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Barclays Reviews

Updated 8 November, 2014
Updated 8 November, 2014
607 Reviews
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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.  

    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.  

    Chicken without a head

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    The bank lacks direction in the UAE

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

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

    Pros

    - Great office location near the Burj Khalifa and Dubai mall
    - Good work life balance. Most people are out of the office by 5:30pm
    - Great brand name to have on the CV
    - Access to global teams and networks from international offices

    Cons

    - Awful local management. Unprofessional conduct and petty disputes are common in which more junior staff are dragged in and projects are impacted
    - Non diverse teams with staff selection based on nationality / personal preference rather than best candidate for the job
    - Very low budgets for expansion available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at restructuring the top level management. Stop hiring locally for management positions and instead hire staff from Barclays in other regions to ensure corporate culture is maintained.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    More interested in sales than customers

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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
  6.  

    HR

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Experience
    Good coworkers
    Nice location with lots of food choices

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Very high depending

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    Good salary, flexi timing and nice work

    Cons

    Decision making 100% with leaders even for you. You will never know what has happened so you are getting certain feedback.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent to employee and know his part as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    The health insurance plans, benefits, and 401k are the best aspects of working for this this company. There is also the benefit of working around some very intelligent individuals.

    Cons

    applicable to operations teams at the company:

    Poor pay
    High stress
    Low employee morale
    Culture is very poor
    Lack of gratitude from management
    No positive reinforcement
    Only acknowledgement when there are problems
    High level of scrutiny
    Promotion process and salary increase is poor …ex: very possible that you will make less than the team you manage bc you lose overtime and the adjustment for that loss is terrible
    Inconsistent and unfair tuition reimbursement policy (discriminatory)
    No company holiday parties
    No group holiday parties
    Poor management at most levels* (there are a handful of good managers who want you to succeed, and who are willing to take time and offer advice, however, these are the minority and you must generally seek them out)
    Not somewhere to have a long career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve morale, pay better, show appreciation for the hard work of many employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    No Clear Strategy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Documentation in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Documentation in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Compensation was competitive. The people who came from NYC to train us in Houston were great.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance. Manager had an NYC state of mind so she was not concerned with working timely and efficiently. Managers tend to micro manage and there is no consistency across teams. The benefits were just ok as far as prescription coverage I felt I paid more with Barclays. The company is behind tech wise and they are just now going through changes other banks went through years ago. They are having another relocation strategy after less than a year in Houston.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making decisions so hastily. Value people more and don't be such a stickler for days off after working people for more than 12 hours a day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cashier

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of customer interaction, good way to join the ladder, ideal for school leavers

    Cons

    Very sales focused, not paid for hours above and beyond the branch working hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your cashiers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It got slowly worse

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Counter Manager in Chippenham, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Counter Manager in Chippenham, South West England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I loved it at first. I worked hard and was rewarded for the hard work. It was wonderful to get profit sharing each year and also a Christmas bonus.

    Cons

    As time went on, everything changed. The rewards were harder and harder to get. When my Mum died I had to take unpaid leave. The perks, few and far between

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go and work in the branches, think about what the staff actually do, the top management wouldn't get bonuses at all if it weren't for their hard work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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