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2016

"HSBC is a goliath, which means it tends to move quite slowly. There are a few layers of bureaucracy, though that is understandable as banking is a heavily regulated industry."
Graduate, London
"Communication can be lacking."
Graduate, Liverpool
"Some of the internal systems at the bank are outdated and cause regular headaches."
Graduate, London
"The management team is rather understaffed at present when it comes to graduates."
Graduate, London
"Sometimes, the bureaucracy can slow down urgent matters."
Graduate, London
"Communication from the central graduate team is not always clear. It can often feel that you get a lot more support and guidance if you are a regular employee rather than a graduate."
Graduate, Leeds
"A behemoth of an organisation means it can be bureaucratic and slow to change. This can lead to even simple activities, such as getting a new phone number, feeling overly complicated."
Graduate, London
"Being restricted by regulations and cost-cutting."
Graduate, Various across UK
"The cost-cutting environment can be annoying."
Graduate, Miami
"There are many layers of bureaucracy throughout the company."
Graduate, London

2015

"IT systems can be frustrating and are in need of improvement."
Graduate, London
"As HSBC is a very big company, there is often more bureaucracy."
Graduate, London
"As with many huge companies it can be difficult to navigate and understand your place in it."
Graduate, London
"Some processes can be a bit slow as the company is very risk averse and actions need many levels of approval."
Graduate, London
"IT systems are a bit outdated so certain processes can take longer than expected."
Graduate, London
"A lot is expected of every graduate. I find myself regularly having to manage people's expectations."
Graduate, London
"HSBC is a large organisation with a certain amount of bureaucracy and my hours are fairly long."
Graduate, London
"Large amounts of bureaucracy within the company and a lack of flexibility in my role."
Graduate, London
"It can be challenging working in a high intensity/very pressured environment for such long hours."
Graduate, London
"The IT system is often a headache."
Graduate, London
"The hours are occasionally quite tough in my department - this will not suit everyone."
Entry level, London
"As in any organisation of such a size, some processes at HSBC are slower because of unavoidable bureaucracy."
Entry level, London

2014

"I guess because of the organisation's incredible size there is red tape and boxes that need ticking that often cause simple non-work related tasks to take longer than they could."
Graduate, London
"A large, global organisation necessarily involves some bureaucracy."
Graduate, London
"The hours can be long."
Graduate, London
"It can sometimes be a stressful environment."
Graduate, London
"I find that the organisation structure can be very complex."
Graduate, London
Our 'Inside Buzz' reviews are the comments and views of recent graduate recruits, giving you a view of what it may be like to work for an organisation. Copyright of all TARGETjobs Inside Buzz material lies solely with GTI Media.
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