HSBC Holdings Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
957 Reviews

3.4
957 Reviews
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HSBC Holdings Chief Executive Stuart T. Gulliver
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276 Ratings

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.  

    Excellent company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Entity Review Representatvie  in  North Pomona, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Legal Entity Review Representatvie in North Pomona, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Excellent company to work with. Overall, i really enjoyed working for this company.

    Cons

    Really there was nothing to complain about this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good opportunities to move around different business areas and countries

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sheffield, England (UK)

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Whilst salary can be lower than comparable jobs in industry, the total reward package including pension and share options make this better than other companies. Once you are in the organisation it is possible to gain exposure if differing business areas and also take on secondments and transfers to other countries. Excellent place to work for young families due to flexibility with working hours and maternity/return to work options.

    Cons

    As with any business of this size and considering the climate and strategy, job security can not be guaranteed. There are annual issues across teams when forcing a bell curve to rank individuals. This is meant to be changing but can't see it shifting to a complete revamp of the mid-year and annual review cycle.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Interesting work
    Very good working conditions and environment, largely shielded from the corporate politics
    Very nice people

    Cons

    Limitations on the technology allowed to be utilised in finding the best solution to the problem at hand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limitations on the technology allowed to be utilised in finding the best solution to the problem at hand mans you do not end up with the best solution.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I love HSBC!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HSBC Holdings

    Pros

    I worked at HSBC for 9 years with the Training and Development team. What an awesome group of people!

    Cons

    I have nothing but great things to say about HSBC. I enjoyed my 9 year there!

  6.  

    Very useful experience if seeking a banking career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor  in  Athens (Greece)
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Athens (Greece)

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

    Pros

    Organized structure. Training programmes. Excellent colleagues Not enough space for promotions

    Cons

    Pure middle management which is not leads the employees. Lack of leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to change your evaluation procedures. Medium management is poor and unfortunately the qualitative methods used are not fair enough

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Productive and co-workers kept the day fun

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HSBC Holdings

    Pros

    The co-workers made it easy to work here

    Cons

    There was No real challenges working here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company no longer exist

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    HSBC - Streamlining

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HSBC Holdings

    Pros

    Good culture and Work-Life Balance

    Cons

    Do not value their staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the customer first, not the bottom line

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place for a start up as Officer or Manager.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President of Banking Operation  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President of Banking Operation in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at HSBC Holdings full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Process is fully implemented.
    - Always could find help from upper reporting line.

    Cons

    - Below market average pay if level is not high.
    - Reach ceiling when promoted to AVP level.
    - Not competitive pay compared on the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - They need to focus on reform and provide more opportunity to staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Intense.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot, you're around people more important than you'll ever be, and it's high-flying investment banking.

    Cons

    Long hours, tedious work, a lot of chair time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Definitely a great place to be at for commercial bankers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  Bangkok (Thailand)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Bangkok (Thailand)

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

    Pros

    Interesting stuffs besides traditional banking jobs. HSBC Global Markets department would expose you to the various banking products and the different functions within its treasury department e.g. DCM/ECM, sales and trading, risk management and etc. Defitnitely learned a lot.

    Cons

    Low exposure to financial moduling stuffs. HSBC is not known for its investment banking house.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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