Barclays Reviews

Updated 27 August, 2014
Updated 27 August, 2014
555 Reviews

3.0
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Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins
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171 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Trainer for Barclays bank

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    Former Employee - Training Consultant  in  Coventry, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Training Consultant in Coventry, England (UK)

    I worked at Barclays full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great development, had no experience in training delivery but was given every chance to grow and improve my skills and abilities. My managers in this area were the best I've ever had and it is a meritocracy so hard work pays off. Development plans are clear and achievable. Very nice and well equipped training venues as well. The most tech focused bank and are way ahead of the competition in most of these areas.

    Cons

    Overly complicated management structure where sometimes common sense cannot prevail as too many people need to be involved in a task. Although it is changing, the company is still very "Silo'd" - communication between departments is something that needs to be improved. Training department goes through many phases of displacements and restructures. Annual compensation not very good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many people are quick to use regulations to justify not cooperating with what you want, there are rules in place but there should be more emphasis on what actually can be done instead of stone walling each other

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Alright for contract work

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    Current Employee - Personal Assistant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Personal Assistant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly, working hours are good

    Cons

    Got hired through an agency so I dont get the same pay and benefits that my colleges do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company, Good place to start career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays as an intern

    Pros

    Good place to start career

    Cons

    Recently Budget cut, lower bonus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    a good company with lots of diverse people. good support management. share scheme is very good. lots of support form hr during iniation. senior guys know thier stuff and have worked thier way up the business

    Cons

    can be very competitve to get noticed. also hard to understand who does what becuase the company is so large. but if you are used to large corprate environments it should be fine. also good company benefits such as share scheme

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager
    Former Employee - Branch Manager

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

    Pros

    If you have potential be assured that you will be promoted. Great leadership team who nurture you to become the best.

    Cons

    Changing culture has made it difficult to some staff. No consistent follow through.Salary range is terrible. Feel very underpaid and therefore overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change salary Structure. Make better policies for performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Strong company great opportunities for development and progress

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Strong culture, excellent training and great colleagues

    Cons

    Given the size of the organisation it can be a little slow to react - think oil tanker like

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    High and Lows

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

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

    Pros

    Really talented and all-around great people (for now).

    Cons

    Very political - progress is slow and changes are usually too little too late. Lots of turnover - losing good talent due to frustration with the organization. HR promotion process makes no sense - is not based on meritocracy and contributions - and compensation is weak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just focus on cost-cutting and creating efficiencies - foster a company culture that makes people feel valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    If you like pace..

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great exposure if you are willing to get around and meet people. Great head office and facilitates. Many people you meet, you will see again elsewhere.

    Cons

    Competitive environment not for everybody, but can be used as motivation if you are willing. Even seats were hard to come by when I was there..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management can connect by being seen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good work life balance

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    good work life balance good work life balance

    Cons

    more stability in jobs, transport facility

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall it is a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, training opportunities along with travel. A lot of positive people who a willing to help.

    Cons

    Some teams have unclear goals for the present/future. Company strategy changes too often recently.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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