Barclays

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Barclays Reviews

Updated 26 January, 2015
Updated 26 January, 2015
651 Reviews
3.0
651 Reviews
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Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some good people amidst a sea of people who've checked out; good work life balance (in 60 reviews)

  • Work environment is average, it's comparable to other large banks (in 23 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 28 reviews)

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  1.  

    Unfair treatment - Suggest you apply at another bank

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay - buy other banks pay well

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Abuse of company time, extra vacation days, slackers

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Management in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Project Management in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Pros

    International company, culture, good company benefits

    Cons

    No career opportunities, low salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Erratic strategies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great bank but badly managed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Head of Department in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Head of Department in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Really good people working in this entity

    Cons

    Salary, global strategy and leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A Bank can not be managed with short term strategy. Hope that with the new SIF requirement this is going to improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    company trying to figure out its NA and APAC brand....

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    large global company with opportunity for mobility if you get the right support/sponsorship.

    Cons

    alot of turnover with senior management. growing and trying to figure out people operations. emea is strong. americas and apac are disconnected from the corporate centre.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible experience, sinking ship

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Decent seamless allowance ($25 per)

    Cons

    1.No vision
    2.No commitment to excellence
    3.Rampant dishonesty with colleagues and reports
    4.No culture
    5.No community
    6.Far below average pay
    7.No opportunity for advancement, stagnant

  7.  

    Head of department in charge of programme management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Pros

    Encouraging Diversity and culture of respect

    Cons

    Lack of skilled senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Disappointed

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Private healthcare, bonus, plenty of career opportunities if you seek them.

    Cons

    Poor communication, some employees seem to work very long hours, lots of services have been outsourced, IT isn't the best, poor management, office culture, annual leave allowance isn't amazing, the lifts get ridiculously busy at peak times!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    HR Chaos

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Pay and Bens competitive when compared to other Retail Banks. Good restaurant facilities. Flexible working and good lifestyle balance.

    Cons

    Poor senior HR management, more focussed on their own careers and bonuses than changing HR in a positive way. HR changes that are implemented are badly conceived, reactionary and rarely effective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chicken without a head

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President In Technology in Whippany, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Vice President In Technology in Whippany, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance achieved through telecommuting, 4 weeks of vacation, holidays, package of benefits. 401(k) matching up to 6% of salary

    Cons

    There is no proper human resource direction in technology area, jumping in various directions with the "workforce location strategy". Development process is hindered by multiple "red tapes", requirements for tons of unnecessary documents, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No bank today can survive without proper technology - get some focus there, define practical goals, and follow on implementation. Finally, establish a proper "technical career pass" to preserve your investment in technical talents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    More interested in sales than customers

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Relationship Support Manager
    Former Employee - Relationship Support Manager

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

    Pros

    Training is freely available to anyone that wants it
    There was a focus for a while on upskilling the staff
    Working from home in some positions
    Some benefits

    Cons

    Obsession with sales over customer services
    Bonus is terrible - always full of promises but it's rarely worth having.
    Management is incompetent in most offices. There doesn't seems to be any need for management skill before you're promoted.
    Office politics is rife. Prepare for back stabbing and constant complaining
    Internal promotion process is overly complicated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch unreasonable sales targets
    Focus on customer service
    Ensure that managers are actually capable before promoting them
    Try to make internal recruitment appealing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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