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Barclays Reviews

Updated 29 October, 2014
Updated 29 October, 2014
607 Reviews
3.1
607 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some good people amidst a sea of people who've checked out; good work life balance (in 57 reviews)

  • Work environment is average, it's comparable to other large banks (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • We had to do overtime everyday so work/life balance was no so good (in 20 reviews)

  • There have been increased senior management changes in recent years (in 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    Poor experience. Worked there for 3 years and everything that could go wrong did.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Barclays full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    In Barclays New York, there are great networking events with WiN and WiT. Salaries are quite generous compared to competitors.

    Cons

    Very weak management. Technology sector is collapsing. Projects constantly put on hold an moved to the UK. Benefits are lacking for such a big bank. Health insurance is Blue Cross Blue Shield which is not the best and not accepted everywhere. Business and Technology are laying off and displacing employees constantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some experienced people who know how to do their job and can drive the company to success. If you want good US presence the make New York Barclays more robust or else close shop in the US. Barclays is ruining many careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Consistently disappointed. Continual coworker malfeasance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Pay was sufficient but as a quant felt invisible in the company.

    Cons

    Lack of possible advancement. Continual malfeasance

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    chaotic & Disorganised Outfit in Dubai

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Personal Banker in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Personal Banker in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a very good bank. Good history, had good ethics, had good people, used to be safe and strong

    Cons

    UK took their hands off the UAE operation, No organisation, disharmony between sections and departments, no communication between staff, legal department in chaos and makes lots of errors, compliance department dont do their work properly and when things go wrong they blame their clients. Legal department incompetent and irresponsible. Bank trying to cover up their shortcoming by blaming clients. Ruined businesses in dubai.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean-up your operation. Look closely into your legal department and question their incompetence. Stope ruining your clients and their livelihood

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Summer internship at Barclays

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere. Nice managers

    Cons

    No open source code. Do no use latest technology,

  6.  

    All the care about is making money - even by breaking the FCA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Personal Banker in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Personal Banker in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People you work with at your own level.

    Cons

    Must sell insurance and account paying fees even if customer clearly don't need it. Otherwise you are down graded and lose pay rise via lower marking AND you are mentioned as a poor performer in front of your colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go by the Government guidelines. Face the fact and challenge the difficulties, don't just brush poor performers to one side or promote/move

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Time to leave barcap

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Barclays full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a good place to work with smart people, although it went nose down after the libor news

    Cons

    The entire place git Really messed up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Bank in a state of flux

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent talent to work with and a vast array of products to sell. Working with management side by side truly helps get you involved in the banks plans as a whole and what direction they are going.

    Cons

    The talent is all leaving, either voluntarily or being forced out and what is led i'm not sure will be a sustainable institution for very long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Political

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Vice President in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at Barclays full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    long maternity leave i didn't benefit from,

    Cons

    highly bureaucratic, political, ppl only work on the own personal agenda, long hours,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Respect the person and not the job role

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst, Information Technology in Knutsford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst, Information Technology in Knutsford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with a global workforce
    Potential for training
    Potential for progression
    Lots to learn

    Cons

    Too much politics
    Issues (widespread) take too long to get resolved due to the amount of teams normally needed to be involved.
    Unable to accommodate flexible working
    Inconsistent following of policies
    Get fobbed off when you actually have an issue
    Inability to commit to long term plans.
    Very over managed within the role
    Push back on following processes correctly.
    Too much to learn about - makes it difficult to easily share knowledge in team and external to team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that a colleague doesn't need to be subjected to

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Absolutely terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Advisor in Middlesbrough, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Advisor in Middlesbrough, England (UK)

    I worked at Barclays full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's nice to say you work for a top bank

    Cons

    They almost seem to target Managers for sacking people. Terrible environment. Charge people for a cup of tea. No flexibility regarding sickness - 3 strikes and you're out. Use of poor recruitment agencies, so people coming onboard were useless.... where should I end this list - I could keep going for hours?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Firstsource - your customers are your income stream, and they are mismanaging their accounts. Your Managers leave confidential documents lying around the building. Your employees live under constant threat of redundancy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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