HSBC Canada
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Updated Apr 10, 2014

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Paulo Maia


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Pros:
  • "Where positions allow it, they offer the best work-life balance you could find"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Nice building; good benefits; people generally fine to work with"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "Long long hours with no OT pay since everyone is considered a "manager""
    in 7 reviews
  • "Lots of senior management changes and direction changes"
    in 7 reviews
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not bad

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsGood support from managers; Will guide you to where you want.

ConsWhen I first start, the training wasn't that great.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be better to train supervisors how to train newbies

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Big organization

Business Banking Specialist (Former Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

ProsInternational presence in banking industry.

ConsTerrible organizational culture and work environment; poor performance evaluation and job advancement system.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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World's local bank experience. Premier International Banking Center.

Premier Banker (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

ProsWorldwide connected. Transfer premier relationship all over the world.

ConsAverage salary. Salary expectation and minimum requirement does not match.

Advice to Senior ManagementValue employees experience.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Overall, it was a good experience, hence I stayed there for 5+ years.

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

ProsBenefits package is pretty good and vacation days are fairly generous. Better than other people I've spoken to that also work in the banking industry. I work on projects and the people I generally deal with are pleasant to work with. I did like the culture and value of HSBC.

ConsI find that the salary is not as competitive as other banks. Probably not a con for everybody but their head office is in Vancouver. Since I work in a project environment, majority of our meetings were held online/ over conference lines. Face to face meetings were not always possible.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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personal banker

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at HSBC Canada part-time

Prosgood salary nice staff good working environment stable

Consfew opportunity to grow, few full time position for personal banker , manager gave you too much pressure most client speak cantonese

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Great opportunities if you know where to look in an international bank.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at HSBC Canada

ProsStrong global brand, international bank, located in Vancouver

ConsTop heavy, and limited banking in Canada

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great team and work environment

Customer Service Representative (Former Employee)

I worked at HSBC Canada part-time for less than a year

Pros-great people to work with in a great team atmosphere
-good opportunity to learn and gain experience

Cons-limited opportunity to gain exposure to other business areas

Advice to Senior Management-provide more development opportunities

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Terrible, just terrible.

Business Systems Consultant (Former Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

I worked at HSBC Canada as a contractor for less than a year

ProsIf you can figure out what game to play, and then figure out how to play it well - there will be success for you here.

ConsWhere to begin?
- non-existent communication between "management" and the analysts.
- they won't pay for the time you have worked, only what they arbitrarily *think* you have done
- the technology is antiquated and no one appears concerned about actually improving anything, save for looking good in the face of other departments
- and do not bother trying to learn anything. no one talks and there is no documentation.
- do not bother thinking for yourself, there is no room for that here. Emails with unsavoury grammar will be composed on your behalf and you will be expected to send them as your own, whether or not you agree with its message.
- if you like a collaborative work environment - this is definitely *not* the place for you.
- if you like professionalism - this is also not the place for you.

Advice to Senior ManagementRun!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at HSBC Canada part-time for less than a year

Prosflexible hours, friendly team entry level

Conspicking favorite, unstable locations, rotation

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Waste you life

QA Manager (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

ProsA famous brand, that's it!

Cons- Very easy to maintain your job if you are "smart" enough, just play with them, when everybody is fighting for their tasks, you can only cost 2 hours to finish the job for the whole week, then pretend hard working
- Very easy to deal with the managers or whoever above your position, just play your role like in a drama, say what they think you should say, do what look smart but actually stupid as management suggested.
- Very easy to feel proud if you are in IT department, as they are using systems from Jurassic Period, if you know a bit Database, or coding .NET ...just something very superficial, you may look like a HERO to them.
- Very nice OLD employ will teach you get a long with managers, as they will be your reference in the future.
- Very nice peers will strongly support you to find another job outside of the company when they think you are a danger one, who blocked their way up.
- Very hi-tech management will provide you a blackberry to ring you up at 2 am and asks you to give a response in 20 mins without over time pay.
- Very easy to avoid making any trouble at work, what you need to know is make things as big as you can, let as many as ppl to involve, they will fight with each other very quickly and eventually totally forget about who you are and what you have done, sometimes even yourself dont know who you are!
- Very fair anonymous survey every year as all managers will 100% sure who gave them negative feedback.

Advice to Senior Managementyou guys are hopeless

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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