Barclays Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
561 Reviews
3.0
561 Reviews
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Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins
Antony Jenkins
177 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some good people amidst a sea of people who've checked out; good work life balance (in 50 reviews)

  • Flexible work from home, multiple network of mentors (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Transfers are very rarely given to help staff in work/life balance unless you are management (in 18 reviews)

  • There have been increased senior management changes in recent years (in 24 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Interned at Barclays for the summer

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Barclays as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Work with A-list clients on headline deals, great culture, helpful colleagues

    Cons

    Exposure to management limited, career development not very highly valued, you feel like another cog in the wheel, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your junior employees more, they do the grunt work for you; pay more or you'll lose the best of the best to the boutiques

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Company is doing OK

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

    I have been working at Barclays full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    NYC. HEart of times square. Work life balance

    Cons

    Bureaucratic. Groupism. Pay does not depend on performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Aight

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    Work environment is average, it's comparable to other large banks. They have great holiday parties. THere are opportunities for advancement but you may be required to relocate.

    Cons

    The may make promises in the hiring decision and not follow through with them. Be careful if you are promised the moon.

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  5.  

    Good company, Good place to start career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays as an intern

    Pros

    Good place to start career

    Cons

    Recently Budget cut, lower bonus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager
    Former Employee - Branch Manager

    I worked at Barclays full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you have potential be assured that you will be promoted. Great leadership team who nurture you to become the best.

    Cons

    Changing culture has made it difficult to some staff. No consistent follow through.Salary range is terrible. Feel very underpaid and therefore overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change salary Structure. Make better policies for performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    High and Lows

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President, Human Resources  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President, Human Resources in New York, NY

    I worked at Barclays full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Really talented and all-around great people (for now).

    Cons

    Very political - progress is slow and changes are usually too little too late. Lots of turnover - losing good talent due to frustration with the organization. HR promotion process makes no sense - is not based on meritocracy and contributions - and compensation is weak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just focus on cost-cutting and creating efficiencies - foster a company culture that makes people feel valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Relaxed environment in ops dept

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    Former Employee - Operations Analyst  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Barclays full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Relax, no pressure, relatively good pay and benifits

    Cons

    Career path unclear. Aggressive outsourcing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many scandals happened recently

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Barclays as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    It provided me a great global exposure

    Cons

    There are no Benefits - health, paid leaves etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Time to leave barcap

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    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Barclays full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Used to be a good place to work with smart people, although it went nose down after the libor news

    Cons

    The entire place git Really messed up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Demotivating and uninspiring

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President IT  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President IT in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Barclays full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Company has a lot of good people working internally. Great skillsets and good personalities, talented as well. Great place to hang out at if you don't like doing much work or accomplishing much of anything. Pay is decent, but below market rate for location.

    Cons

    Lack of ability to get anything done. Everything is rule by committee and unless you're Director level or above, no one listens to nor cares for your opinion, no matter your level of expertise. Dual-headed teams engenders competition and lack of clear direction inhibits progress. Promotion is done via good ole boys network and grading for reviews is done on a curve; one person must receive a poor grade even when undeserved. If you're not in the UK, your opinion does not matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of playing politics, focus on listening to people and enabling success. Stop grading on a curve and start focusing on doing things, versus not rocking the boat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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