Barclays Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
583 Reviews
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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 18 reviews)

  • There have been increased senior management changes in recent years (in 26 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very political, moral is in the dumps

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

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

    Pros

    Large investment bank
    Looks good on the resume
    Good place to start
    Work/life balance

    Cons

    Very political
    Moral is rough
    Hard to see your value (HUGE company)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less internal marketing/videos
    Less of a political environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    avoid

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

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

    Pros

    beats being unemployed in the current job market

    Cons

    Very stratified. Very British. If you are not in London, expect to be the last to know about any changes. Bank doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up. You are only as good as what you did yesterday.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Company review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, perks are ok, not the best dental, just increased maternity leave in the US to 4 weeks. Company takes a lot of effort in providing various courses and training for human capital development.

    Cons

    Low compensation leads to best people leaving the company, especially in the investment bank. US division must comply to both US and UK regulatory rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best human capital needs to be rewarded properly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Poor work culture

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    Current Employee - Mobile Developer in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Mobile Developer in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This place is good if you want to gain some banking experience. The projects are led by a competent technical team in the UK.

    Cons

    The work environment here is not too good. Basically the entire management here is from Verizon. It is a pretty well known fact that Verizon has pretty bad reputation in the Dallas region as far as work culture goes. Its pretty much the same here.

    This place has way too many redundant managers who seem to have gotten here just because they were all friends with each other at Verizon. The main management for the projects is in the UK which does a good job of maintaining a process. The Plano center mainly develops the requirements passed down from the UK, it does not have projects of its own. The managers here have zero control over the timelines, deliverables, new features, etc.This also means that this place is at the mercy of a projects from the UK. This has resulted in many layoffs recently as a result of there being less work and budget cuts. They are now also outsourcing most of the work to TCS in India. This is not the best place to be for job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management team needs to be overhauled. More emphasis needs to be given to coming up with better processes to make the job of developers more predictable. Managers should be more open about things instead of being secretive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Not what I expected

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

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Flexible work from home, multiple network of mentors

    Cons

    Consistent ineffective strategy management, low compensation to talent ratio

    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    stressful

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    Former Employee - Guest Services
    Former Employee - Guest Services

    I worked at Barclays part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    get to see concerts ad games for free and you can move up in title

    Cons

    A lot of favoritism and management may treat employees like children. And employees get paid on an event basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people the way you would like to be treated.

  8.  

    Decent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Great company to have on your resume

    Cons

    Cut throat culture with no security

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make employees feel appreciated

  9.  

    Investment Banking

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Fast-paced work environment, interaction with some very smart individuals, opportunities to work on interesting transactions.

    Cons

    The culture can be very challenging, and there is very little work life balance present with long hours being the norm. The work environment can also be very bureaucratic.

  10.  

    Operations Graduate Program

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to experience different groups
    Great training and continued education courses to take.

    Cons

    The moral of the firm and specifically in Operations was always negative. Too many groups are being outsourced.

    Placement process is a little shady but if you know what you want just go after it and speak directly to the appropriate manager asap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put in place a more transparent promotion process. People are there for 10+, 20+ years and they are still analysts... doesn't make sense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    They provide work/life balance arrangements.

    Cons

    Not enough promotions within the firm. Needs to work on the culture of the bank. Increase bonus or base salary pools.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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