Barclays Reviews

Updated 27 September, 2014
Updated 27 September, 2014
568 Reviews
3.0
568 Reviews
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Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins
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180 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some good people amidst a sea of people who've checked out; good work life balance (in 56 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 25 reviews)

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  1.  

    Business Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Great people, challenging environment, opportunity to move around (functionally and geographically)

    Cons

    Poor direction from the top, too much constant change, pay below market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick with a single started for a prolonged period

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of experience gained

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Teesside County Borough, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Teesside County Borough, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Excellent reputation, secure job, good salary, opportunity to develop and further career.

    Cons

    Process improvement, staff cuts mean May branches are under staffed putting more pressure on existing staff. Can be relocated for no apparent reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit more staff!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Analyst

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Always new things to learn as it a very huge setup of IT across the globe

    Cons

    globally team across different time zones

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    training are provided as per your role

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Interned at Barclays for the summer

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Barclays as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Work with A-list clients on headline deals, great culture, helpful colleagues

    Cons

    Exposure to management limited, career development not very highly valued, you feel like another cog in the wheel, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your junior employees more, they do the grunt work for you; pay more or you'll lose the best of the best to the boutiques

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Company is doing OK

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

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

    Pros

    NYC. HEart of times square. Work life balance

    Cons

    Bureaucratic. Groupism. Pay does not depend on performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    a rewarding internship experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    - good pay (esp for an internship)
    - colleagues are very supportive and helpful, I have learnt a lot during my time working there
    - good chance to receive return offer

    Cons

    - have to work overtime pretty often
    - stressful, competitive; but I guess it's normal for a giant financial institution like this

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    may not in the position to give advice to management since it's just a short term experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Cashier

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays full-time for less than a 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
  9.  

    Interesting, political feel.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Corporate bank quite interesting work/transactions.

    Cons

    Depends on which department you work, not standardised across bank.
    Does not have the prestige of the IB.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand diversity more, and how it works practically

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Chaos

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    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, not bad remuneration, had lots of opportunities. Strong push internally to embed new values, not just for show

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, lack of definition of responsibilities - too many people trying to compete to do the same thing. Move to a 'one Barclays' model making slow progress and moral was very low.
    The flat hierarchy and promotion process meant that you could end up taking on much more responsiblity than you are rewarded for and people would work alongside each other with the same role and level of responsibility but different grades

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    My time at barclays

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    Current Employee - Senior Digital Marketing Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Digital Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Working at Barclays has so many opportunities. You never really need to leave. It also has fantastic pension, annual leave, healthcare and the pay is pretty good. The bonuses are great. It is a very comfortable place to work. It is quite easy to network and move your way around. Its very 'PC' and friendly. Social scene can be varied. People are generally out of the office by 5.30pm and your work life balance is mostly respected.

    Cons

    You have to play the game, rather than just be good at your job. There are so many people that you really have to work smart to stand out/avoid being a number. But everyone is kind and fair and so long as you work out how to play the game, the sky is the limit really. It can become quite stale with very little breadth to roles (i was there 6 years) but i enjoyed my time there and it has set my career up for the future - people really respect the name on your CV.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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