Barclays Capital Reviews in New York, NY

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
754 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work life balance (but depending on role) is the only good thing about working there (in 60 reviews)

  • Okay before 2012, great leadership in the investment banking side (in 44 reviews)


Cons
  • There are very long hours which may possibly lead to a poor- work life balance I suppose (in 43 reviews)

  • Little opportunity to move, long hours that are sometimes not necessary (in 39 reviews)

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  1.  

    Company with financial trouble

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    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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Strong mid-senior managers to work with, global exposure

    Cons

    lot of legal issues, aggressive decisions from CxO level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve experienced people in decision making

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Business Analyst Intern

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

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

    Pros

    The internship program is the best ! Lot of learning and networking

    Cons

    Not e- verified which is a concern for international students

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    So-So

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

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

    Pros

    Not as uptight as other Wall Street banks

    Cons

    Basically a bunch of Lehman bros who are still a little bitter

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A P at BARCAP

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    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Nothing that I can think of. Started talking about exit from day 1.

    Cons

    MD hired knowing he would be firing soon because he accidentally introduced permanent staff as contingency that internally referred to contract folks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    To them, you're just 'infrastructure'

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

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

    Pros

    you can say you work at a bank, which is what some people want I guess. Pay was ok, not great.

    Cons

    old technology, not viewed as part of the core business, they are really concerned with shoehorning banking culture into the tech area, and this doesn't work if you want good developers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make technology a priority, or drastically shrink the group and move to third part software/consultants. Currently, you have worst of both worlds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good professional opportunities but the firm is falling behind the leading investment banks.

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

    I worked at Barclays Capital full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Global investment bank so it provides opportunities to work across the globe. Good and balanced blend of legacy Barclays and legacy Lehman employees plus new hires since 2008. Good work-life/vacation time.

    Cons

    The lives of the majority of the employees were encumbered by an expensive and time-consuming rebranding and reengineering of the firm's culture that had suffered because of the missteps of a small number of key employees. That lead to lack of focus on producing. Morale is at new lows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While attempting to incorporate positive long-term values current senior management seems really only focused on the results from the next quarter. They drive lay-offs and departmental reorganizations that are a huge distraction. There is no clear strategy regarding the investment bank.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    tax avp

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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    work life is the greatest

    Cons

    turnover/scandals make it not fun

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great office culture. Good choice for personal growth due to the large number of teams available. Flexible working hours as well.

    Cons

    Too many teams. Work can get hazy due to a large number of teams collaborating. Case of too many cooks spoiling the broth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great work especially on the values.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Wasted talent....

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Barclays Capital full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are a lot of very able, hard working people at the Firm who really know what they are doing. It is such a shame that there is so much wasted talent. Department management realizes that morale is at an all time low and does what they can to offer perks that they are permitted to offer. Work life balance is decent.

    Cons

    The employees who actually do know what they are doing at the firm are not promoted, paid or recognized for their hard work. In fact there is no recognition for hard work or going above and beyond for any of the employees in infrastructure. Compensation is poor. Morale is the lowest it has ever been. There is very little faith in the current company management and CEO. Current employees often feel as if they are paying for mistakes others made in the past. Management appears to be satisfied with status quo and affecting any change is very difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul senior management at the Firm. Recognize individuals who perform. You can't instill culture and values at a Firm that was lacking them to begin with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Too much change!

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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Cannot think of any good reason!

    Cons

    Revolving door, exodus of senior managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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