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    Worked at Associate level in 3 divisions across firm

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Seamless internal mobility process. Offers a broad range of products. Nice office space.

    Cons

    Subject to excessive regulation, target of multiple domestic and foreign investigations resulting in major fines
    Cannot compete with peers on comp; hemorrhaging talent over the last few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in infrastructure, maintain competitive comp to retain high performing employees. Communicate more focus on what businesses the firm wants to be in long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Project Manager

    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for professional growth

    Cons

    Bureaucratic as times which can be frustrating

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    Business Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Great people, challenging environment, opportunity to move around (functionally and geographically)

    Cons

    Poor direction from the top, too much constant change, pay below market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick with a single started for a prolonged period

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Interned at Barclays for the summer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Work with A-list clients on headline deals, great culture, helpful colleagues

    Cons

    Exposure to management limited, career development not very highly valued, you feel like another cog in the wheel, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your junior employees more, they do the grunt work for you; pay more or you'll lose the best of the best to the boutiques

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Company is doing OK

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

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

    Pros

    NYC. HEart of times square. Work life balance

    Cons

    Bureaucratic. Groupism. Pay does not depend on performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    High and Lows

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President, Human Resources in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President, Human Resources in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Really talented and all-around great people (for now).

    Cons

    Very political - progress is slow and changes are usually too little too late. Lots of turnover - losing good talent due to frustration with the organization. HR promotion process makes no sense - is not based on meritocracy and contributions - and compensation is weak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just focus on cost-cutting and creating efficiencies - foster a company culture that makes people feel valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very good personal experience in small team but overall organization needs a great deal of work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

    Pros

    DIrect managers are extremely caring and a joy to work for. Flexibility, boss is extremely understanding of all outside factors. Work/Life Balance provides opportunity to focus on family life. Down to earth colleagues make for a collegial environment. Independence to build, own and manage processes lets you make what you want of your role.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, it takes forever to get an answer or an approval due to countless layers and endless mixed messaging. Extremely slow pace for anything.
    Compensation was flat out bad and promotion process is inconsistent. No focus improving, just a focus on cutting costs. Very volatile organization with no stability due to lots of layoffs and a revolving door of employees. Communication is lacking as folks make decisions in isolation. Directors sit with their doors closed and many colleagues ignore emails and do not return voicemails.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify, mitigate then eliminate the extreme bureaucracy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Technology Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst, Information Technology in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst, Information Technology in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Nice work-life balance.
    Definite opportunity for growth.
    Exposure to wide array of technologies.

    Cons

    Not very tech-oriented.
    Management is set in their ways.
    Scope for innovation in technology is limited.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, intelligent colleagues, great benefits

    Cons

    Outdated technology, limited developer control, unstable management and business units

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm obviously biased, but I think the banks should shift some of their focus away from traditional business units and look to excel technically. They risk losing talent otherwise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Gender ratio is horrendous

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Barclays as a contractor

    Pros

    Intellectually engaging, top management cares somewhat

    Cons

    Politics, lack of stability, gender ratio

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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