Barclays Reviews

Updated 22 October, 2014
Updated 22 October, 2014
588 Reviews
3.0
588 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
  • no work life balance, no transparent perfomance rating system (in 19 reviews)

  • There have been increased senior management changes in recent years (in 27 reviews)

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    Business Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Barclays full-time (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.  

    Project Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for professional growth

    Cons

    Bureaucratic as times which can be frustrating

  3.  

    All the care about is making money - even by breaking the FCA

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

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

    Pros

    People you work with at your own level.

    Cons

    Must sell insurance and account paying fees even if customer clearly don't need it. Otherwise you are down graded and lose pay rise via lower marking AND you are mentioned as a poor performer in front of your colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go by the Government guidelines. Face the fact and challenge the difficulties, don't just brush poor performers to one side or promote/move

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Cashier

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays full-time (less than an 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
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    a rewarding internship experience

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    Current Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Barclays as an intern (less than an 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.  

    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 (less than an 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
  9.  

    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 (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
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    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 (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
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    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

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