Barclays Capital Reviews in New York, NY

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
734 Reviews

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Pros
  • Good work life balance (but depending on role) is the only good thing about working there (in 56 reviews)

  • Okay before 2012, great leadership in the investment banking side (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • There are very long hours which may possibly lead to a poor- work life balance I suppose (in 40 reviews)

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

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  1.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    tax avp

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    • 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 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
  3.  

    Great place to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    Wasted talent....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Too much change!

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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Cannot think of any good reason!

    Cons

    Revolving door, exodus of senior managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Confused

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

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

    Pros

    Barclays has talented people across the organization, there are definitely smart players here who understand the market and the business they are in. The place was fairly flexible about time off, and some work life balance.

    Cons

    The place is quietly very political, with different fiefdoms among teams and individuals who are supported and not supported. The lack of success in the investment banking space means the place is shedding people and not paying competitively. Often the true status of things are not expressed until people are shorted on bonuses or let go. The future of the i bank as a major player in the US is really up for grabs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For a management team that gives lip service to integrity and openness, the number of scandals and regulatory issues is stunning. Decide if you want to really be a major player

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    On the way down

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GTIS Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - GTIS Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Barclays Capital full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good people to work with, salary is good for most part

    Cons

    No direction, Constant Layoffs with no rationalization around the cuts. Americas GTIS head seems to survive all the layoffs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good learning experience

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

    I have been working at Barclays Capital full-time

    Pros

    IB toolset at bulge bracket

    Cons

    IB lifestyle at bulge bracket

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be great, now disappearing fast

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Was great until the decision was made to shrink the investment bank. Now, everyone is running for the hills.

    Cons

    Layoffs and more layoffs. Morale is at the all time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop shooting yourselves in the foot

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    So you want to be the "Go To" Bank

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate, Investment Banking Division  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate, Investment Banking Division in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The experience is priceless; how large corporations operate in spite of themselves.

    Cons

    Constant change at mid level and upper level positions. If you want to join, hang on; the rules will change in a month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turnover at over 25%, you might want to initiate a 360 degree review process.....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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