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HSBC Holdings London Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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London, England (UK)

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HSBC Holdings Chief Executive Stuart T. Gulliver
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  1. "Good momentum"

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    Current Employee - Digital Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Digital Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Resources, good technical hires, digital very much sponsored by c level, global reach, open to try new ways of working

    Cons

    Complexity, inefficiencies when hiring too many managers and too few doers, too heavily reliant on consultants for key work, some politics

    Advice to Management

    Less people


  2. "Transformation Manager"

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    Former Employee - Business Change Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Change Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good team and good management support

    Cons

    Slow in decision making, to much top level management

  3. "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great culture, approachable top management and a lot of career opportunities

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to navigate due to its large size


  4. "Professional environment"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Senior Project Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I worked in RBWM for 1 and half years. The programme was well funded, professional and almost everyone I worked with had a good attitude, was personable and wanted to achieve for the firm.
    It was very interesting working with people across the bank's key global markets and it was a good opportunity to travel and adapt my style to the motivations and culture of the different local teams.

    Cons

    Very little face to face interaction - everyone scattered around UK and rest of globe. Slower to get things done.
    Several competing silos, with some people making it very hard to co-operate across areas and regions.
    Everything affected by excessive risk aversion/management and suffocated by blanket layers of Global standards.


  5. "Flexible place to work"

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    Former Employee - Credit Card Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Credit Card Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible approach to hours amd remote working
    Very good employee benefits i.e. pension, income protection, option to buy more holiday

    Cons

    Slow change processes and approach to project planning can be frustrating sometimes
    Executive management not always connected to true people issues

    Advice to Management

    Review your treatment of those long term service employees who leave the business, more appreciation of their contribution is needed.


  6. "Architect"

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    Former Employee - Architect in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Architect in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible work hours, most of the colleagues were friendly

    Cons

    too much complexity in the organisation and politics


  7. "Good Place"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very high day rate, depending on team it can be very interesting place to work

    Cons

    Not a place to freely work, some department heads feel like everything and even stop working from home

  8. "Complex and dry"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A big organisation that has a lot of people with specialist knowledge. Global and an opportunity to learn a lot about how huge organisations work.

    Cons

    A bit soulless and dry. No sense of community and it feels like there is a room of strangers. No sense of belonging, achievement and the values are just a theoretical branding exercise.


  9. "HSBC HSS Corporate Trust Terrible place to work"

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    Former Employee - Department Head in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Department Head in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There could be no pros other than it paid the bills

    Cons

    Absolutely no motivation, very demanding bosses and unrealistic expectations. No Manager knows to recognise the hard work, and there is a private club where the chosen few are members, You are either in or for sure OUT. Uses HR tactics of non performance and challenges talents of employees to get them out in the most terribe way. The corporate trust business has 50% staff on stress leave. Strong favouritism and boderline racist

    Advice to Management

    Learn to recognise and appreciate hard work. do not reap where you have not sown


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, great work/life balance .........
    Interesting and rewarding contracts to work on, people engaging and majority of personnel professional, diligent and articulate

    Cons

    Canteen at Head Office expensive
    Can be difficult to get an interview dependent on who you know .......

    Advice to Management

    IT SLAs can impact delivery


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