Barclays Capital Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Not as good as it once was.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Market leader with C-suite access to nearly all potential clients.

    Cons

    Former Lehman culture now pervades New York office. This has resulted in fiefdoms and less collaboration across groups. Less variety in job roles as organization is far more hierarchical now.

    Advice to Management

    I think this is just a function of the culture shift from having a growing IB business to having a fully mature one after the Lehman acquisition.

  2. Management plan is disjointed with limited staff over worked.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Work location and the knowledge to build your understanding of subject matter.

    Cons

    Managers manage up and not down. The volume of work with limited staff support and expectation of execution of that work is unrealistic. Changing priorities everyday without focus, then to have the work that was said to be priority put aside after spending time and shifting current work load to execute.

    Found that most mid-level management are YES people without questioning the rationale for the reason why, for fear of not being part of the niche crowd. Line managers adhoc requests are vague and unclear but you are expected to figure it out with no support.

    Work-Life balance is stated but not practiced.

    Advice to Management

    Hire enough staff to do the work expected with out over working your current limited staff on hand. This may help the heavy staff turnover. Just don't accept tasks or projects blindly but ask, is this the best way of doing it or why are we doing it.

  3. Quality Control Business Coverage

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Compliance Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Compliance Officer in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, great benefits

    Cons

    Employer has adapted a Big Brother method of controlling employee financial, personal, and political as well as volunteer activities. You must ask permission to engage in personal finance, report your volunteer organizational activities that are not on an "employer approved lists" and then disclose if you give money to a charity of any type.

    Advice to Management

    The company is depreciating everyday while you all are competing for adoration and title. Many of you are unable to make a decision and the worst offenders of every company policy, yet you treat staff like indentured servants.

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  5. Back office consultant

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

    I worked at Barclays Capital

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

    Pros

    Flexible and decent paying back office consultant positions, I found the employees there to be very friendly and helpful to inexperienced hires.

    Cons

    Hours can be long but this should be expected in finance, technology was antiquated, and red tape abounds.

  6. Application support Analyst

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Support Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Applications Support Analyst in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Nice and humble co-workers
    Good Work form home Policy
    Good benefits package

    Cons

    Highly Political environment
    Advancement opportunities depend on people that are far removed from what you do
    If you are an employee in USA, the upper management doesn't know/care about you
    High attrition rate

  7. Great work culture. But my team and management are exceptional.

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

    I have been working at Barclays Capital

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Management is outstanding. Startup like culture in my team.

    Cons

    Working hours are bad in trading, though it is same case with all major banks.

  8. Wouldn't want to be anywhere else

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The corporate culture is very oriented to work life balance and they hire for fit as well as aptitude. Infastructure in place for learning and developing broad skill sets

    Cons

    Compensation isn't competitive with some of the buldge brackets on the street.

    Advice to Management

    We need to be on par with the street in terms of salary and bonus and make sure that we implement changes quickly as it causes loss of talent through retention and recruiting.

  9. Interesting evironment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work often, not too hard

    Cons

    Work too much, sometimes difficult

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up

  10. Ruthless, unbelievable

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Business Analyst - Reg Reporting in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Business Analyst - Reg Reporting in New York, NY

    I worked at Barclays Capital as a contractor (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The only pro while working as a Consultant in IT was that the business stakeholders were cooperating in providing proper requirements, there were exceptions though.

    Cons

    The senior leadership works on the premise - "My way on the highway", they are ruthless, disrespectful and their management style is to micro manage people.

    A dumb manager used to write emails to me and instruct me to send emails to another member, how dumb one can get considering the fact that she used to sit in an office diagonally opposite to me.

    There was no sense of proper business analysis methodologies and the contractors working under her were sucking up to her to be in her good books. I was laid off because I was not afraid and took the bulls by its horns.

    Advice to Management

    The management would do well to hire highly skilled and experienced managers who would understand the intricacies of business analysis in and out.

  11. Company has had difficulty retaining talent, a lot of great employees have decided to leave the firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - N/A in New York, NY
    Former Employee - N/A in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I had a great experience for the three years I was there, I had a great support system but ultimately felt that I grew out of my role and needed to experience something else

    Cons

    Company is going through a tough transition and talent continues to leave the firm for other opportunities; ultimately I chose to do the same

    Advice to Management

    Train and support the junior team; ultimately mid-level and senior executives did not provide much growth opportunity and people have looked to go elsewhere

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