HSBC Reviews

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HSBC reviews written by our Smart Money People can help you to find out more about this global banking giant. HSBC says that its purpose is to connect customers to opportunities, enable businesses to thrive and economies to prosper. Do you agree?...

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HSBC reviews written by our Smart Money People can help you to find out more about this global banking giant. HSBC says that its purpose is to connect customers to opportunities, enable businesses to thrive and economies to prosper. Do you agree? Smart Money People is the UK's independent financial services review site. Read and write HSBC bank reviews, and together we can help to increase trust and transparency in financial services.

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15th March 2019

Box Tickers

I bank with HSBC personally and the company also banks with them, and this part of the bank is fantastic, but the mortgage section is on a different planet. In essence they are looking for any tick box reason not to process your application, they are...

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I bank with HSBC personally and the company also banks with them, and this part of the bank is fantastic, but the mortgage section is on a different planet. In essence they are looking for any tick box reason not to process your application, they are slow, it is beyond them to use common sense, and even when you send them every thing they ask for still no action. In short great bank, excellent interest rates, absolutely rubbish mortgage department.

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7th March 2019

HSBC - The World's Worst Bank

HSBC may be "the world's local bank", but more notably they're the world's worst!...

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HSBC may be "the world's local bank", but more notably they're the world's worst!

I have never had a worse banking experience than with HSBC, they are unhelpful (especially to existing customers), uncompetitive (both in terms of lending rates and banking services) and moreover they're completely incompetent.

Thankfully it's been years since I held a current account with this shameful institution (never again shall I make that mistake) but last week I foolishly applied for a 0% balance transfer credit card with them. I'll bullet-point the chaos that ensued to save time:

- Nearly a week after my application, without providing even an email confirmation to acknowledge that they had received it, they finally contacted me by email to request further information.

- Despite me passing a credit check with ease, they requested that I upload copies of my last 3 payslips and last 3 month's bank statements. In hindsight this was a ludicrous request considering I had passed the credit check, but I figured I was committed by this point so I obliged and uploaded the documents through their frustrating online service.

- A further 2 working days after this (again, no email confirmation) I finally receive a call from their frankly downright rude and abrasive credit card team. They start by challenging my declared salary, insisting that they've 'done the math' and it adds up to less than I've declared. Now, like any normal human being on this planet, I know what my annual salary is - so I questioned what 'math' they had done to arrive at this bizarre conclusion. It transpires they are calculating my annual basic salary post-tax and post corporate deductibles (company benefits, pension, etc.).

That's not right is it?

Damn straight it's not right, in fact, I've been back to their online application screen since to check and it clearly states that they want your annual income BEFORE tax. In any case, there was no reasoning with this particular moron who was adamant they had read my payslips correctly (they hadn't - my salary before tax is clearly stated and if you multiply it by 12, guess what? it adds up to my declared annual income!). In less polite words than I'm using now I 'requested' that they cancel my application and swipe their 0% card somewhere other than a card reader.

- 20 minutes later I applied online for a similar card with Santander.
- My application was accepted immediately.

The moral of this story is: DON'T EVER BANK WITH HSBC, EVER, FOR ANY REASON!

With love,
Sam

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10th February 2019

Constant problems & lack of branches

I have been a loyal customer for about 20 years however in recent years I’ve had a constant issue with being unable to set up direct debits. Every time I try companies contact me to inform me HSBC have rejected the DD request however when I ask HSBC t...

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I have been a loyal customer for about 20 years however in recent years I’ve had a constant issue with being unable to set up direct debits. Every time I try companies contact me to inform me HSBC have rejected the DD request however when I ask HSBC they claim there’s no stop on my account & that they have not received any requests. Clearly the issue is with the bank as this has happened with at least 20 different companies but they refuse to accept responsibility or look into it further. They’ve even tried to tell me previously that it’s impossible to set up a direct debit online/over the phone which is clearly not true. It’s also become increasingly difficult to see a branch manager as they are constantly closing branches. My branch has been changed 6 times due to closures constantly getting further away. Now the only relatively local branch don’t actually have the ability to deal with anything more than basic transactions so for anything more that needs doing I have to travel into the city centre which can be difficult as someone with a disability.

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3rd February 2019

Excellent service

I have never had a problem with HSBC, there have been a few instances were unauthorised transactions have come out of my account and they have always sorted it for me very quickly and efficiently. Their customer service reps are always very pleasant...

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I have never had a problem with HSBC, there have been a few instances were unauthorised transactions have come out of my account and they have always sorted it for me very quickly and efficiently. Their customer service reps are always very pleasant and helpful.

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3rd February 2019

Very poor user experience

Online banking and mobile banking are really fiddly to use with too many different passwords. To manage my money, I have phone, online and mobile banking all with different logins, passwords etc. They must be the only bank which doesn't support...

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Online banking and mobile banking are really fiddly to use with too many different passwords. To manage my money, I have phone, online and mobile banking all with different logins, passwords etc. They must be the only bank which doesn't support Android fingerprint login (unless you have one of a dozen specific phones which I don't).
Last year they did a know your customer (kyc) review and despite me providing all the info requested as soon as possible, they didn't complete the review in the timescale and suspended my account for 48 hours. After 3 years of asking for only one statement for my mortgage I have given up and 12 years later I still receive 2 statements. Finally there is no counter service on Saturday morning in my local branch.

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