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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 24 ratings in 2016)
"Many international opportunities for those who seek them out...."
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  • Some felt the bank’s technology and systems were outdated.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. Be well prepared and apply your actions and answers back to HSBC's core..."

"In the office, you are encouraged to talk to different people and in fact, the office..."

"The offices themselves are usually very well maintained and, for most locations,..."

"You're able to work from home at times. Working hours are in line with many in the..."

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

"Excellent pension and there are relocation expenses too. There are a huge number..."

"The first stage is the online application, which comprises several open-ended questions..."

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

"There are major energy reduction plans in offices."

"It depends what team you are in. At the moment, I don't get as much recognition from..."

"HSBC has a strong commitment, to diversity, with various ongoing intitiatives."

"You can't move up until you complete the graduate scheme but once you have you move..."

"HSBC runs major water and education programmes in Africa and Asia."

"I am in a role that exists outside of a graduate remit. It has duties and responsibilities..."

"Internal opportunities to work in different teams and locations."

"The hours can be long."

"HSBC stands for The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation."

"Supportive, demanding, rigorous, dependable."

"I met someone who did the role I was thinking of applying to. They clearly loved..."

"I have had soft skills training and more technical training relating to other aspects..."

"HSBC give new interns and graduates a good salary, so that applicants can comfortably..."

"I would have liked more time given to graduate development and mentorship, and more..."

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