HSBC Holdings

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HSBC Holdings Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
978 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 50 reviews)

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153 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great ppl, great opportunities, great history

    Cons

    there is no work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Decent employer that will recognise effort.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Will strongly encourage staff to develop their skills but it is up to the staff to make the running. Little evidence of them and us culture between staff and management. Good career opportunities on a global basis. Good HQ location.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, especially that created by a self serving HR dept getting the business to do their work. Who you know is as important as what you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rein in the HR dept and stop them lumbering the business with work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Ok depending on which sector you work at.

    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with, good training offered.

    Cons

    Sales pressure. Not much encouragement towards progression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone equally!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company

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

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings

    Pros

    Loyal to employees. Great culture.

    Cons

    Bit schizophrenic in strategy that changes every 3 years

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    KYC Subject Matter Expert

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - KYC Subject Matter Expert in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - KYC Subject Matter Expert in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Learning opportunities, multicultural staff, well known brand, working from home

    Cons

    Low salaries, work and life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more to keep the professional staff within the company

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer/Researcher in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer/Researcher in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at HSBC Holdings as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    relaxed environment, Had varied projects to handle

    Cons

    team members were on different sites, but communication via chat and video conferencing was very helpful indeed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Easy life to start working

    Cons

    Not as reputable as other competitors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good at attracting talent, not so good at retaining

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at HSBC Holdings full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Global company with an excellent brand and the recognition that goes with it. Ambitious in strategy and well positioned in emerging markets.Huge network and potential to leverage this network with clients.

    Cons

    Not very good at retaining talent as they just don't pay. Mediocrity is in the air and it is hard to differentiate yourself given the lack of reward and incentive culture. They call HSBC the civil service of the banking world.

    The only people I saw rewarded were those who played the political game or threatened to leave the company.

    Loyalty was not rewarded and nor hard work. HSBC is not a meritocracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't over promise on the graduate schemes. Assign a mentor to the juniors and ensure they are rewarded and motivated for their loyalty to the firm. Pay a market rate for talented future high calibre employees. Promote from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Have to get into the right department. Most bad departments are in support functions/ back/middle office

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at HSBC Holdings full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good name for the CV. Likely to meet old friends there as it is such a big employer. HQ location is very good.

    Cons

    Too much office politics if not in correct department. Too much bureaucracy due to derisking initiatives. Bad work-life balance. Pay below median.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect more with all levels. Simplify management structure. Serious consider pay rises, at least match inflation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HSS Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - HSS Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good culture, nice people, good work/life balance on the whole, Meaningful work, Reasonable compensation for work done

    Cons

    Work was not really challenging and career prospects were not the best in the very long-run, as well as in terms of exit opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work; increase in size in terms of assets under custody to attract talent

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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