HSBC Holdings Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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HSBC Holdings Chief Executive Stuart T. Gulliver
Stuart T. Gulliver
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Pros
  • Flexible time with work/life balance (in 117 reviews)

  • flexible working, able to work from home once if not twice a week (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • No work/life balance in phone positions (in 37 reviews)

  • senior management don't seem to care too much about those who actually do the work (in 50 reviews)

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  1. GLT Business Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good work-life balance good benefits package

    Cons

    salary is lower than average companies


  2. best

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CDD Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - CDD Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure,fun at work, learning,employee friendly and best place to work

    Cons

    there is no Cons to the former company


  3. Good for Work-Life balance

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at HSBC Holdings as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked in the Change Management function and 3 key things stand out: - Programme type is as complex as you can get them since the bank is global; its good is you're looking for substantial work to sink your teeth into. - There is lots of exposure to international stakeholders since colleagues are spread all over the globe, this is mostly virtual interaction but depending on role, there is international travel involved. - Flexible working is popular though not a benefit for all teams to enjoy. Hence good for achieving a good level of work-life balance.

    Cons

    2 Key items here: - Pay rates are generally lower than in competitor banks and little to no leway to negotiate a rise once one is in. - Employees are sometimes boxed into roles and oppourtunities to work in other programme functions can take a while to materialize.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the work life balance as equitably and feasibly as possible across the board. Try to stick to market rates when employing so that you can remain interesting and comeptitive to potential employees.


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  5. Delivery Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HSBC Holdings full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    best place to work. great employment and excellent job.

    Cons

    too many applications for same functionality.

    Advice to Management

    need to streamline the applications


  6. n/a

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    Current Employee - No Selection in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - No Selection in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    it is a good and big company

    Cons

    the admin is too heavy and there are too many working groups or meetings


  7. Analytics

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at HSBC Holdings as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working in an international environment...Great manager... learning and networking opportunities

    Cons

    Can't think of any... It was an awesome experience and a good introduction to work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire international students


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    Okay

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HSBC Holdings full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues are very friendly and knowledgeable and the benefits offered are very competitive compared to other parts of the industry.

    Cons

    Do not have much confidence in the senior leadership and the hierarchy culture is very outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the hierarchy culture.


  9. good place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working environment is good and work life balance

    Cons

    Some processes are very slow bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of flab of vintage people who don't contribute


  10. Great company with promises of working globally not always true

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    Current Employee - Producer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Producer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large network of people all around the world. Great London location. Great salary and benefit

    Cons

    To much politics.. Who you know becomes more important then creating good work

    Advice to Management

    Let people do the job they where hired to do


  11. HSBC is a great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Head of A Function (GCB4) in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Head of A Function (GCB4) in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to try new and exciting things due to their bredth of activities. I was provided with a number of opportuities and fully supported in my activities. Very flexible workplace.

    Cons

    Large organisation can lead to bureaucracy and slowness to decision making. Navigating the bureaucracy was difficult and took a lot of the time in the day up.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on ensuring there is focus on the customer instead of internal beuracracy. There is a great amount of promise in the organisation, including the recent shift in work-life-balance and remote access.



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