HSBC Holdings Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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HSBC Holdings Chief Executive Stuart T. Gulliver
Stuart T. Gulliver
305 Ratings

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. Great micro culture but too bureaucratic

    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at HSBC Holdings

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunity and mobility
    Strong management for card business unit
    Good recognition of high performers
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic that can stifle creativity
    Too focused on commercial banking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower local management teams
    Streamline bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Okay job

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commercial Floor Supervisor in Elmhurst, IL
    Current Employee - Commercial Floor Supervisor in Elmhurst, IL

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings

    Pros

    Good salary, learn a lot, promote from Within

    Cons

    Favoritism, management does not pitch in if needed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop favoring people based in relationships.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Predatory lender

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Call Center Power Sports in Wood Dale, IL
    Former Employee - Call Center Power Sports in Wood Dale, IL

    I worked at HSBC Holdings

    Pros

    not many at all to comment on

    Cons

    worked in call center time your calls 3 minutes max take a break on time even if you are on the phone but make sure you take 15 minutes and don't come back late. It was impossible to follow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of some of your managers and start taking care of your workers who actually do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Global Banking Credit Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HSBC Holdings

    Pros

    good training, salary is also good, has good leadership, the atmosphere of the office is great, a good place to work at.

    Cons

    there is nothing bad to say.there is nothing bad to say.there is nothing bad to say.there is nothing bad to say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Once Upon a Time Awesome

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings

    Pros

    Great work environment, lots of opportunity to advance.

    Cons

    Was ecompany, then came a shift management, which lead to a big layoff movement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice to contribute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Well run company with very talented employees and I enjoyed a variety of positions.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Planning Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Financial Planning Manager in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Intelligent employees and the business is well run. I enjoyed the opportunity to work in various departments during my career.

    Cons

    Business went through some abrupt changes and from time to time people were shaken out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create steadier business plans with less dramatic changes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. Really great experience so far

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Internal recruitment is really pushed

    Cons

    salary not good in comparison to competitors

  9. Fair

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, satisfying salary

    Cons

    goals are set too challenging, processes are just built up

  10. Alright experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings

    Pros

    work life balance is great, not many promotions

    Cons

    office culture says supports young talent but really no help

  11. A solid foundation to begin a career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Strong people, culture, attitude, and room for advancement.

    Cons

    Relatively inferior pay compared to the street and less support for career movement outside the bank.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase flexibility for geographical movement and require geographical movement during graduate analyst training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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