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Barclays Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.1 512 reviews

70% Approve of the CEO

Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins

Antony Jenkins

(149 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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    Although I had a rocky start, overall a good company to work for with good values and ethics

    Cashier (Former Employee) Harlow, England (UK)

    ProsThe possibility of career progression, good training systems and good benefits. Majority of people I worked with were friendly, helpful and supportive.

    ConsFrequent branch moves, no progression for me although I passed a personal banker assessment. Uncertainty of job security due to job cuts moving into self service branches etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't allow assessments to happen if they're aren't specific job roles to move into, or lengthen the timescale to find a specific job after passing an assessment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great experience and enjoyed the team and technical work environment.

    ETL Backend Tester (Current Employee) Wilmington, DE (US)

    ProsGot well together, amazing infrastructure and amazing team support. Flexibility in timings. Wonderful learning experience. Great platform to exhibit self ingrained skills.

    Conssome challenges i have encountered here is I took a little of time for me to first catch hold of the financial sector and its intricacies.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Absolutely terrible

    Customer Advisor (Former Employee) Middlesbrough, England (UK)

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

    ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

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

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    Awful, do not come here

    Senior Business Analyst (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsMoney is good, Canary Wharf is pleasant, there are some good individuals

    ConsThe worst kind of investment bankers, especially in IT... Team work is unheard of

    Advice to Senior ManagementShut down... The place is toxic

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat support and work environment
    Great corporate mentality and ethics

    ConsLimited progression opportunities
    can be overlooked in favour of graduate newcomers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    awesome

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosamazing place to work, fun environment

    Consnone that i could possibly thing of

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    The worst experience I have ever had in my life

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

    ProsThe paid me on time and sometimes early if it was a weekend but the staff incentives for having accounts had been lowered over the years.

    ConsBullying managers at branch level.I almost had a breakdown due to the pressure put on me.Targets and profits is all they are interested in.Even when it was raised as high as I could go nothing changed.I met some great people who had suffered at the hand of this this "go to bank."variation management" is another word for measuring your sales targets. The new moral high ground which was supposed to change the whole bank has not changed a thing.My friends who still work there are the people I feel really bad for.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCall sales targets what they are, consider rooting out the bad sales type mangers who have little or no management skills other then threatening to put you on an improvement plan if you don't sell more, Treat your staff better and the staff would be more productive.There is an underlying culture of fear and the behinds the scenes back patting is evident to everybody who works there.You tend to hire people based on who you like and the politics involved.The new moral code you have will be useless if you don't root out the large percentage of the management who seek to protect themselves.

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

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    Worst management

    Event Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsIf you are a consultant, great place to work

    ConsTerrible management. Unrealistic expectations for employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementOf you rate employees on expectations, management should live up to those expectations themselves

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

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    A truly awful culture; political, blame, "jobs for the boys/girls" - avoid at all costs

    Director, Operations (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsMoney - they have to pay high end to get anyone to work there
    Benefits - the pension, insurance and stock options are pretty good
    mmmm that's it

    ConsSenior Management know they are fighting a losing cause so surround themselves with "yes" people and pull up the drawbridge.
    Presentee-ism culture - and backward looking - they block the use of Social media in this day and age!!!
    Execution driven and cant stick to a plan, strategy...analysis and forward thinking are non existent
    Huge distrust between Management and middle ranks
    There own self defined definition of "Talent" is "The top 200" or "SLG" - nothing else matters and forget the notion of talent rising through the ranks - they just buy in at the top. Even supported by what is well known to be the worst HR Management in FTSE.
    CEO is slowly smothering the cash cow Investment Bank rather that re-structure the company properly.
    The "culture change" programme has been a flop - C suite think by "sheep dipping" 100,000 employees through a 2 hour culture session it will change the company's culture!!!
    Have a look at the Salz Review and see how Barclays has missed nearly every target set for sustainable change

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a vision that isn't just about appeasing regulators and stick to it!
    Value and understand your people - you just don't and the current HR are incapable of this.
    Change your HRLT; they are a laughing stock in the City and climbing over each other to curry favour with C suite rather than attract, retain, develop and reward Talent.

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

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    Technology Analyst

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

    ProsNice work-life balance.
    Definite opportunity for growth.
    Exposure to wide array of technologies.

    ConsNot very tech-oriented.
    Management is set in their ways.
    Scope for innovation in technology is limited.

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

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