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kaiser78
18th December 2010, 15:12
Has anyone ever contracted at HSBC Canary Wharf ? If so what is the environment like ? Is it a recommended place to work ? How many hours is the working day for a contractor ?

TIA.

nomadd
18th December 2010, 16:12
Has anyone ever contracted at HSBC Canary Wharf ? If so what is the environment like ? Is it a recommended place to work ? How many hours is the working day for a contractor ?

TIA.

8 hours. Although they now have a work-from-home policy of at least 1 day per week. Not sure if that applies to contractors.

Premises are OK, as long as you don't mind being 200 feet up in the air in the direct firing line of City airport. Wasn't for me, so I didn't stick it for long. Offices are OK, typical open plan stuff. Toilets are manic; never seemed to be able to find one that wasn't permanently Engaged.

A role there will look good on your cv, should you wish to stay in Banking.

I still work in the area, and think it's OK.

EDIT: Forgot to mention: Lift 'crush' is manic there, especially at lunchtime. If you are a claustrophobe, like me, you won't stick it long.

swamp
18th December 2010, 16:27
8 hours. Although they now have a work-from-home policy of at least 1 day per week. Not sure if that applies to contractors.

Premises are OK, as long as you don't mind being 200 feet up in the air in the direct firing line of City airport. Wasn't for me, so I didn't stick it for long. Offices are OK, typical open plan stuff. Toilets are manic; never seemed to be able to find one that wasn't permanently Engaged.

A role there will look good on your cv, should you wish to stay in Banking.

I still work in the area, and think it's OK.

EDIT: Forgot to mention: Lift 'crush' is manic there, especially at lunchtime. If you are a claustrophobe, like me, you won't stick it long.

What hope is there when even a flash grade A office like HSBC Tower doesn't have enough bogs?! Every place I've worked at has been like this. And I've worked in some proper dumps.

I blame Sir Norman Foster. If it was me I'd design a large collection of luxury toilets and then fit some meeting rooms and work areas around the sides and call it an office.

Freamon
18th December 2010, 16:52
Toilets are manic; never seemed to be able to find one that wasn't permanently Engaged.
This tells you more about the solidity of HSBC's trading positions than it does about the building design. :wink

RichardCranium
18th December 2010, 17:29
If it was me I'd design a large collection of luxury toilets and then fit some meeting rooms and work areas around the sides and call it an office.Wouldn't that be the same thing as just replacing everyone's chair with a commode?

moorfield
18th December 2010, 17:41
EDIT: Forgot to mention: Lift 'crush' is manic there, especially at lunchtime. If you are a claustrophobe, like me, you won't stick it long.

Some impressive views from the conference rooms up at the top, floors 40-42ish IIRC. Also the lifts don't stop at floor 7, I was curious about this and managed to find the "secret way" onto it which was pretty cool. Enjoyed my time there a lot. HSBC pay crip rates though.

jmo21
18th December 2010, 20:58
Some impressive views from the conference rooms up at the top, floors 40-42ish IIRC. Also the lifts don't stop at floor 7, I was curious about this and managed to find the "secret way" onto it which was pretty cool. Enjoyed my time there a lot. HSBC pay crip rates though.

Do tell! Was it Narnia?

RichardCranium
18th December 2010, 21:06
Also the lifts don't stop at floor 7, I was curious about this and managed to find the "secret way" onto it which was pretty cool.Watch out for the Zarg.

Freamon
18th December 2010, 21:11
Some impressive views from the conference rooms up at the top, floors 40-42ish IIRC. Also the lifts don't stop at floor 7, I was curious about this and managed to find the "secret way" onto it which was pretty cool. Enjoyed my time there a lot. HSBC pay crip rates though.
Plant floor I assume?

Not sure if it's HSBC, but apparently one of the banks in CW have such problems with cooling their machine room floors in the building that, if the outside air temp in the summer gets too hot, the only solution they have is to get on the roof and literally hose it down with cold water.

Jog On
20th December 2010, 10:54
It's quite nice at this time of year to be able to get in to the building through the underground bit from the tube. I'm not at HSBC but next door and use the same undergound entrance

Spacecadet
20th December 2010, 12:36
I blame Sir Norman Foster.

Can't say I've ever been in a Norman Foster building which I could have thought of as well designed. They are, unfortunately, another victory for form over function

swamp
20th December 2010, 13:07
Can't say I've ever been in a Norman Foster building which I could have thought of as well designed. They are, unfortunately, another victory for form over function

Baron Foster of Thames Bank lives in a Swiss Chateau, and has another pad in France, plus an apartment on 5th Avenue NY. He certainly has taste. He does not live in his own buildings!

caspercat1
25th February 2011, 23:03
Stay clear of floor 7 there is a reason the lifts don't stop there

Moscow Mule
25th February 2011, 23:50
Stay clear of floor 7 there is a reason the lifts don't stop there

Is it a plant room (http://dreamingarm.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/triffids-704133.jpg)?

d000hg
26th February 2011, 00:04
What's a 'crip' rate? ;) The roles I've been chased about the last year or two (never pursued as didn't want to work in London) were £600+ which I'd be fairly content with, would be able to rent a proper serviced apartment and still bring home the bacon rather than shack up in a B&B.

Interesting to hear they are even considering work-from-home, I thought all banks were super locked down?

Jaws
26th February 2011, 10:00
Interesting to hear they are even considering work-from-home, I thought all banks were super locked down?

Not investment banking but a contractor mate of mine has just returned to lloyds, he was given a laptop and told to work from home first day. I've worked with quite a few other contractors there who do the same.

Moscow Mule
26th February 2011, 11:11
Interesting to hear they are even considering work-from-home, I thought all banks were super locked down?

They have a lot of rules about not using your own stuff on the network, but are often happy for you to use their laptops at home.

d000hg
26th February 2011, 11:17
Ah, using those little dongle things and laptops with finger-print readers, etc, etc? Do they perchance make you remote-desktop onto a PC that IS running on site as well? I worked in a banking consultancy and we did it that way, we each had a PC in the client's building and had to log in remotely so it was harder to copy-paste or do anything without them knowing.

OwlHoot
26th February 2011, 12:01
So come on then, forget all this banter about the bogs and the lifts, and tell us

What's on this mysterious 7th Floor? :confused:

AtW
26th February 2011, 12:33
So come on then, forget all this banter about the bogs and the lifts, and tell us

What's on this mysterious 7th Floor? :confused:

Don't ask :sick

caspercat1
26th February 2011, 14:00
Bound by confidentiality agreement cannot devulge. But even the traders don't go there it is a bit like floor 42 in One Canada Square but the FSA own that one. The Bogs and the lifts are worse there as well.

suityou01
26th February 2011, 15:01
Linky (http://www.arup.com/_assets/_download/C27CDFAE-FA3D-3093-217B92CB1498B02C.pdf)

Floor 7 is IT/Plant

HTH