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HSBC Holdings Reviews

Updated 13 August 2014
Updated 13 August 2014
952 Reviews

3.4
952 Reviews
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HSBC Holdings Chief Executive Stuart T. Gulliver
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The organizations offers decently fair work life balance and job security (in 114 reviews)

  • Work from home is always a plus, but you can't always do so (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Terrible work life balance for a great deal of the employees (in 34 reviews)

  • Lots of senior management changes and their dedication in investing US is not clear (in 49 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    After 2 years on the HSBC graduate programme and a year in the Bank afterwards, there are next to no opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in London, England

    Pros

    The other graduates on the programme are friendly and supportive

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for career development, limited scope for new challenges, below market compensation for a role when you are promoted to it internally rather than externally. Once you have completed the graduate programme and secured your first management position, the career development opportunites dry up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More guidance and support for graduates who have completed the programme

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not the best choice for an investment banking career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Director in London, England

    Pros

    A more relaxed working environment than I have experienced at other banks - but this can also be a frustration

    Cons

    Investment Banking Advisory is never going to be a priority business. Compensation levels are below those at other banks - particularly US investment banks. Increasingly focussed on a small number of industry verticals that play to the bank's strengths - this may make strategic sense but offers less opportunities for staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lack of leadership of the investment banking advisory business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    hsbc corporate banking

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people
    nice atmosphere

    Cons

    Pay less htan industry average

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    Heavy organisation not clearly heading anywhere but stable.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It pays ok and it can't really blow up, allows for good life balance and provides some good benefits. The size of it gives it tremendous potential.

    Cons

    The company is Highly Political, and very slow, and management often doesn't make sense doesn't communicate and changes directions too much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to a direction for more than a year.

  6.  

    Best place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England

    Pros

    The worlds your oyster providing you are willing to commit time and energy to your personal development, you must lead the way and take hold of your destiny. You will always be supported, guided and encouraged.

    Cons

    Everyone is so busy. Responsibility is huge on senior managers which makes time very precious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place more focus on leadership roles devoloping their people and directs, there isnt enough of this going on and for the good of the future and to protect the brand more attention is needed here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A good experience with a chance of always being given the opportunity to take on other projects

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Developer in London, England

    Pros

    Good pension, friendly work culture, great location, good support for professional development

    Cons

    Poor pay, internal promotion pay is poor too, long internal processes, old and in some cases slow technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Constantly improve and update technology to be a leader within the industry, better pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good work / life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Director in London, England

    Pros

    Good work / life balance

    Cons

    Investment banking pay lower than most

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Summer internship experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Associate  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in London, England

    Pros

    Good guidance from team members, arranged events that helped interacting with senior bankers

    Cons

    IT infrastructure needs improvement, admin processes are a bit slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Summer internship is very well structured and a big thanks for letting so many UK grads to help start their career through this experience in HSBC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    HSBC Securities Services Edinburgh

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    Current Employee - Trustees  in  Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Trustees in Edinburgh, Scotland

    Pros

    Wide range of departments were you can work for and get great experience across investment operation process

    Cons

    Plenty overtimes to do. Very high volumn of work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent Employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Local Business Manager  in  Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Regional Local Business Manager in Glasgow, Scotland

    Pros

    Lots of encouragement for personal development, as long as you're willing to drive this yourself. Strong culture, genuine care for staff and customers.

    Cons

    Salary not great compared to the marketplace; they rely somewhat on goodwill of staff to work for less than they could get elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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