Barclays Capital Reviews in New York, NY

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
768 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 50 reviews)

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  1.  

    Investment Banking Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Division Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Division Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Personal development and growth opportunities
    Highly competitive program
    Excellent learning experience
    Hours better than average

    Cons

    Long hours, but not long for banking
    Recent bad press
    Management changeover

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Place to learn and grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Friendly team, good to learn things on investment, if you start from different background like IT. Plenty of space to grow within the department.

    Cons

    As the culture of big firms, you are boxed in, ie. switch from IT analytics role to quant or trading is next to never.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great reputation, awful culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President - Project Manager/Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President - Project Manager/Business Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, upper management recognition of need to change the culture and reduce complexity by shrinking the IB.

    Cons

    The poor IT infrastructure cannot meet regulatory requirements. Deep mistrust between departments. Lots of meetings that accomplish nothing. Stunning lack of communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want Barclays to be a bank with integrity as per the firm's bylaws, you should start by not lying about job scope and functions during interviews.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Its ok

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work is very good! Challenging especially if you are into development. Learning curve is also high

    Cons

    Not very good work culture. Training is good, but people are not friendly and are workaholics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better compensation and better motivation among employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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 (less than an 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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    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 (less than an 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
  9.  

    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 (less than an 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
  10.  

    A P at BARCAP

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    • Senior Management
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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 (less than an 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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

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