Barclays Capital Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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Barclays Capital Group CEO Antony Jenkins
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Pros
  • Good work life balance (but depending on role) is the only good thing about working there (in 61 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 53 reviews)

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  1. Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays Capital

    Pros

    Nice people and nice salary

    Cons

    Values are not respected, products offered to clients are basic

  2. 10 year employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays Capital full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Culture, good managers, cafeteria, mobility within firm

    Cons

    compensation, senior managers, good people always leave

  3. Decent firm and smart people to work with.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The overall people in the team were smart and knew their stuff pretty well. The office furniture and machines were brand new.

    Cons

    Like other big banks, too much red tape.

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  5. Not as good as it once was.

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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 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.

  6. Great culture and place to learn!

    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays Capital

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of Lehman talent that has retained the culture

    Cons

    Increasingly hierarchical and political due to the large size
    Less prestige than some other banks

  7. Great Commodities Business in Houston - while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Barclays Capital

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    exposure to full range of commodity products both financial and physical

    Cons

    nothing negative to say other than they closed commodity business

    Advice to Management

    should have stuck with the black gold

  8. Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays Capital

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

    Pros

    Great people is probably the best part

    Cons

    Poor management and lack of transparency in everything

  9. Great employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays Capital

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance here esp if you are a mother and not bad for fathers too.
    No issues with timings etc .. .management is cooperative

    Cons

    Performance appraisals are pathetic. Parking is a big problem

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

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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 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.

  11. Barcap

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good technology investment. The new technologies are used and updated all the time, which is good, especially for the flow business.

    Cons

    Not really a friendly working environment. The person with sharp elbows will take advantage of those don't. I guess this is true for most large corporations, where politics dominates.

    Advice to Management

    Build a friendly culture, let people grow in the environment. That's the only way to keep good people. Without good people around, it is hard to be top notch -- this is a people business.

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