HSBC Canada Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
165 Reviews
3.3
165 Reviews
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Pros
  • Where positions allow it, they offer the best work-life balance you could find (in 10 reviews)

  • Good benefits, in the IT department folks generally get 25-30 days of annual vacation (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, not much work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Extremely long hours, and your lunch time can be sacrificed at the whim of a manager (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Leading international bank in canada

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Premium Banker in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Premium Banker in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at HSBC Canada full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Hsbc canada has the mostInternational advantage

    Cons

    Lack of convenience for locals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve products and services

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A good place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HSBC Canada full-time

    Pros

    It is a big company

    Cons

    some of the technologies are too old

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Intern in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good brand, work/life balance, multi-culture, good management and leaderships.

    Cons

    some interns don't get to do "real" work. The company is too big.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    encourage interns to get engaged more.

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    Hsbc bank Canada

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HSBC Canada

    Pros

    great people for a such a big organization.

    Cons

    at times too big to manage

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for, but globalisation takes it toll.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at HSBC Canada full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, in the IT department folks generally get 25-30 days of annual vacation. People are nice and generally follows a well defined protocol. Company offers numerous training, but most of them are not technical in nature. There is flexibility with work hours and working from home is well accepted.

    Cons

    Projects are demanding, personal sacrifice is observed for many flagship projects. Generally salary is capped early in the career and it is difficult to move up to a higher job band. Work life balance is difficult to maintain due to global team augmentation model (parts of the team will always be offshore in India, Brazil, or China). Meetings outside of what is usually considered core hours elsewhere takes place on a regular basis. The bank tends to be overly receptive of IBM solutions that has a recent track record of undermining employee's productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage young devs by giving them a clear path of career advancement, improve work life balance issues by breaking up units of work so dependencies between teams in different regions are minimised. Move away from IBM products that promises too much.

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

    Good but mediocre

    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at HSBC Canada as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    No one hurts anyone
    equal opportunity

    Cons

    Mediocre, risk averse, too big

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more business like

  8.  

    Not bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at HSBC Canada full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Laid back; decent benefits; managers are ok; overall office atmosphere is pretty good

    Cons

    it's hard to make any good transitions within the bank

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be more exposure to different teams within the bank, especially for new employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT Project Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at HSBC Canada full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great exposure to Global Business and IT teams

    Cons

    Very low salary
    No work life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    ...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HSBC Canada

    Pros

    it was a good experience.

    Cons

    There wasn't a chance for advancement

  11.  

    Started off with a bang....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Relationship Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Relationship Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at HSBC Canada full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    -good international employment opportunities
    -good people to work with

    Cons

    -large, unwieldy and very bureaucratic
    -in the middle of large change management driven by compliance and risk to the detriment of staff and customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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