HSBC Holdings Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
968 Reviews
3.4
968 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 118 reviews)

  • Work from home is always a plus, but you can't always do so (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Terrible work life balance for a great deal of the employees (in 36 reviews)

  • Lots of senior management changes and their dedication in investing US is not clear (in 49 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings

    Pros

    Great Learning Experience in finance

    Cons

    Too Many Temporary Positions in finance

  2.  

    I Enjoyed working for them

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Malta, NY

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good perks, Nice office environment, no pressure to sell but it was encourage in a healthy way.

    Cons

    beureaucracy drove me mad, and sometimes inter departmental co-operation was difficult to find.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less beuraucracy, more rewards for out of scope staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary and opportunities to work abroad

    Cons

    Political environment, lots of preferred people. You need to be part of the "trust" circle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership is weak, most of managers and directors work by imposing fear to employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good people, outdated systems, bureaucratic environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate, Global Markets in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate, Global Markets in New York, NY

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Low ego environment, meritocratic, global network

    Cons

    Outdated systems, Lower pay than street

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent pay, but chaotic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings

    Pros

    Good start pay for this field

    Cons

    No work/life balance in phone positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to promote people with experience, instead of friends/ significant others

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work for and friendly working environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Peaceful and friendly working environment and culture

    Cons

    the working place is a little far away

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings as a contractor

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Good company to work for

  9.  

    Contract

    Current Employee - Senior IT in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior IT in New York, NY

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings as a contractor

    Pros

    Work conditions good. Knowlegable people.

    Cons

    Not open. Not much sahring of information

  10.  

    Large bank with very little innovation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    They do not expect their employees to work as hard as other IB. The pace is more similar to a retail bank. If you are smart it is easy to shine. It is a global company, so you'll get exposed more to how other countries do business. They strive to put in global system and process, which has its cost and benefit.

    Cons

    They do not attract the best talent. Most senior positions are held by British, including many US positions. They have international managers whom they rotate in and out of different countries as senior managers they are generalist who often do not have the expertise of the position they fill. It is a place of who you know rather than what you know

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to keeping the talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good for basic growth but not for furthering carreer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are fantastic. The work/life balance is very flexible.

    Cons

    Not much movement for growth into upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    competitive compensation and more growth opportunities for current seniors.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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