HSBC Canada Reviews in Canada

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
157 Reviews
3.2
157 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Amazing Company to work for and with!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant  in  Sudbury, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Sudbury, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    I loved my job, the people I worked with and for. This company takes care of its employees. With bonuses, benefits, retirement planning, savings plans, employee recognition, work recognition the works!!!

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wish the office in Sudbury, Ontario Canada would re-open. I LOVED my experience and position as an SA there. BEST POSITION I HAVE HELD, PREVIOUSLY, AND TO DATE! Please reconsider opening an office up in Sudbury again....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  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.  

    Intern

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    • 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 for less than a 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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  5.  

    Hsbc bank Canada

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    • 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.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 for 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
  8.  

    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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    No one hurts anyone
    equal opportunity

    Cons

    Mediocre, risk averse, too big

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more business like

  9. 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.

  10.  

    Not bad

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    • 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 for less than a 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for 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

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