Barclays Reviews

Updated 29 October, 2014
Updated 29 October, 2014
593 Reviews
3.0
593 Reviews
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Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins
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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.  

    They lost there way during the credit crunch, but once they got rid of the leader from Capital they are improving.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Knutsford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Knutsford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Fair managers, no bullying, good drive.

    Cons

    Bring back managers from the 90's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't push the little men out. listen to them. And I mean listen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Got me off to a good start, culture has changed quite a bit post-LIBOR

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Tokyo (Japan)

    I worked at Barclays full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Diverse workplace, people are generally friendly and willing to help each other.

    Cons

    Budget cuts, management movements, has gotten more difficult to advance from within

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Growth in career is always possible for proactive folks

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Overall, working on this company provided significant positive impact to develop ones skills. People are always open-minded and great to work with.

    Cons

    Just like other large companies, relationships and networking is a must learned asset so one must always watch out for this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time off polices on some regions needs to be reviewed as it may also be beneficial to some.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Dog eat dog company.

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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 an year)

    Pros

    High collaboration
    younger employees, room for growth

    Cons

    Won't hesitate to layoff employees after major project has completed
    Too many people hired

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limit new hires to what is needed. Excessive hiring eventually leads to layoffs.
    Management seems open to new ideas and values opinions.
    A clear path for promotion is not evident.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    More interested in sales than customers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7.  

    Low pay but great people to work with

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great team to work with, everyone was friendly and a relaxed atmosphere. There was scope to progress

    Cons

    We had to do overtime everyday so work/life balance was no so good. Low pay, no good benefits. Team leader has no leadership skills.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Sales and Trading

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - S&T in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - S&T in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Barclays as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Made me very uncomfortable, asked me to ask questions to the interviewer, made me sing a song

    Cons

    Horrible experience, trading is not meant for girls it seems according to them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on the culture of firm than the revenues of the firm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not the best

    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    competitive pay, great location of offices

    Cons

    lots of senior management changes

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    HR

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

  11.  

    I've been with Barclays for a year. Overall great experience. Lots of changes for the past year in the firm. It's hard to say whether it's good or not.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Barclays (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefit and friendly working environment

    Cons

    Long hours morale is not very good; Low pay and slow promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please change the CEO. He knows nothing about investment bank

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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