Barclays Global Investors

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Barclays Global Investors Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
84 Reviews

3.7
84 Reviews
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Barclays Global Investors CEO Bob Diamond
Bob Diamond
8 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There was a good work/life balance culture and decent compensation and benefits package (in 9 reviews)

  • BGI is all about corporate culture, people really live it, it is a great place to be (in 5 reviews)


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 (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    iShares Product Development BPI Consultant

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    Former Employee - BPI Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - BPI Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Barclays Global Investors as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great, collegial team with plenty of exposure top entire business and IT platform. Great people.

    Cons

    None really. Training and overall group cohesion was well managed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wish there were more like you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    One of the best places I've worked

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Portfolio Accountant  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Portfolio Accountant in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    At 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 ManagementAdvice

    I would advise management to continue to give people opportunities to grow and learn about other departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company with a vision

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays Global Investors full-time

    Pros

    Industry leader in asset management

    Cons

    Very specialized skills required for investment roles.

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    Nice colleagues, productive and lots of learning

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays Global Investors full-time

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, productive and lots of learning

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Corporate Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Online Project Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Online Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Barclays Global Investors full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I loved working at BGI

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Reporting  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Client Reporting in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Barclays Global Investors full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Upper 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome company, incredible people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Software Engineering  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Software Engineering in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Barclays Global Investors full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be more forthright with your people, particularly when there is bad news that affects people's personal lives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Senior Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Developer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Developer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Barclays Global Investors full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too big to make a difference.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Barclays Global Investors

    Pros

    The 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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Barclays Global Investors

    Pros

    Well 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    professional development training nearly came to a halt when the economy was in a slump

    Approves of CEO

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