Barclays

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Barclays Reviews

Updated 28 January, 2015
Updated 28 January, 2015
650 Reviews
3.0
650 Reviews
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Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins
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216 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some good people amidst a sea of people who've checked out; good work life balance (in 60 reviews)

  • Work environment is average, it's comparable to other large banks (in 23 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 28 reviews)

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  1.  

    Overall a good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Contractor in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Barclays as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Repeat contracts during my time at Barclays

    Cons

    A large turnover of staff during my time at Barclays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investment Bank would like to see the return of Bob Diamond or an Investment Banker at the head

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good training

    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Strong values, above standard training, friendly co-workers

    Cons

    canteen can sometimes be expensive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assimilate interns to teams aligned with their skills and interests and not just to available teams

  3.  

    A respectful organization

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Barclays provides you with a complete mix of experience, whether on the personal level or the technical one. What hou get from working there is far beyond your monthly salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Barclays is a very competitive environment, you be good, you get rewarded, you slow down, you miss the train. Some of their 3rd world countries branches might be suffering a bit from the lack of proper and fair management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an insider eye on your branches around the globe, sometimes general reports don't reveal the real hidden problems.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Rubbish

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Services Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Services Officer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    No Pros at all as everything is Cons

    Cons

    Everything is Cons and no pros at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look out for some other jobs as Barclays' ship is sinking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    AVP - Middleware Specialist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middleware Specialist in Knutsford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Middleware Specialist in Knutsford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    A competitive pay and very good benefits. I often get positive feedback from colleagues and customers, they acknowledge your skills and experience. Internal jobs available in case you get bored in your current role. I want to highlight the benefits, these are really good, lots of great benefits, support and employee discount.

    Cons

    There is a PD-game every year; just recently noticed management does not really care about what you achieve if they already decided your grade. This is not a great motivation. Same applies for carrier development. If you are looking for a relaxing job, you can get into a very stressing one where always there is a pressure on you to deliver service without any mistake. Making processes even more complicated and our (technical staff) life more difficult in the BAU work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In Cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Senior analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Great reputation and global company

    Cons

    Long working hour no other cons

  8.  

    Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Barclays as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. Both challenging and rewarding. Best of breed with technology and talent.

    Cons

    Somewhat uppidy up and the IT often must interrelate with at least 3-4 different time zones. It can be combersome to coordinate Chicago - London - Singapore meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Good Compensatation....
    Work Life Balance....
    Remote Working...

    Cons

    Stability Issue..... Strategy changes frequently!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Low Morale, Very below average meritocracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Great work life balance and easy environment.

    Cons

    Unintelligent people, many without university degrees. No interest in financial markets, no ambition to grow. Lots of politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on talent retention, upskill graduates instead of rusting them and their careers. Get rid of 10-3pm, lazy, unintelligent, unamibitious, unenthusiastic oldies....please.....they are probably the biggest drag on your equity. take employee opinion seriously!

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Barclays Woolwich Branch Work/Life ratio and working environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Moment Banker in Ashford, Kent, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Moment Banker in Ashford, Kent, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Only reason I chose to work for with them was as it was easy to get job with them and the transport commuting is easy as it is near a station and bus. Also parkiing permit given.

    Cons

    Managements spying on staff to the extent that they will come into the TOILET to tell you to hurry up as the customer queue is getting big!!! Even when ones just gone in, is this not bullying in the work place?. Management has a habit of picking on selected certain staff also. When it comes to emergency childcare management tells staff "get your finances in order so that you can afford a proper child career or get a bigger mortgage from Barclays to help you. Others get away with more than simple wrong doings and attitudes. When a complaint is made about this the management hide their favourites by making statements similar to "each person is dealt with on individual circumstances", "confidentiality" or "they will be spoken to". They still continue to do the wrongs. Management get transfers as "They find it too busy a branch from my old one....I can't take this." Other staff can't get transfers as "there's too much going on" as being the answer. Well if they find things "too much going on" then they are not worthy of being managers. Managers stick up for each other even when they are wrong. When challenged to many things the reply is "It's down to managers discretion", this even applies to getting time off for child sickness and doctors appointments etc.. Even cash differance are taken likely when made by certain staff and management come down hard on others who don't even make often or great value errors- favouritism. This is then paraded between themselves as an example setter...just to get marks and say "I have done my jobs" but they have done more wrong by NOT doing their job where it counts, both to company and colleagues. Customers are persuaded to take insurance and package account even when it is obviously not suitable for them. Management encourage this for the income for the branch.
    No work life understanding by management, they just want to look at company. There attitude an behaviour is having a negative effect on staff and moral and also work productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes and be fair to all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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