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HSBC Holdings Burnaby Reviews

Updated December 8, 2016
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Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great workplace, Flexible hours"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Competitive compensation and benefits.
    - Flexible hour and remote working
    - 5 weeks of vacation after working 3 yrs at my position

    Cons

    - Recent and upcoming layoffs and move work to China and India
    - Often work out of office hours for offshore teams
    - Not in line with the latest IT technology


  2. "Programmer Analyst"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Fun to work. Weekly fun activities

    Cons

    As intern not able to connect with other teams


  3. "Good place to work if you have a family"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good compensation. Encourage employees to work from home.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape. Outdated technology. Lack of innovation. Poor communication between teams.


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  5. "Ok"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant Business Systems in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Consultant Business Systems in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, office, share option

    Cons

    Need more technical management. Projects should not be spread across more than 2 different timezones for better work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Need more technical management


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good for experience but leave early"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global exposure
    Reasonable hours
    Work life balance
    Name brand on your resume

    Cons

    Outdated "future" technology stack
    Not a meritocracy
    Lack of professionalism in all levels of management
    Vastly lower than industry standard pay

    Advice to Management

    Look into your middle management teams, often they take credit for work that is not theirs. Give true leadership opportunities to those who deserve it. Bump up the pay to industry standards and enforce proper channels of feedback to people you work with.


  7. "So-so"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, casual and nice benefits of you're thinking for long term.

    Cons

    Limited growth, low pay compared to other companies in the industry. Fixed technologies being used. Not much company events. Night meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure employees are happy to make them stay


  8. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Intern in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good brand, work/life balance, multi-culture, good management and leaderships.

    Cons

    some interns don't get to do "real" work. The company is too big.

    Advice to Management

    encourage interns to get engaged more.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good company to work for, but globalisation takes it toll."

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, in the IT department folks generally get 25-30 days of annual vacation. People are nice and generally follows a well defined protocol. Company offers numerous training, but most of them are not technical in nature. There is flexibility with work hours and working from home is well accepted.

    Cons

    Projects are demanding, personal sacrifice is observed for many flagship projects. Generally salary is capped early in the career and it is difficult to move up to a higher job band. Work life balance is difficult to maintain due to global team augmentation model (parts of the team will always be offshore in India, Brazil, or China). Meetings outside of what is usually considered core hours elsewhere takes place on a regular basis. The bank tends to be overly receptive of IBM solutions that has a recent track record of undermining employee's productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage young devs by giving them a clear path of career advancement, improve work life balance issues by breaking up units of work so dependencies between teams in different regions are minimised. Move away from IBM products that promises too much.


  10. "Not bad"

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    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back; decent benefits; managers are ok; overall office atmosphere is pretty good

    Cons

    it's hard to make any good transitions within the bank

    Advice to Management

    There should be more exposure to different teams within the bank, especially for new employees.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "IT Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great exposure to Global Business and IT teams

    Cons

    Very low salary
    No work life balance



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