HSBC Canada Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
157 Reviews
3.2
157 Reviews
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Pros
  • Where positions allow it, they offer the best work-life balance you could find (in 8 reviews)

  • Nice building; good benefits; people generally fine to work with (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, not much work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Long long hours with no OT pay since everyone is considered a "manager" (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    HSBC Persona Banker

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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.  

    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

  3.  

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

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    • 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 for 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
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    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.

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    AML Compliance Analyst

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  7.  

    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 for less than a 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
  8.  

    A global bank which is not localized enough.

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    • 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 for 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
  9.  

    Great staff, lots of fun.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Collections Representative  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Collections Representative in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at HSBC Canada full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent management, listened to staff, HR really took our concerns seriously. Good hours, open communication and lots of fun get togethers

    Cons

    Some evening and weekend work, did have issues with previous management, but HR took action.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up, where ever you may go next.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Place to learn fast and work with very talented employees. Project Management is well established.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at HSBC Canada full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefit package
    Good PMO Structure

    Cons

    Long hours, not much work life balance
    Poor pay
    Human Resource is located in UK. Hard to get information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance
    Human Resource should be available to locals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Sr. Modeling Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Modeling Analyst  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Modeling Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at HSBC Canada full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Structured org to start your career to build your hard coar analytics skill set and soft skill set requred in large organizations

    Cons

    Slower career growth path compare to other industries, but still be able to ahead the curve if you are able to capticalize the opportunites along the way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more into analytics function and embrace more talents from different industries like retail, telecom to innovate analytics practises

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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