Barclays Capital Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
772 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 43 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.  

    Low morale

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    Former Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Barclays Capital is still being considered a good name in the street, so it is good to have it on your CV when going to interview somewhere else. And base salaries are still good.

    Cons

    Since Barclays' CEO announced major redundancy plans, including 30% in investment banking until 2016, people stopped working. It is difficult to find a person keen to develop business. The majority spends more time discussing who else is hiring, who is a good headhunter, who will be fired next etc. You feel very low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the management decides to cut personnel, it should just do it rather than telling people thet they will be kicked to the street gradually in large numbers. It is maybe a good news for shareholders but very bad for motivation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    worst management

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    nothing to talk about this company. The management in Jersey City (IT division, now moved to Whippany) is clue less. Some one should speak to Perry Metviner to get rid of age old managers who are hanging out there like parasites without working hard.

    Cons

    worst place, stupid boss. He does not know what he is doing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of parasites (managers who have been working there for more than 5 years), no creativity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Below average place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits from pensions to private health, etc.

    Cons

    Crazy amount of politics, really can't get worse!

  6.  

    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
  7.  

    analyst

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Good work culture, good comp

    Cons

    Hierarchical, long working hours, no off time policy,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Quant Developer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays Capital full-time

    Pros

    Challanging technologies bot IT and quant. Wide ranges of exotic financial products and risk technicks like CVA, Expected Shortfall, VaR, Greeks, P&L attribution.

    Cons

    Not convinced it is easy to step further up on the business leaderhip ladder. At my last position I was an Associat Director, I am not sure if I can get the same rank at Barcap.

  11.  

    Place to learn and grow

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    • Senior Management
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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

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