physical office. It really looks like it belongs to the 1980s.1
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United Overseas Bank has an overall rating of 3.4 out of 5, based on over 3,301 reviews left anonymously by employees. 53% of employees would recommend working at United Overseas Bank to a friend and 56% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -2% over the last 12 months.
53% of United Overseas Bank employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated United Overseas Bank 2.8 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.2 for culture and values and 3.2 for career opportunities.