Barclays
3.1 of 5 501 reviews
www.barclays.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Barclays Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.1 501 reviews

                             

71% Approve of the CEO

Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins

Antony Jenkins

(144 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Some good people amidst a sea of people who've checked out; good work life balance"
    in 43 reviews
  • "Flexible work from home, multiple network of mentors"
    in 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "no work life balance, no transparent perfomance rating system"
    in 17 reviews
  • "There have been increased senior management changes in recent years"
    in 22 reviews
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    Great place to start a career in finance

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsInvestment banking at Barclays provides a great learning experience for college graduates.

    ConsCompensation is never above the street.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork-life balance could improve if not the compensation, early promotions could help to retain talent

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very good personal experience in small team but overall organization needs a great deal of work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsDIrect managers are extremely caring and a joy to work for. Flexibility, boss is extremely understanding of all outside factors. Work/Life Balance provides opportunity to focus on family life. Down to earth colleagues make for a collegial environment. Independence to build, own and manage processes lets you make what you want of your role.

    ConsVery bureaucratic, it takes forever to get an answer or an approval due to countless layers and endless mixed messaging. Extremely slow pace for anything.
    Compensation was flat out bad and promotion process is inconsistent. No focus improving, just a focus on cutting costs. Very volatile organization with no stability due to lots of layoffs and a revolving door of employees. Communication is lacking as folks make decisions in isolation. Directors sit with their doors closed and many colleagues ignore emails and do not return voicemails.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIdentify, mitigate then eliminate the extreme bureaucracy.

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

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    Ehhhh.

    Operations Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsMost of the people I have met are very helpful. Great health benefits, 401k match.

    ConsPromotion process is unclear and completely different depending on the area of the bank you work in. There are seemingly people with titles who shouldn't have them as they don't do anything, or know what you would expect them to know for having that title. Executive management does not appear to have a pulse on all the negative sentiment that exists internally. Not a fun place to work. Direct mgmt seemingly doesn't care about it's staff. It's not a growing company, it's a shrinking one. No raises for years. Seemingly impossible to get an interview internally without knowing someone. HR is the worst. They are slow to respond: to queries, job submissions, etc. completely unhelpful.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeeds a complete overhaul. All the money spent paying McKinnsey for the review has seemingly been wasted for the moment.

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

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    Ok when Bob D used to run things. It has fallen apart after his departure.

    Assistant Vice President (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood internal mobility
    Good international mobility

    ConsTerrible pay
    People paying too much attention to how long you've been away from your desk

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess of the "values" and "go-to bank", more about how to make money

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

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    Analyst, Information Technology (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsNice work-life balance.
    Definite opportunity for growth.
    Exposure to wide array of technologies.

    ConsNot very tech-oriented.
    Management is set in their ways.
    Scope for innovation in technology is limited.

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

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    Not typical IB bank

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork life balance
    Relatively reasonable work hours as compared to other IB banks

    ConsToo big
    Does not pay
    Used to promote, now the policy changed. No promotions anymore

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo many policy changes from manageement

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

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    Very political, moral is in the dumps

    Analyst (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsLarge investment bank
    Looks good on the resume
    Good place to start
    Work/life balance

    ConsVery political
    Moral is rough
    Hard to see your value (HUGE company)

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess internal marketing/videos
    Less of a political environment

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

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    A great experience and enjoyed the team and technical work environment.

    ETL Backend Tester (Current Employee)
    Wilmington, DE

    ProsGot well together, amazing infrastructure and amazing team support. Flexibility in timings. Wonderful learning experience. Great platform to exhibit self ingrained skills.

    Conssome challenges i have encountered here is I took a little of time for me to first catch hold of the financial sector and its intricacies.

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

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    awesome

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosamazing place to work, fun environment

    Consnone that i could possibly thing of

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    Worst management

    Event Manager (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsIf you are a consultant, great place to work

    ConsTerrible management. Unrealistic expectations for employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementOf you rate employees on expectations, management should live up to those expectations themselves

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

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