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HSBC Holdings Reviews

Updated 13 December 2014
Updated 13 December 2014
991 Reviews
3.4
991 Reviews
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HSBC Holdings Chief Executive Stuart T. Gulliver
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance gets much better starting second year when you are more adapted (in 117 reviews)

  • Work from home is always a plus, but you can't always do so (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Terrible work life balance for a great deal of the employees (in 37 reviews)

  • Lots of senior management changes and their dedication in investing US is not clear (in 50 reviews)

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  1.  

    A dynamic and interesting place to work

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    Former Employee - Associate, Global Markets in London, England
    Former Employee - Associate, Global Markets in London, England

    I worked at HSBC Holdings as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary. Smart, friendly colleagues. A globally respected company. A great office location in the centre of Canary Wharf.

    Cons

    Large open plan office isn't the most ideal work environment in my opinion. Some colleagues are smart but there are plenty who aren't that capable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HSBC Holdings as an intern

    Pros

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

    Cons

    It 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.

  3.  

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

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    Former Employee - Procurement/Data Management in London, England
    Former Employee - Procurement/Data Management in London, England

    I worked at HSBC Holdings full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very 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.

    Cons

    Pays less than other tier 1 investment banks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management can be hit and miss, company values promote openness, taking responsibility and being respectable towards others.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    My HSBC experience

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    Former Employee - Communications Business Partner in London, England
    Former Employee - Communications Business Partner in London, England

    I worked at HSBC Holdings as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Some 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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large organization, very slow pace

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pension, good work life balance, people are friendly.

    Cons

    Poor resource and project management, a lot of works are duplicated and project has little impacts. Totally disregard individual development need by setting uniform objective for everyone in the same grade. Feel like a wast of time here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some strong and clear leadership. Better coordinated effort on project

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good name to have on the CV

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    This 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.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    very good company, normal working hours

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  9.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings

    Pros

    work 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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall, a good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the reward and recognition for the front line staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Right place to Work as banker

    Cons

    Low pay and bureaucratic organization

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