Barclays
3.1 of 5 427 reviews
www.barclays.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Barclays Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.1 427 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins

Antony Jenkins

(111 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Some good people amidst a sea of people who've checked out; good work life balance"
    in 40 reviews
  • "Work from home (Looks like pros but in reality it is con :)"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "the work environment is not supportive and very stressful, no work life balance"
    in 14 reviews
  • "Senior Management have no concern for the actual people and they think they can do whatever they like"
    in 21 reviews
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Summer Internship - Corporate Operations

Operations Analyst (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Barclays as an intern for less than a year

ProsPossibilities to meet with any MD in the whole bank.

ConsNot enough tasks for all interns, many were bored, I was lucky.
Corporate did not get the relocation bonus as the investment bank operations did, even if we were in the same group much of the time. Strange concept.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Interesting

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Barclays

ProsThey provide work/life balance arrangements.

ConsNot enough promotions within the firm. Needs to work on the culture of the bank. Increase bonus or base salary pools.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great culture, though organization has suffered from a morale problem in recent years.

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

I have been working at Barclays full-time for more than a year

ProsStrong support of teamwork vs. individual. Great corporate culture. Mentoring is available at strong levels. Strong recruiting culture, as well.

ConsMorale problem, uncompetitive pay, lack of organizational pride. There have been increased senior management changes in recent years. Recently, there has been a perception of the new CEO as not "getting" the IB business.

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Work hard, play reasonably hard

Vice President (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsWork life balance _is_ taken seriously. There are opportunities for travel, secondments etc, both within the UK and internationally. Very broad mix of cultures in the office. Professional and dedicated colleagues for the most part.

ConsCareer trajectory still defined to a large extent by what your boss says about you at PD and moderation sessions - which he may not tell you about. Culture of secrecy still pervades the whole remuneration/bonus area. My dept can be totally focussed on MI and internal metrics, and not see the bigger picture.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company

Software Developer (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Barclays full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat company, great people, cutting-edge business solutions, harmonious environment...

ConsNot much bonus, at least for the first year

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Barclays full-time

ProsKnown Investment bank
Good on your resume

Consnot stable
Hire and fire culture

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Great potential, limited performance

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsExcellent at training, development and improving management skills.
Less bureaucratic than an outsider would imagine.
Great products and innovative approach to markets.

ConsSignificant focus on appearance (appear busy, appear important, appear powerful) instead of focusing on outcome and on client/customer.
Extremely political environment (especially at the top) with lots of energy expended on politics instead of progress.
Too many changes - Antony's senior leadership keeps changing every few months.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Bank going wrong direction

Associate (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Barclays full-time for more than a year

ProsBulge bracket infrastructure and experience.

ConsDouble penalized by the U.K. and the U.S.; CEO who is not fit to run an investment banking business.

Advice to Senior ManagementBenchmark what your 'U.S. competitors' are doing in terms of operating the banking business and the compensation. Also the CEO should be someone with an investment banking background.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Gained a lot in experience but suffered from very poor work life balance. treated as expendable assets -

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Barclays full-time for more than 5 years

ProsNetworking opportunities
Excellent bonus payouts
Development opportunities

Consrigidity in benefits application
poor work life balance
average development opportunities

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

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Perfect corporate example

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Barclays full-time

Prosknowledged people around
good working enviroment

Consdevelopers are less productive due to complex processes

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