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8.7 / 10

(based on 20 ratings in 2016)

2016

"HSBC has a good atmosphere and employees are very approachable, even managers who are more senior than you. As a graduate, you will find yourself having coffees and catch ups almost every week. After-hours socialising depend very much on the team you are working in. Younger teams tend to hang out a lot more in a social context, especially Friday afternoons. However, this does not apply across the board."
Graduate, London
"I work in a senior team but everyone is very friendly and happy to help me out. Generally, the hours are very sociable, which is rare in banking. The bank is obviously very hierarchical but there is a lot of room to meet senior staff."
Graduate, London
"The culture seems to vary depending on where people are based. My current location is very friendly – there are regular team events and a healthy work/life balance is encouraged. People are not expected to be working 12-hour days."
Graduate, St Helier
"I think the culture is really strong and people are mostly pleasant and hard-working."
Graduate, London
"There can be a massive difference in culture between different offices and locations. I don't think there is an overall culture."
Graduate, Leeds
"There's a lot of banter around the office and grads have a lot of fun after hours."
Graduate, London
"There's generally a good company culture but I think there are large discrepancies between different teams within the bank and therefore I expect a lot of differences in opinion."
Graduate, London
"Everyone is really friendly and always open to having a chat no matter how senior. The global nature of the business can make it difficult to do anything fast due to the complex structure."
Graduate, Various across UK
"It's very hierarchical but there is a good work ethic in the teams I have worked in. They are very supportive and communicative too. After hours, there is the occasional social function organised within the team and there has been a sports and social club at all the locations I have worked in."
Graduate, London
"It's incredible. Senior execs will still talk to you about silly things – everyone is a genuine person. They are all open, dependable and connected, which are our main values."
Graduate, London

2015

"HSBC very much respects the fact that employees need to maintain a decent work/life balance as well as having a gym on-site and a multitude of social and sports club which you can join to enhance the community spirit. On the trading floor the hierarchical structure is kept as flat as possible."
Entry level, London
"In general I feel the company offers quite a good work/life balance. There is a hierarchy but most of the time I find senior managers are approachable if they are not too busy. Cooperation between teams could be improved if incentives were more aligned (this is a structural issue though)."
Graduate, London
"I would describe the culture here as hard working but with a very flat and open structure."
Entry level, London
"The bank really has a soft and inclusive culture. People are in general very friendly and approachable and there are a lot of social events after work. Overall the culture is enjoyable."
Entry level, London
"People are lovely and friendly, very approachable and team focussed. Colleagues are always willing to help you out."
Graduate, London
"I have found that the culture can vary a fair amount between teams but, in general, HSBC is a lot more relaxed and friendly than other banks and financial institutions."
Graduate, London
"Graduate are all of a similar culture and like to socialise after work. I have also had plenty of opportunities to expand my network in many events organised by graduates and HR alike."
Graduate, London
"The culture is the organisation's differentiator. The most I have benefited from the culture is when moving to Hong Kong for my international rotation and not knowing anyone. Colleagues have been welcoming, spending time with me to give me advice from both a career development and personal development perspective. I have been introduced to people and been taken out for lunch almost every day. You become part of the team quickly and get to know colleagues on a personal level making work much more enjoyable."
Graduate, London/Hong Kong
"The team is very experienced, helpful and friendly, they create as many opportunities for me to learn as possible and try to find time to walk me through processes. We normally go on lunches and occasionally go for dinner/drinks after work."
Graduate, London
"All of my colleagues (and most everybody I have encountered) are open and willing to discuss intricacies of their jobs and how it impacts my limited understanding of the bank."
Graduate, London

2014

"The team is nice and many people from different departments often come together and go for drinks after work."
Graduate, London
"The social life within the company is something that I feel is incomparable to many other places of work. There is always a chance to meet with and build relationships with both your peers, and very senior stakeholders. The bank is also very supportive of extra-curricular activities, ranging from rugby and football, to charity work and the Alumni proposition."
Graduate, London
"In the office, you are encouraged to talk to different people and in fact, the office is designed so that you can talk to people easily. People are willing to spend time to explain to you what they do and what value they provide to the company regardless of their ranks. After work, we have lots of social events."
Graduate, London
"It is a fairly relaxed culture, there is no 'face-time' concept, and depending on your team there is a lot of socialisation after work. Hierarchy is very flat in the Asset Management segment and throughout the investment bank."
Graduate, London
"The culture is friendly and inclusive. For example, I have found that senior colleagues are always accommodative if you want to spend some time with them to learn about a different area. Graduates are treated as full members of the team, and their opinions are both listened to and respected, in my experience. There is also a range of groups, clubs and societies to get involved in."
Graduate, London
"I think that the culture is all about diversity, open-mindedness, doing the right thing, honesty and helping out each other."
Graduate, London
"The culture is great - it encourages you to learn and to ask questions in a pleasant environment to work in. Senior managers are approachable and everyone works together to achieve an end goal. The social aspect is also good."
Graduate, London
"The company culture is very open and friendly, people are very approachable and usually happy to help/collaborate. There is not a lot of focus on hierarchies, which makes it easy for analysts to get exposure to fairly senior employees, and also creates an atmosphere where it is not intimidating to ask questions or approach people."
Graduate, London
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