It’s a great place for women to work.
Some of the Pros are excellent training and learning opportunity. It is an employee friendly group with creches in all their big offices. Work from home options , medical insurance, book allowance, office transport etc to name a few.
Some Cons would be that appraisals and promotions are entirely dependent on your immediate boss, so if you have a good boss you will get a fair deal. HR does not interfere in these matters.
HSBC is a very good place to work. There are lot of women employees and some of them have been working for more than 8-10 years. But the medical policy for the staff is not good as no reimbursements or help is given.
HSBC GLT is a great place to work for women.
I would say that I was working for GLT 7 years back and at that time the work from home policy was not available or applicable to all. That is the only con according to me.
The pros are that the reviews or appraisal process is very transparent, my managers were considerate in case of leaves due to personal problems. In rare cases of working on weekends, we received a complimentary off.
During my tenor, almost daily I have spent 10-11 hrs at work. So its tough to work there for sure. Even in back office roles, I am told its crazy. However, there are many HR policies which allow staff to work for limited period such as flexi hours, etc. to pursue their personal interests or fulfill personal responsibilities such as child upbringing etc. Depending upon the option, the payouts would differ i.e payout would be lesser for lesser hours of work. So options are available depending upon the role. Again, all roles might not be eligible for all policies. I see long hours at work as a challenge for women having kids to look after. Infact, in my opinion, for any kind of job in India, it is challenging for a woman who has children. Unless you get into a low paying job.