Barclays Capital Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
746 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 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.  

    Cut-Throat Investment Bank

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Analyst in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    I guess the best thing working for Barclays is the fact that you can throw the name around and people will be impressed. Only your colleagues and those close to you will realize that Barclays is just a turn-over machine. If you have no choice and are desperate, I would recommend Barclays but simply as a springboard.

    Cons

    Barclays is a typical turn-over machine. It does not matter how much time you have put in the firm or how valuable you are for day to day operations. YOU WILL GET THE BOOT! They work you non-stop with no recognition whatsoever and when its time to cut jobs you will be on the list. Only those that are working there because they know someone are the ones receiving the kudos (even those individuals are not safe from the Barclays sword). I personally dealt with upper management and lots of other sections of the firm and most of them had no idea what they were doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Barclays needs to do an entire 360 in order to start providing value back their employees. They are only focused on the bottom line and are not focused on retaining top notch talent. As I heard from many vets that it was always not like that at Barclays. They need to return back to what they were pre-financial crisis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    So much potential to be great...

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

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

    Pros

    So much talent, it's amazing to work with such wonderful people. The company was a true melting pot of individuals and backgrounds but everyone came together to focus on achieving the goals that were set. Pay was fair and the flexibility around time off was more than generous.

    Cons

    Long days, especially outside of the UK. Management in certain areas tends to not appreciate their people and fail to give credit where credit is due. There has been a wholesale shift in the corporate belief system in an attempt to appease the UK press. Sadly, the result of this has been a changing of the guard with senior leadership. Many of the original Barclays Capital leaders have been exited from the organization and are being replaced with Retail Bank personnel. Morale is at an all time low given the number and frequency of redundancies. It's a challenging work environment when you're constantly looking over your shoulder and wondering if this is the round where you are exited. Due to the challenging financial culture, management in technology seems to be focused more on hitting budget numbers than setting a strategy and leading their people. In recent times, it felt as though more effort was being spent on audit remediation than building the strongest product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget to say thank you. Be honest with your people. Set a strategy and LEAD. Remove layers of bureaucracy. Give your people the tools and training to succeed.

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

    analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays Capital as an intern

    Pros

    great learning experience for interns

    Cons

    horrible organization structure no long term platform

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let mediocre to destroy the firm

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Aggressive, entrepreneurial shop that became too political. Lehman was the nail in the coffin.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    As long as one is politically connected, one can coast for a long, long time here.

    Cons

    The ex-Lehman mentality has destroyed a once admirable shop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire everyone who came from Lehman.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall, it was challenging and fast-paced environment, full of ambitious and hard-working people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I worked on the trading floor in a sales support capacity and finally in a sales seat. I was never bored or wanting for a challenge. The people around me were energetic and entrepreneurial in nature. I was always surrounded by a stimulating buzz of activity.

    Cons

    You have to enjoy working with aggressive, hard-charging people. Work-life balance can be out of whack unless you are extremely talented at your role and managing yourself and those around you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You cannot change people's core values by sending them to classes. You must hire those who live the values and discipline those who do not. Above all, if the vast majority of your managers do not adhere to the company values (known internally by the acronym "RISES") and put them ahead of profits, then the ongoing repair of the company's damaged reputation will fail in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    OK experience - could have been a lot better

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Depends on the division, but they are a global brand, which always helps mobility.

    Cons

    Management was ineffectual, not the brightest tools in the shed.
    The HR function is token and not attuned to the needs of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Memorable, fun, and good culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Barclays Capital

    Pros

    Good training place. Quite a comfortable team environment for me.

    Cons

    Difficult to get promoted. But it's simile to other banks, have to have somebody to leave to get his position

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Culture

    Current Employee - Global Markets Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Global Markets Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Barclays Capital as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly working environment. Most of the senior people very approachable. A lot of emphasis on teamwork. They really care about your career development.

    Cons

    The bank is going through a lot of changes now. Maybe not the best place if you are looking for stability.

  10.  

    A P at BARCAP

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    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 less than a year

    Pros

    Nothing that I can think of. Started talking about exit from day 1.

    Cons

    MD hired knowing he would be firing soon because he accidentally introduced permanent staff as contingency that internally referred to contract folks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Used to be a great place

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    Former Employee - Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Barclays Capital full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Some nice people.
    Nice building.

    Cons

    It's gotten too large for it's infrastructure.
    It's culture has changed drastically over the years, for the worse.
    Not competitive in compensation with other banks.
    Little opportunity for career advancement.
    Lacked product scope.
    Lacked diversity in senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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