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Barclays Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.0 515 reviews

70% Approve of the CEO

Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins

Antony Jenkins

(151 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some good people amidst a sea of people who've checked out; good work life balance(in 50 reviews)

  • Flexible work from home, multiple network of mentors(in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Transfers are very rarely given to help staff in work/life balance unless you are management(in 18 reviews)

  • There have been increased senior management changes in recent years(in 24 reviews)

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    Unfair treatment - Suggest you apply at another bank

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPay - buy other banks pay well

    Consits a do as I say, not as I do mentality, creating a poor moral

    Advice to Senior ManagementAbuse of company time, extra vacation days, slackers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Head of Latin American Interest Rate and FX Valuations

    Vice President (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsYou're pretty much left alone to direct your own career

    ConsExtremely limited opportunities within the firm. Can't keep its name out of the news

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Started off all right...

    Project Manager (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGot to try out a few roles when I started, got some good experience and training, and (while not relevant to me) they supposedly allowed for a good work-life balance for working mums.

    ConsChange after change after change. Everyone was constantly ready for battle, knowing you'd be at risk every 6 months meant everyone was fighting against their colleagues, doing anything they can to make themselves look better. Projects regularly started and thrown aside, wasting time and money and killing motivation. Hoops to jump through at every stage.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sad demise of Barclays

    Personal Banker (Former Employee) Birmingham, England (UK)

    ProsLocal to where I live,good part time hours,wonderful customers.

    ConsCompany values have disappeared over the many years I worked for Barclays.I gave my all and they gave nothing back not even respect for my 38 years service.Not even a 'Happy retirement ' or 'Goodbye ' card.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecome Human beings again and realise staff are Human beings too that have a life outside Barclays.Make Barclays a place to work that the staff can feel proud of and that is respected by customers.Put customer service first not sales like it used to be.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Contracting and culture not changing

    Director (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsScale and opportunity to do different things

    ConsActions do not match words when talk of values and changing culture. Workforce treated as resources in a short termist way rather than long term partners in achieving the corporate goals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink beyond this budget in your planning and how you treat staff.

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    Ok when Bob D used to run things. It has fallen apart after his departure.

    Assistant Vice President (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsGood internal mobility
    Good international mobility

    ConsTerrible pay
    People paying too much attention to how long you've been away from your desk

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess of the "values" and "go-to bank", more about how to make money

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ehhhh.

    Operations Analyst (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsMost of the people I have met are very helpful. Great health benefits, 401k match.

    ConsPromotion process is unclear and completely different depending on the area of the bank you work in. There are seemingly people with titles who shouldn't have them as they don't do anything, or know what you would expect them to know for having that title. Executive management does not appear to have a pulse on all the negative sentiment that exists internally. Not a fun place to work. Direct mgmt seemingly doesn't care about it's staff. It's not a growing company, it's a shrinking one. No raises for years. Seemingly impossible to get an interview internally without knowing someone. HR is the worst. They are slow to respond: to queries, job submissions, etc. completely unhelpful.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeeds a complete overhaul. All the money spent paying McKinnsey for the review has seemingly been wasted for the moment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall review

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Pune (India)

    ProsContinuous work opportunity and no downtime

    ConsNo job rotation opportunity
    Need improvement in work environment

    Advice to Senior ManagementOrg. keep changing sr. management and reshuffling of groups which may not be good from technology work streams.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not typical IB bank

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork life balance
    Relatively reasonable work hours as compared to other IB banks

    ConsToo big
    Does not pay
    Used to promote, now the policy changed. No promotions anymore

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo many policy changes from manageement

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The highs were great but the lows were dreadful.

    Branch Manager (Former Employee) Redhill, South East England, England (UK)

    ProsThe people I worked with were great, we had fantastic laughs, and supported each other through the tough times both personal and business related.
    If you wanted to move your career forward there were many opportunities, however you 'face had to fit' a lot of the time.

    ConsThe demands that were put on you were often unrealistic. The focus on sales rather than service was the biggest problem. You often felt like middle and high level management had no idea what it was like to actually work in a branch and speak to real customers.
    While they went through the motions when there were people with health issues they were in fact very unaccommodating when it came down to actually helping people with disabilities (in my personal experience).

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on taking care of your staff, happy staff with work harder for you to provide happy customers. Try actually working in a branch and meeting the customers that we deal with day in and day out for you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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