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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 24 ratings in 2016)
"Supportive, demanding, rigorous, dependable."
8.7 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.3 / 10
8.3 / 10
8.5 / 10
8.7 / 10
7.8 / 10


  • Graduates felt that the hours were very reasonable for banking and offered a lot of flexibility.
  • The culture within the office is collaborative and social.
  • HSBC's global reach means that there are opportunities for international work.
  • Managers support graduate development and lots of high-quality training courses are on offer.


  • The large size of the organisation can lead to a certain amount of inevitable bureaucracy.
  • The team management the graduate scheme was believed by some to be under-staffed.
  • Some felt the bank’s technology and systems were outdated.
  • Communication on the graduate scheme could potentially be improved.

What insiders say about...

"The application process is very similar to that of other banks. The best thing to..."

"I think the culture is really strong and people are mostly pleasant and hard-working...."

"Our office in Canary Wharf is so very modern. The dress code smart, always, but how..."

"Working hours are quite flexible but your total hours will depend on your team. You..."

"Good remuneration and pension package."

"There are some great (free) optional lectures and training classes available."

"There was an initial online application form with competency and motivational questions...."

"What will the world be like in 2050? Why HSBC? Why Technology? What are your strengths..."

"I've not noticed much. There's a lot of travel due to some things moving to Birmingham...."

"Junior managers are hands-on with regular meetings. Senior managers hold regular..."

"The firm prides itself on inclusivity and diversity and has dedicated initiatives..."

"Amazing opportunities. In such a huge and global organisation, the world really is..."

"HSBC runs a number of projects, which employees are actively encouraged to get involved..."

"There is a lot of Excel involved in my job, including use of VBA. There are also..."

"HSBC has a great international focus, very good values and offers lots of opportunities..."

"HSBC is a large organisation with a certain amount of bureaucracy and my hours are..."

"We have three huge UK grad committees."

"Dynamic, dependable, driven."

"I wanted to work for HSBC because they offer the opportunity to move around, especially..."

"The range of training material available is tremendous with both internal and external..."

"Opportunities are open to all applicants with appropriate ability and experience,..."

"All I can think of is potentially more flexibility around exams."

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