Barclays

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Barclays Reviews in London, England

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
645 Reviews
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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.  

    Solid but not great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Management in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technology Management in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good people
    Strong brand, established institution

    Cons

    Limited progression during cost reduction phase
    Limited bonus in technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on employee morale

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Pressured, dynamic and challenging

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice environment, with lots of change and complex business areas to understand

    Cons

    Sometimes you could be buried in bureaucracy, like other global financial institutions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a bit more nimble and focus more on talent retention

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chaos

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    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company to work, gain lots of experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good range of projects, to gain lots of experience
    Good people, very friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Very long hours
    Training needs to be improve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication to it's employee's

    Recommends
  6.  

    Good for CV

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Good name to work for
    Friendly people to work with which makes it better

    Cons

    Company don't have a clue what direction they are going
    Too many focus and changes

  7.  

    Good package if you are a strong performer, but you have to give up your personal life to get it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President - Risk in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President - Risk in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, fast paced, challenging, lots of scope to move around

    Cons

    Constant threat of redundancy, extremely long hours, leadership levels have excessive amounts of politics and in fighting which gets in the way of them achieving the new vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a role model for the values rather than delegating down to others

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Trying to improve but struggling to get passed its silo-ed mentality

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    Former Employee - Customer Experience Designer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Experience Designer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Willingness to look at new ways of doing things to improve the customer offering with some bright and dedicated people

    Cons

    Silo-ed thinking and departmental politics slow down and frustrate the ability to make a difference with new ideas and ways of working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to ensure departments are working and collaborating on shared objectives that advance the customer proposition and avoid silo-ed behaviours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    one confused organisation

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    Current Employee - Risk and Control in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Risk and Control in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great people, talented people, beautiful offices and great facilities

    Cons

    volume of org changes, very confusing. over reliance on junior staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop changing structures and get out of bed from IB

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Like banging your head against a brick wall of bureaucracy on a daily basis

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good renumeration, benefits, great holiday & pension. Supportive management. Nice offices.

    Cons

    Very difficult to turn ideas into actions, was always a struggle to get things to happen.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A difficult place to work right now

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Personal Banker in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Personal Banker in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good added benefits on top of your salary , reduced child care , gym membership , insurances etc that can be taken out of pre tax pay .
    Fantastic team of people to work with.
    Real innovation in moving the business forward so it is sustainable in the future.

    Cons

    The customers that come into the branch do not want the changes that are being implemented and are rude and abusive to the staff on a daily basis.
    Long working hours .
    Staff leaving and not being replaced, the rest of the team having to pick up their work load .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realise that the people in the branches are working 8 or 9 hour days with no or little breaks and not being able to claim overtime due to this breaking 'values' .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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