HSBC Holdings
3.3 of 5 899 reviews
www.hsbc.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

HSBC Holdings Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.3 899 reviews

                             

77% Approve of the CEO

HSBC Holdings Chief Executive Stuart T. Gulliver

Stuart T. Gulliver

(253 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "The organizations offers decently fair work life balance and job security"
    in 107 reviews
  • "You get lots of paid vacation and you can work from home"
    in 24 reviews
Cons:
  • "Constant change; Limited work-life balance"
    in 33 reviews
  • "Lots of senior management changes and their dedication in investing US is not clear"
    in 45 reviews
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Thank God I've retired

Senior Software Developer (Former Employee)
Birmingham, England

I worked at HSBC Holdings full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood salary, good bonuses and the physical environment is good. There is a significant element of ongoing "on the job" training

ConsThe appraisal system in place actively discourages people from working as a team. During the 3 years I worked for them it was unusual for anyone to help anyone out because if someone else had a problem it meant that they were likely to get a poor appraisal. The more and bigger problems other people had the better your chances of bigger pay and bonuses. The fact that you were essentially isolated from people you worked with means that any team player will find themselves out on a limb.

Advice to Senior ManagementReview the appraisal system and either ditch it (Microsoft had a similar system that the have now ended) or modify it significantly to encourage teamwork.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I worked at HSBC Holdings

Prosgreat company to work with a branded company

Consthere is hardly a negative point to think of this company

Advice to Senior Managementgive more opportunities and pay them better

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good

Work Experience (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at HSBC Holdings as an intern for less than a year

ProsStaff are lovely to work with

ConsNothing exciting about the pay and benefits

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees with a nice treat!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Quasi Investment bank with good corporate banking coverage across sectors

Associate Director (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at HSBC Holdings full-time for more than 5 years

ProsDiversity, Experience, Longevity, Client Relationships

ConsBig firm unless found a sponsor one will be assembly line workman and not so appreciative of performance.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good people and environment

Transaction Management (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at HSBC Holdings as a contractor for less than a year

Prosopportunity to work for a bank with a big influence in markets

Consnot easy to move internally

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very friendly and helping environment

Risk Analyst (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at HSBC Holdings as an intern for less than a year

ProsI've got tremendous support from analysts and managers from the risk department. It was truly amazing experience working with them. During my project with HSBC, my supervisor was very patient and supportive, and I felt that my views and thoughts are well appreciated

ConsReallly not much to complain about. If I have to say, the hot chocolate produced by the coffee machine was not so good.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Friendly Atmosphere, Nice place to work.

Intern (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at HSBC Holdings as an intern for less than a year

ProsGood variety of prospective routes for trainees, there are a broad range of divisions within the UK bank, all are quite accessible with the right contacts.
Decent Work/Life Balance, much better than other banks.
Good atmosphere and friendly workforce.
Strong values and standards that are enforced to improve the banks image.
Decent relocation payment for those moving to the city and other financial centres.

ConsSalary does not quite match other salaries at different companies for similar positions, also the bureaucracy can become quite stressful at times with simple things requiring a lot of approval which is often a lengthy process.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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'The world's local bank' is disappointing as an employer

Summer Analyst (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at HSBC Holdings as an intern for less than a year

ProsThe firm offers a great salary package, which is attractive for a graduate.There is a relatively good external training scheme in place, although most of the learning you do is done on the job. Being in Canary Wharf, the bank is in a good location and as a large firm there is scope to work alongside lots of different people. If working past a certain hour, cabs and dinners are paid for.

ConsYou are not made to feel valued as an employee. Whilst I was interning, the senior line manager acknowledged me only on the first day and all subsequent responsibility was given to the grad analyst on my team. I felt like the firm did not invest a lot into the development of its employees and there is a chauvenistic atmosphere in many of the teams. The culture of the firm really didn't live up to my expectations.

Advice to Senior Managementwork on employee satisfaction

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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treated like ants

Customer Service Representative (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at HSBC Holdings full-time for more than 3 years

Prosmoved away from the selling culture and more on helping the customer

Conspay is poor, under staffed (end up doing 2 peoples jobs) which leads to unnecessary stress and managers with no people skills. Can see the Retail bank completely shrinking.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company for diversity, challenge, opportunity and personal development

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
Birmingham, England

I have been working at HSBC Holdings full-time for more than 10 years

ProsScope to move around the world

ConsReputation of bankers but this is an endemic issue

Advice to Senior ManagementDo more to keep graduates

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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