HSBC Holdings

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HSBC Holdings Reviews in Burnaby, BC

6 Reviews
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HSBC Holdings Chief Executive Stuart T. Gulliver
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance gets much better starting second year when you are more adapted (in 117 reviews)

  • Work from home is always a plus, but you can't always do so (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Terrible work life balance for a great deal of the employees (in 37 reviews)

  • Lots of senior management changes and their dedication in investing US is not clear (in 50 reviews)

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  1.  

    Hard work but rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Benefits and flexible work schedule are a real plus. Staff genuinely try their best and I have always experienced my coworkers to want to do the right thing. Average 20-25 days vacation to start but this time is also used for sick time. However, if one is sick for more than 3 days, short term disability is available.

    Cons

    Expected to give a lot of yourself to succeed. Can be draining and very competitive workplace. There is a 20/70/10 performance policy which is essentially a bell curve that can be de motivating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest back into human capital to relieve workload.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to develop your career and diversify your job experience & exposures

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at HSBC Holdings full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Truly global work environment, Get to travel for work, dynamic & multi-cultural

    Cons

    Global work sometimes is quite demanding when it comes to teleconference with another countries and continent(different time zone), Virtual team is not always effective to produce outputs within limited time frame

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very nice people, but culture a bit too performance driven.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Technical Analyst in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Technical Analyst in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at HSBC Holdings as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    There is very fast movement in this company if you work hard. Especially if you are younger many employees seem very settled in and content so you can really do well if you put in effort.

    Cons

    A little bit monotonous. Sometimes promotions are withheld if a dept does not want to let you go. Too many performance measure and pressure sometimes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good place to work, if you like smooching butt and are deemed part of the "club"

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    vacation entitlement higher than norm

    Cons

    salaries, pay bumps and bonuses are below industry norm.
    very little opportunity for changing jobs internally, for such a large company
    little chance of promotions, unless you've been indentified as a "star" - which likely means you're skillful at smooching butt. It's not about your performance at HSBC; it's about how you fit into the "club".
    Old Gulliver is a bean counter who knows nothing more and is using this approach to managing the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be gone!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Development in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings

    Pros

    Career development opportunities are available.

    Cons

    Long hours of working and very competitive environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers usually have plenty of experience

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Chaotic poor middle management

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings

    Pros

    Interesting work when it's managed appropriately.

    Cons

    Complete and utter chaos, poor management, little accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make IT accountable for business objectives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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