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Get the inside buzz from graduates at HSBC

8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 24 ratings in 2016)
"Dynamic, dependable, driven."
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  • Some felt the bank’s technology and systems were outdated.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...

"Be yourself and be honest. It's okay to not know the answer to something."

"I work in a senior team but everyone is very friendly and happy to help me out. Generally,..."

"We are in the heart of Canary Wharf, with top office design and good facilities -..."

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

"Not many other grad programmes pay this much and still allow you to work 9.00 am..."

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

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

"Questions included: Why HSBC? What is the greatest challenge the bank is facing?..."

"HSBC takes its carbon footprint very seriously and is committed to reducing this..."

"Mentors are available and often very senior. Feedback is regularly written and fed..."

"HSBC is among leading companies in promoting diversity. Equal and fair treatment..."

"It's dependent on performing well at all times, building and maintaining good relationships,..."

"Corporate social responsibility, in particular the environmental aspect, is very..."

"I have a wide range of daily duties, many of which offer great intellectual stimulus..."

"The best thing is that HSBC global banking and market division encourages everyone..."

"Communication from the central graduate team is not always clear. It can often feel..."

"We have three huge UK grad committees."

"Global, stable, inclusive, growing."

"The development opportunities."

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

"HSBC has dedicated insight programmes and recruitment schemes aimed at bright students..."

"A little bit of clearer communication would be useful."

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