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HSBC Canada Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
168 Reviews
3.3
168 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    HSBC Persona Banker

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HSBC Canada

    Pros

    Career Development Opportunities
    Fast pace environment

    Cons

    Under stress and pressure
    Duplicate paper work

  2.  

    one year at HSBC

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst, Business Systems in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst, Business Systems in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at HSBC Canada as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    worldwide name, international teams to work with, latest technology and world renowned softwares, nicely drafted procedure documents

    Cons

    very bureaucratic type of working style... too lengthy procedures and highly complex organization structure to work with

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not bad

    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Global bank, lots of opportunities abroad.
    The pay is better than most banks
    Good benefits

    Cons

    not focused on anything but premier. Don't care about anything else. Salary is good, but you dont get sick time off, it is deducted from vacation time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ditch advance and retail banking

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  5.  

    good for start up

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Premium Banker in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Premium Banker in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    opportunities for career advancement especially for sales

    Cons

    high workload, can be stressful during RRSP season, lack of standards for procedures

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    great place to start a career

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HSBC Canada

    Pros

    cool projects
    good workplace
    possibility to move internationally

    Cons

    not very organized
    heavy processes
    not focused on right priorities sometimes

  7.  

    A great place to work and grow. Difficult to move out of lower job band positions.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Support Officer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Support Officer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, great facilities.

    Cons

    Training, Difficult to move out of lower job band positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Depends on your manager.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    All over the place...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HSBC Canada

    Pros

    The work was interesting and the company name is well known and looks good on a resume. They seem to believe strongly in trial by fire, as their training on new systems or proprietary systems is very lack-luster.

    Cons

    Management and objectives are all over the place. They don't seem to have clear goals from year to year except to maintain the status quo with aging systems and IT infrastructure as a whole. From a top down perspective, it seems as if there is a lot of talk about things, but no one really taking action to make things happen, even when things are necessary. They are very reactive to problems instead of pro-active to ensuring problems do not happen.

  9.  

    AML Compliance Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AML Compliance Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - AML Compliance Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great environment to work in HSBC

    Cons

    AML / ATF field challengeable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    great environment and and friendly team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-Op Intern in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Co-Op Intern in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    great facilities including napping room, gym and a big cafeteria. Friendly working environment and very casual during meetings and day to day work. Work life balance was good, and was encouraged to not work late with flexible hours and option to work from home

    Cons

    Considering the size of the company and the large building, it is hard to get to know everyone in the company, relationships with other teams may be challenging to establish may be due to lack of communication of misunderstandings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A global bank which is not localized enough.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Premium Banker in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Premium Banker in Richmond, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. High staff turnover, which means faster promotion.
    Global network connection.

    Cons

    Limited products. Limited network support.
    Limited team collaboration between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on client, less on product sales.
    More collaboration among retail, business and commercial banking, as well as investment department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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