Barclays Investment Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Barclays

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    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


  2. Change management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Compliance in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President Compliance in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Finding its way, hopefully to be to be great.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


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  5. Compliance associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Barclays Capital

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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


  7. Ok place to work - back office

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President, Global Finance in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President, Global Finance in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    B

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MD Equities in New York, NY
    Former Employee - MD Equities in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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


  9. Trading Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trading Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Trading Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barclays Investment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Barclay's had an amazing training program and helped me to develop.

    Cons

    Transparency was not the greatest.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more open communications. The company represents itself as a meritocracy but does not fulfill on that promise.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Barclays: Lacking Direction and Retention Priblems

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lawyer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Lawyer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart Trading Desk and Investment Banking Personnel who are frustrated by lack of infrastructure support.

    Cons

    Weak and direction less Legal Department, which has lost too many senior lawyers due to low morale and Unser market compensation


  11. Helpful (3)

    Do not work here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barclays Investment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unless you can negotiate a ton of money for yourself, do not work here.

    Cons

    Across all groups in the bank, front office, banking, compliance, legal, ops, tech, it doesn't matter, there is constant turn over, mostly because lower and mid level employees are treated like crap and they know they can do better else where. The problem is they have a lot of managers that have been there for 10 or more years and they are too expensive to remove so they employ a revolving door of employees beneath them. They don't care about you as long as they can keep their head count allowances. It's a running joke as to how long each new hire will last. The promotion structure makes no sense and if you get stuck working for a bad line manager who hates you, you might as well start looking for a new job because they will find a way to get rid of you. If you want to move internally bc you don't like your current role, be warned, you must put at least one year in and be in good standing, and it can take months for that transfer to happen. You are better off just going to work somewhere else. Oh and that whole work life balance is nonsense, you will intentionally be given assignments that make it impossible to get out the door at a reasonable hour. If you complain you will not be seen a "team player" which will affect your crappy bonus and can cause you to get a negative review. They have a work from home policy but your manager can say "no" at anytime and not let you work from home, don't think that you are entitled to any of those "wonderful" perks that they offer. Unless you get it in writing, they can deny you all those work life balance options.

    Advice to Management

    If you pay people a garbage wage and treat them like crap they will leave. I did.



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