Barclays Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
559 Reviews
3.0
559 Reviews
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Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins
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176 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.  

    Aight

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    Work environment is average, it's comparable to other large banks. They have great holiday parties. THere are opportunities for advancement but you may be required to relocate.

    Cons

    The may make promises in the hiring decision and not follow through with them. Be careful if you are promised the moon.

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    Relaxed environment in ops dept

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    Former Employee - Operations Analyst  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Barclays full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Relax, no pressure, relatively good pay and benifits

    Cons

    Career path unclear. Aggressive outsourcing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many scandals happened recently

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very lucky experience with my team

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    The structure of the Finance Graduate Program was ideal for a first job out of school, providing a well-rounded training curriculum and an opportunity to learn about all the different areas within in Finance. I can say that there was a recognition of the higher-performing graduate analysts, and that they were rewarded with the placements they sought out.

    Cons

    There is a lack of true cohesion among all teams not only inter-departmentally, but also within Finance itself. Many teams seek to "protect" themselves rather than all constructively work together toward a greater purpose. Collective morale also took a big blow with all the high, senior-level misdeeds and the associated bad press.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to start a career in finance

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Investment banking at Barclays provides a great learning experience for college graduates.

    Cons

    Compensation is never above the street.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance could improve if not the compensation, early promotions could help to retain talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A great experience and enjoyed the team and technical work environment.

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    Current Employee - ETL Backend Tester  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - ETL Backend Tester in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    Got well together, amazing infrastructure and amazing team support. Flexibility in timings. Wonderful learning experience. Great platform to exhibit self ingrained skills.

    Cons

    some challenges i have encountered here is I took a little of time for me to first catch hold of the financial sector and its intricacies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Lehman legacy.. A lot of areas to grow

    Cons

    European based ... all top managers are from UK.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great culture, though organization has suffered from a morale problem in recent years.

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Strong support of teamwork vs. individual. Great corporate culture. Mentoring is available at strong levels. Strong recruiting culture, as well.

    Cons

    Morale problem, uncompetitive pay, lack of organizational pride. There have been increased senior management changes in recent years. Recently, there has been a perception of the new CEO as not "getting" the IB business.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great company, great people, cutting-edge business solutions, harmonious environment...

    Cons

    Not much bonus, at least for the first year

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good managers who take the time to teach you the ropes, but sometimes there is a lack of initiative taken.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    Great company, Canary Wharf is an accessible place

    Cons

    Sometimes the upward mobility can be tough

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    Great Culture

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Very helpful people and very motivated lot of people

    Cons

    due to current economic conditions, the bonuses allotted may differ from year to year

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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