Barclays
3.1 of 5 434 reviews
www.barclays.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Barclays Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2014
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3.1 434 reviews

                             

74% Approve of the CEO

Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins

Antony Jenkins

(117 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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Good managers who take the time to teach you the ropes, but sometimes there is a lack of initiative taken.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Barclays

ProsGreat company, Canary Wharf is an accessible place

ConsSometimes the upward mobility can be tough

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The Most Innovative Retail Bank evolving into the true force for good for Customers and their local Communities.

Personal Banker (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsPhenomenal Positive Change that will change the face of UK Retail Banking is taking place within Barclays Bank and it is definitely on the right track to become the most customer focused high street bank with the community spirit at its heart. Anthony Jenkins' vision for the brand is the right vision and should be mirrored by the rest of the high street banks.

ConsI only wish some of the changes they are implementing within retail banking were implemented long before the recent crisis within the British banking system.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue with the progressive change whilst acknowledging and rewarding the genuinely customer focused contribution made by staff within the branch network.

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

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Great Culture

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

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

ProsVery helpful people and very motivated lot of people

Consdue to current economic conditions, the bonuses allotted may differ from year to year

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

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

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

Prosgreat environment to work but too political

ConsCOMPENSATION LOW RWA IS KILLING THE BUSINESS

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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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Good learning experience

Office Manager (Current Employee)
Boca Raton, FL (US)

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

ProsGood benefits and salary matches experience

ConsCompany is more concerned with bottom line then people

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in good people

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

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Management does not care about work life balance and your career is determined by managers' internal politics

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

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

ProsCan provide a decent (not great) learning platform

Consincumbent people, politics, blatant disregard of anyone below management and low pay despite tough working conditions

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease try to be more aware of how things are managed and employees paid below the MD level

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

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Not good

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Barclays

ProsIt is better to work for Barclays overseas, rather than in India. In US/UK, the company has a decent brand name, and benefits from a strong local leadership team in the major geographies that it operates in. Conservative in its market posturing, it is doing reasonably well from a financial and strategy points of view.

ConsIn India, the main issue for Barclays is terrible leadership. Lack of transparency, ethics, professionalism. Performance appraisal is simply an eye-wash. Ratings and bonus are not determined by (a) the quality of work you do (b) the value you have generated for the company, but by other factors (read nepotism, cronyism, bias). HR best practices and leadership best practices are routinely flouted, because you can get away with the same. There is a tremendous culture of change resistance, innovation simply cannot happen because it will either be stalled because of vested interests, or, because leadership support will not be there. Strategy and management changes too frequently. Inadequate technical training for high end, high skill jobs.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Pathetic

Collector (Current Employee)
Manchester, England (UK)

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

ProsSome great people.
Good pay initially but limited opportunities for bonus.
Some excellent managers and colleagues, overshadowed by incompetence elsewhere.

ConsDisorganised, disintegrated, disempowered...
Treated as just another payroll number.
Supposedly cost-conscious but hugely wasteful organisation.
Continual communication about 'business change, values' etc with lack of input and ownership by all levels of management.
Top down approach results in demotivated colleagues.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on getting the basics right.

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

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Challenging job in transformational group

Director, Digital Office (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Barclays as a contractor for more than a year

ProsDigital office is core to Barclays vision of becoming a 'Go-To' bank - lots of projects focused on customer experience and innovation. Hence you are part of a team that is in charge of a lot of new delivery that is taking place.

ConsBad press is affecting employee morale. Cost cutting leads to some very sub-optimal investments in technology. Recent departures of senior leadership have created a lot of uncertainty. Process driven, so can seem very bureaucratic, especially to professionals that have worked in the US.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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