Barclays Capital

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Barclays Capital Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
819 Reviews
3.0
819 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 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.  

    Poor Culture

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    Current Employee - Information Technology Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Information Technology Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    great salary, some individuals were great people to work with health care package great all-round benefits

    Cons

    insulated cliques, not that diverse, lots of glass ceilings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your staff diversity, listen to staff who have complaints or issues, it could help to change your reputation in the city and retain valuable staff who wish to contribute to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Can be good, if you end up in the right team

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Technology Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Global Technology Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Barclays Capital

    Pros

    A lot of the people have been helpful and approachable plus the benefits schemes are pretty good.

    Cons

    A lot of processes, which are already mature in other companies are barely there and it can take a very long time to get things done.
    There are quite a few employees in senior positions, who can't deal with day to day tasks and lack basic knowledge in their area of expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out the massive layer of junior directors - a lot of them don't have any reports and their job could be done but much more junior colleagues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Keep low expectations and you'll be fine

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Finance Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Global Finance Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Pretty good work/life balance, all things considered (no crazy hours like investment banking). When I worked there, there was overtime for analysts so that was a great form of compensation. I made a lot of good friends at Barclays.

    Cons

    This is not a prestigious job. You are working in the back office of an investment bank. You're not working with Ivy League graduates with MBAs. If you're okay with this, then you'll be fine. It's very hard to be in this group and then switch to a front office role...but in rare cases, it happens.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not bad but not great. Double standards prevail

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President Sourcing Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President Sourcing Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Barclays Capital

    Pros

    Good people who work hard and deliver for colleagues and customers alike. Plus they're a social bunch who know how to enjoy themselves.

    Cons

    Feels like the values are talked about a lot but not often demonstrated by snr mgmt. When they want something values and work life balance go out the window and the work is expected to be done regardless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to appreciate those who work for you and the impact your decisions and requests have on your employees on a day to day basis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Had its ups and downs but overall the firm is a good company to begin your career on the street

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays Capital

    Pros

    The opportunity to learn and network with experienced industry leaders. Also, the name of the firm gives you the opportunity to go other places as well.

    Cons

    The political aspect of the firm, which is present in many other firms and industry's and can help you continue further into your career

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of my biggest disappointments in entire career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technology Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Barclays Capital full-time

    Pros

    Hard to find. But there are very smart people somewhere there. They are constantly trying to hide from HR and senior management.

    Cons

    HR service is really bad.
    Compensation is lowest in the market.
    They are firing people at will.
    Bureaucracy is overwhelming.
    This is simply the worst place I have ever worked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Complete dysfunction at the senior management level

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Those professionals left standing are, for the most part, hard working, intelligent and consciencious. They do attempt to provide quality service to their clients across the full spectrum of financial products. They have a massive footprint in almost every market globally and their aren't many things they cannot transact as a bank.

    Cons

    Senior management is terrified of public perception. It almost felt as if they'd rather have happy headlines than happy employees and stock holders. Morale is awful. Barclays did not grow organically in the United States post the Lehman acquisition. The result of that has been 6 years of purges and downsizes and business realignments. Barclays wants to be the biggest and has lost sight of the fact that its more important to be the best at a few things than very mediocre in everything. Compensation, by all acounts, is 20-30% lower than counterparts at other similar shops.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A typical Investment Bank

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays Capital

    Pros

    Great benefits and opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Hours can be demanding depending on the position.

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

    Great culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays Capital

    Pros

    Culture, people, intellectually stimulating, senior management is easily and readily accessible.

    Cons

    Internal mobility seems hard, compensation could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote internal mobility and raise compensation to retain talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Losing people left and right, doing nothing to keep the good ones

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays Capital

    Pros

    Some really good people (but decreasing). Relatively relaxing work place. Layoffs not bad recently (as enough people are leaving on their own)

    Cons

    Pay. Pay decreasing. Turnover large. No longer an IB. Run by credit card people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep the few good people you have left

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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