A typical day would start by calling clients to sell financial products in order to meet never-realistic financial targets of UBS, intermingled with handling email requests from clients, payment and trading orders, finishing cold coffee and planning the afternoon. In the afternoon, you would enter all contacts of the morning into the system (a lot of typing), while handling client requests, attending conference calls, requesting updates from product partners, drafting emails for clients and updating management on your progress.
You learn to run quickly. You unlearn to think deeply.
Management grows in military-grade, goal-oriented, data-driven environment. They do not believe in the power of creativity, long-term relationships, and individual tailoring. They believe in scalable, fast-track, quick-win solutions. Nothing unusual for a quoted behemoth which has to report quarterly.
Workplace culture is to ignore management and not to take it too seriously. It's a bit like French resistance during occupation.
The hardest part of the job is to keep both the clients and management happy (they want different things).
Besides interaction with clients, the most enjoyable part of the job is that if you manage to remain organised consistently every day, you can actually finish at reasonable time to enjoy the evening (but it takes 2-3 hours to unwind and become normal person).
Management and corporate culture