Barclays Investment Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Barclays Investment Group CEO Antony Jenkins
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Pros
  • work life balance: flexible working hours (in 61 reviews)

  • Okay before 2012, great leadership in the investment banking side (in 44 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance - teams can be quite top heavy (in 44 reviews)

  • long hours but depends on person to person (in 53 reviews)

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  1. good work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Barclays Investment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good place to work, nice work environment.

    Cons

    not found any issue in work environment


  2. Post-bulge bracket firm

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Barclays Investment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lower hierarchy One of the better banks for work-life balance Newer technology in some areas. Lehman/BarCap consolidation done and dusted.

    Cons

    Cost-cutting beginning to make life difficult; less interesting projects: more compliance and clearing now (same everywhere probably). Old dingy work conditions for IT


  3. Great bank

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Barclays Investment (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    *Smart people for the most part *Competitive pay

    Cons

    *Difficult to get top PE/HF offers because BarCap isn't looked at as a peer to Goldman or MS, unless you're at one of BarCap's top groups

    Advice to Management

    Invest in yourselves as managers. Learn how to manage people. Don't let your finance experience be the sole qualifier for you to act as Vice President or Managing Director.


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  5. Barclays

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Barclays Investment

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues & job was initially entrepreneurial

    Cons

    New management was narrow minded, short sighted, & lacked experience. He only had knowledge of the area he started in with little regard for the newer areas he inherited

    Advice to Management

    Hire someone with more rounded experience across multiple business lines


  6. Change management

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    Current Employee - Vice President Compliance in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President Compliance in New York, NY

    I have been working at Barclays Investment full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very helpful and friendly team from the moment I arrived. Took interest in supporting me while I learned to job.

    Cons

    Not very exciting work. Very tedious, but great for someone who's passionate about project management.


  7. Finding its way, hopefully to be to be great.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Barclays Investment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to Work From Home Engage in several extracurricular groups within firm Challenging work Employees willing to help others Resume builder

    Cons

    Too many changes and they happen too fast. Consistently changing Work/Life Balance for those who are striving for excellence Always on hiring freeze Always looking to reduce headcount Too many employees reporting to management they've never met Unorganized reporting lines Ability to navigate firm is challenging Does not pay for license Does not pay for MBA Upper mangement does not know how to keep things private.

    Advice to Management

    This firm can be amazing but you have leaders in roles that do not follow the values the firm is asking its employees to stand by. Constant changes makes us believe no one knows the direction of the firm.


  8. Compliance associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Barclays Investment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and time off. Friendly coworkers

    Cons

    No upward mobility, can be a hostile environment

    Advice to Management

    HR should get more involved when employees express specific concerns. Felt brushed aside more than once


  9. Helpful (1)

    Barclays Capital

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Barclays Investment full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Large bank with hands in everything so a lot of exposure

    Cons

    Its a large bank so you are a small cog in a large machine

    Advice to Management

    Pick your values/identity and stick with them


  10. Ok place to work - back office

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President, Global Finance in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President, Global Finance in New York, NY

    I have been working at Barclays Investment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is good, pay is ok through all the changes to the pay scale they have done

    Cons

    A bit political, career advancement,

    Advice to Management

    There are tons of employees who want to do more, management should be more vocal about opportunities that exist within teams.


  11. Helpful (1)

    B

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MD Equities in New York, NY
    Former Employee - MD Equities in New York, NY

    I worked at Barclays Investment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A global diversified bank with long history in England with many job opportunities

    Cons

    Investment bank is treated a step child to the retail bank although historically in past ten years investment bank returns have far exceeded the retail bank



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