HSBC First Year Summer Intern at HSBC

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Enfield Greater London
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Banking - Retail

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6.9/10

The Role
7.0
Organisation
6.6

Socialising

7.2

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I enjoyed the internship mainly because it got me out of bed and was something to do. The staff in my branch were really friendly and I learnt quite a lot about the bank and the way the retail branches work. I liked that we had lots of activities outside of work, e.g. going to Leeds to learn about First Direct and also to do charity work on a farm. You get to meet the other interns and as there are lots of networking events, you get to know each other well and become good friends.

7/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

The staff were extremely helpful and didn't just disregard me. They listened to me and always had time to answer my questions.

9/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

All the managers were checking up on me to make sure that I was happy and had something to do. I had a couple of one-to-one's with the branch manager and had plenty of time to chat to my line manager.

7/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Most of the time I was quite busy. On the odd occasion towards the end of the internship I had boring days with nothing to do.

7/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Not as much as I would have liked to. I think I could have done more as an intern despite only being there for 7 weeks.

4/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I have improved my communication and networking skills. I have also learned about the banking industry which is relevant for my degree.

8/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Most of the staff were relatively young and liked to have a laugh. Even the branch manager was making jokes and pulling pranks on other staff!

8/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

It took me 3 weeks to get a login ID and to have my email set up which was quite frustrating as it meant that my work was limited during that time. Afterwards, everything was OK but I expected more from a company as big as HSBC.

4/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

There were quite a few training and networking events. The company spent quite a bit of money on training each intern in terms of travel and accommodation costs.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • National Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
5/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I haven't been offered a second internship but other interns who are on their second internship have said that it is likely that I will be offered one. The company wouldn't invest so much money into someone if they plan on letting them go, and there is a financial bonus for accepting a second internship/graduate programme.

8/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

All the other interns were great. They were fun and intelligent and I got along well with most of them.

9/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Could have been better, but then again I was in London.

7/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Not bad, there are a couple of clubs nearby.

6/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

The other interns and gradutes constantly planned events for the interns to come together and have fun.

7/10

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