Barclays Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins
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Pros
  • Easy to manage Work life balance (in 60 reviews)

  • A steady work environment with some really good people (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • We had to do overtime everyday so work/life balance was no so good (in 20 reviews)

  • Senior management were dictatorial (in 28 reviews)

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  1. bad senior management...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY

    I worked at Barclays full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    work life balance is fine...

    Cons

    lot of politics.. inexperienced managers... doesn't care about employee satisfaction... lie about bonuses at the time of joining...

    Advice to Management

    employees run the company...and it is important to keep them satisfied and happy...also, please make sure....those who are managing analysts...have decent people management and project management/planning skills...


  2. Terrible.

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

    I worked at Barclays full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None what so ever. Awful place to work.

    Cons

    Management, pressure for sales, complete disregard for anything personal.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so uptight. Your sales are great, but remember why you got the holidays you did and who you should thank. Also, if a member of your staff passes away - SHUT THE BRANCH AND LET THE REST OF YOUR STAFF ATTEND THE FUNERAL.


  3. Very poor compensation no outlook

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Training Good health benefits compared to American banks Towards flexible working

    Cons

    No bonus and raises Very poor compensation Flexible working is only on paper High attrition

    Advice to Management

    Rethink the compensation. Attrition is very high Bring different entities of the firm to work as one company Bring open door policy


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  5. One of the worst financial services companies I've worked for!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Compliance in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Compliance in New York, NY

    I worked at Barclays full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High base salary, good medical benefits and comprehensive employee training for legal and compliance employees.

    Cons

    Unless you are in sales, good luck getting any salary raises or bonuses. You're pretty much stuck to the salary you started with, so make sure you negotiate your salary to your advantage when you start working there. Also, there is a horrible work life balance at the company. I practically lived at the office, eating dinner there and taking a car home pretty much every night while I worked there.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the of layers of bureaucracy, everyone and their second cousin seems to need sign-off for the most basic changes in the company.


  6. Hemorrhaging cash, BWA cuts bonuses and makes VPs do the work of 3 people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great research - name recognition...that's about it. It's very difficult to think of any other pros, honestly. People seem to be defecting left & right.

    Cons

    cut-throat culture; local Managing Director has a poor reputation in the industry and creates a challenging & hostile work environment; rather than fostering a team environment, mentorship and advocacy among subordinates and across business lines. It's a real morale killer. Sr. Mngmt pushes reps to sell proprietary structured products & ETNs, even if not suitable.

    Advice to Management

    don't hire people without proper due diligence to avoid bringing on-board another Firm's "throw-away"


  7. Helpful (1)

    Poor management

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

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work from home capability... when you're sick

    Cons

    management, hours, pay, terrible bonus


  8. Management does not care about work life balance and your career is determined by managers' internal politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Can provide a decent (not great) learning platform

    Cons

    incumbent people, politics, blatant disregard of anyone below management and low pay despite tough working conditions

    Advice to Management

    Please try to be more aware of how things are managed and employees paid below the MD level


  9. Used to be place to work at

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Still sizable but with all the talent going else where. Can't think of anything else...

    Cons

    Horrible communication by management. CEO that has been put in by regulators in UK to do Lehman acquisition Impossible to get promoted these days Other banks will eat BCS lunch

    Advice to Management

    Do what is right for the firm. Grow some kahunas and stand up to overreaching regulators, remember Barclays didn't need a bailout.


  10. Worst management

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Event Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Event Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Barclays full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    If you are a consultant, great place to work

    Cons

    Terrible management. Unrealistic expectations for employees

    Advice to Management

    Of you rate employees on expectations, management should live up to those expectations themselves


  11. Helpful (1)

    Bank in a state of flux

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent talent to work with and a vast array of products to sell. Working with management side by side truly helps get you involved in the banks plans as a whole and what direction they are going.

    Cons

    The talent is all leaving, either voluntarily or being forced out and what is led i'm not sure will be a sustainable institution for very long.



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