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Get the inside buzz from graduates at HSBC

8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 24 ratings in 2016)
"Connected and forward-thinking."
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  • Some felt the bank’s technology and systems were outdated.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...

"At this stage, academic intelligence is a given. To stand out individuals must shine..."

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

"The office I am in now is brilliant. Very spacious, views of the ocean with adequate..."

"Your hours depend on which team you are in; M&A work longer hours compared to other..."

"My pay is massively above that of my contemporaries."

"The pension scheme is extremely competitive with company standard contribution percentage..."

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

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

"There is a good commitment from HSBC on carbon footprint reduction."

"Given the small size of the department, the level of exposure I have to senior management..."

"I am part of a diversity-driven employee-resource group committed to this. I think..."

"Apparently, as a graduate, there is an expectation that you can be promoted regularly..."

"There are frequent charity events, and a graduate charity stream for new joiners..."

"The work is standard in the morning and varies in the afternoon (projects, etc.)..."

"The people are a great plus; everyone is helpful and welcoming. The work is interesting..."

"I find that the organisation structure can be very complex."

"We are all getting an extra days holiday next year to celebrate our 150th anniversary...."

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

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

"Most of the training was brilliant, we had a really good set of teachers. The structure..."

"Applicants are encouraged from all backgrounds and there is certainly no rule in..."

"Provide greater support and more clarity about the breadth of roles available to..."

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