Barclays Global Investors
3.6 of 5 83 reviews
www.group.barclays.com San Francisco, CA 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Jun 30, 2014

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Barclays Global Investors CEO Bob Diamond

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Pros:
  • "There was a good work/life balance culture and decent compensation and benefits package"
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  • "BGI is all about corporate culture, people really live it, it is a great place to be"
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Cons:
  • "As with all companies there are a lot of incompetent people in senior management"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Work / life balance is difficult to manage"
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    One of the best places I've worked

    Portfolio Accountant (Former Employee)
    Sacramento, CA

    ProsI loved the camaraderie. The benefits were good and people were treated well. I was provided opportunities to grow and cross-train.

    ConsAt the time, there were lots of changes within upper management. There also seemed to be challenges in trying to keep all systems current.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would advise management to continue to give people opportunities to grow and learn about other departments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company with a vision

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIndustry leader in asset management

    ConsVery specialized skills required for investment roles.

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    Nice colleagues, productive and lots of learning

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNice colleagues, productive and lots of learning

    Consbarclays did not seem to know what to do with barclays global investors

    Advice to Senior Managementcommunicate more

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Corporate Culture

    Online Project Manager (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsFriendly environment, smart people and innovative. They work hard to ensure that there is a strong sense of culture.

    ConsCan be long hours but at the same time, you feel motivated to work. Everyone is onboard with the company objectives.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote within

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I loved working at BGI

    Client Reporting (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsI worked at BGI over 10 years. It was a wonderful place to work. Now has been bought by BlackRock and a much diminished company. It was a fairly flat organization and very innovative, progressive in policy, great benefits and the smartest coworkers one could hope to have. You worked hard, sometimes to the detriment of your personal life, but it was often worth it and there was a real feeling of accomplishment, support of the firm, and camaraderie.

    ConsThere were glass ceilings and limited opportunities at BGI at times. In some departments, getting ahead was dependent more on who you knew and how you appeared than your actual talent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management was fantastic. From the late Patti Dunn to Blake Grossman as CEOs, they were approachable, hard working, brilliant, inclusive, data-driven, customer focused, non-'attitude-inous' and open. It was a great ride.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome company, incredible people

    Director of Software Engineering (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe company has great values that are shared by all employees. The people are the smartest I've ever worked with and there's a minimum of politicking given the strong culture of being all-in together. Good employees stay for a very long time and it feels like family.

    ConsAs the company has grown it has accrued more bureaucracy and the global offices, while operating under common rules, feel more and more isolated in nature.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more forthright with your people, particularly when there is bad news that affects people's personal lives.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Systems Developer (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsAcademic, well paid, great bonus, fantastic benefits. Culture of thinking. Resource rich.

    ConsToo big to make a difference.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Prestige and Polish on the outside; not so much on the inside

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe company's reputation holds a great deal of value in the investment market. However, their infrastructure does not promote cross functional training, movement, nor the ability to mentor/mentee others outside of the business groups

    ConsThe company is very political and hard to maneuver if you are not willing to sacrifice your integrity for the organization. They make internal organizational changes without regard how it affects others outside the group

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should really focus on their employees and provide the right leadership to continue to grow their biggest asset (employees).

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    Barclays Global Investors is a well known investment management company and promotes people to move within the company.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsWell known company
    large enough for people to move within the company
    good benefits
    company promotes work life balance
    promotes efficiency
    offered a lot of professional development training

    Conslocation is south of market, a bit far away from the financial district

    Advice to Senior Managementprofessional development training nearly came to a halt when the economy was in a slump

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    Good place to start a career in asset management

    Index Portfolio Manager (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsNot only do you manage money, but you are part of a team that manages the largest pool of assets in the world. in addition, BGI pays for you to get smart -- generously reimburse MBA, CFA, etc.

    ConsCan get a bit monotonous at times, sometimes bordering boring... Project work can vary and add interest, but the key is to manage your funds to its benchmark (yawn)

    Advice to Senior ManagementInformation sharing / training really needs to improve. Lead people seem guarded in sharing information as they seem to be protecting themselves. Instead, if they trusted & shared, they could get so much more out of being a senior member of team (not like the good ol' days)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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