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Former Employee - Senior Tech PM  in  Mettawa, IL
Former Employee - Senior Tech PM in Mettawa, IL

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

Pros

Variety of opportunities within the company, great people to work with, international opportunities, lots of interesting projects in different verifcals

Cons

Squeezed by the economy, not great work life balance, sometimes short term vision or no vision; buffetted by the winds, some managers great, others not so much

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Raise employee engagement

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Very little actually gets done

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

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

    Pros

    Relatively good job stability, pay, and benefits. Was a good place to work years ago.

    Cons

    The company is ridiculously bureaucratic. People say they are busy, but most of what is happening is meeting after meeting with very little or no action. The idea that HSBC can implement systems on a global scale and have decision making for 80+ countries in a few people's hands has created a culture that is slow to move, blames others, and is hyper-political. It is a frustrating place to work if you want to learn and have a sense of accomplishment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to regional decision making, especially in regards to IT systems for lines of business that are not naturally global.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Perhaps not the best place for an ambitious person to start out

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

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

    Pros

    Good work - life balance and the culture wasn't excessively demanding (or at least no more so than you would expect at a 2nd tier investment bank). They were also good about getting you training when you asked for it, but you had to be the one actively seeking out opportunities for development.

    Cons

    The organisation was very slow at adapting to change and not very innovative. It felt like a place you come to retire rather than to start your career. Also didn't spend too much time/resources in encouraging employees' personal and professional development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to development! Especially among junior employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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