Barclays Capital Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
775 Reviews
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Barclays Capital Group CEO Antony Jenkins
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Review Highlights

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 44 reviews)

  • Little opportunity to move, long hours that are sometimes not necessary (in 51 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Trader

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

    I worked at Barclays Capital full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked with a very talented group of individuals. All possessed a great work ethic and promotions were based on performance.
    Excellent leadership at every level and long term approach to business.

    Cons

    Challenging work/life balance at all times of year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Beware of KYC Refresh

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays Capital as a contractor

    Pros

    Team was made of nice people

    Cons

    Too much time spent on administrative work and spreadsheets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more than a cog in a wheel

  3.  

    finance

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    accelerated learning. good learning curve and mobility

    Cons

    big organization and challenges, hours are challenging

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    my experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Leadership has strong hold on strategy

    Cons

    Values are always client focussed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Investment Banking Analyst

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    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
  7.  

    Place to learn and grow

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    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
  8.  

    Barclays

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Barclays Capital

    Pros

    Very big firm with lots of opportunity to interact with people of different areas, regiona

    Cons

    Long decision making process makes it little difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stramlining the decision making process

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Brutal lifestyle but learn a lot

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Division Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Division Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Steep learning curve
    Great branding
    Hours will always feel easy after this

    Cons

    Long hours
    Not respected within office
    Your time isn't your own
    Menial, tedious work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage managers to be more considerate of employees' time, particularly on weekends

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

    Very political even at junior levels

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's still some collegial culture left over from Lehman Brothers

    Cons

    The "Wild West" culture has nearly taken over. Also, the bank itself is shrinking because of all the legal issues due to aforementioned culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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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