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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Review Highlights

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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Communications Business Partner (Former Employee)
London, England

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

ProsExcellent office facilities in Canary Wharf; great people in London and Southampton; good understanding of the need for work/life balance

ConsSome in-house politics which can get in the way of doing the work; difficult to get in touch with people sometimes as employees are constantly travelling

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Healthy office culture, benefits are good, salary and bonus could be better

Procurement/Data Management (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at HSBC Holdings full-time for more than a year

ProsVery good work vs life balance, it's relatively laid back and due to its sheer size, there are opportunities to move around. Open plan office lay out is great. Gym on 5th floor is used by lots of employees and makes a welcome relief from Canary wharf lunch breaks.

ConsPays less than other tier 1 investment banks

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement can be hit and miss, company values promote openness, taking responsibility and being respectable towards others.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at HSBC Holdings as an intern

ProsGlobal network is extremely helpful. Colleagues always willing to help, frequent feedback opportunities as well as opportunities to do activities outside work eg volunteering.

ConsIt can feel quite bureaucratic sometimes ---but that might be true in any large, international firm such as this. And the role I was in was quite restrictive, so I felt like I was doing the same thing over and over again.

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Good name to have on the CV

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
London, England

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

ProsThis is a good place to gain experience in the banking sector. There are plenty of opportunities to grow within the firm, however, this can often take longer than one would hope.

ConsThe compensation is average but definitely not high compared to competitors.
There are too many silos within the bank, but given its size, is not unusual.
The annual review process is not balanced.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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very good company, normal working hours

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at HSBC Holdings

Prosclear career path, working in a team with all supports you can have. Working environment is good, good view on the top floor

Consmany boring projects. Is that all? Maybe coffee quality is not as high as expected

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Great company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at HSBC Holdings

ProsIntelligent people.
Good working hours.
In-house usage of applications to make yours as well as clients life easier.

ConsPoor pay compare to other banks.
Too many layers of hierarchy.
Career progression is slow.

Advice to Senior ManagementSupport your employees in their career progression when they have abilities instead of holding them back.

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

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Good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at HSBC Holdings

Proswork from home policy
nice people on the whole
good opportunities and some chances to work on good technology most of the time
quite egalitarian and if your motivated you can do well

Consquite bureaucratic
sometimes the work can be a drudge when you are dealing with old systems

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

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Overall, a good company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at HSBC Holdings

ProsGreat people and culture
Fantastic pension and life cover policy
They really try to look after employees

ConsPromotions are not always based on merit
Pay not consistent with sister companies

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease the reward and recognition for the front line staff

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

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Manager (Current Employee)
London, England

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

ProsRight place to Work as banker

ConsLow pay and bureaucratic organization

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Professional working environment

Director (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at HSBC Holdings full-time for less than a year

ProsInternational Opportunities
Good career coaching and progression - especially for internationally dynamic individuals

ConsLarge organisations are by nature rife with inefficiency and HSBC is no different!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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