Get the inside buzz from graduates at HSBC

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  • Some felt the bank’s technology and systems were outdated.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

"Review your professional, academic, and personal achievements using the STAR approach..."

"The culture is the organisation's differentiator. The most I have benefited from..."

"The HSBC HQ is one of London and Canary Wharf's signature buildings. Offices and..."

"In my experience, hours are not flexible and are quite long; I work from 9:30am until..."

"It's competitive pay with solid benefits."

"You can tailor your benefits package to your needs. This includes anything from choosing..."

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

"Questions I was asked included: why HSBC? Why Operations? What is going on in the..."

"HSBC is involved in a water programme and there are recycling bins on every floor...."

"Every graduate is assigned a mentor who's usually at Director level or above."

"HSBC has groups established for Women in Banking, Ethnic Minorities and LGBT."

"There is a defined line of progression in my role. Technical skills need to be combined..."

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

"My day-to-day role has changed considerably throughout the graduate scheme, having..."

"Good team atmosphere and not as aggressive as certain other investment banks. Equally..."

"A large, global organisation necessarily involves some bureaucracy."

"HSBC is Europe's biggest bank!"

"A very honest and enjoyable place to work that's full of good people."

"HSBC's growth prospects are amongst the most exciting in the industry."

"Induction programme was a great experience as we met the grads from global HSBC offices...."

"The company hires people based on their ability and potential, not their backgrounds...."

"I would have liked more time spent on division specific skills."

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