Barclays Reviews

Updated September 4, 2015
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Barclays Executive Chairman John McFarlane
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Pros
  • Easy to manage Work life balance (in 60 reviews)

  • A steady work environment with some really good people (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • We had to do overtime everyday so work/life balance was no so good (in 20 reviews)

  • Senior management were dictatorial (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Awesome Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global QA Test Lead in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Global QA Test Lead in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    Provides a lot of opportunity especially internal mobility - locally and regionally. I was able to get my Green Card through Barclays. They really support their staff if you work well for them.

    Cons

    Its hard to get a VP or Director promotion especially for minority women. There are a lot of leadership layers.


  2. Great Group; Good culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great culture- intense when it needed to be, goofy at other times

    Cons

    Long hours and bad work life balance


  3. Too british focused, not enough American Independence

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    Former Employee - Assistant Program Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Program Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barclays (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great reputation, diverse businesses, good on site amenities, sought after place to work at; international mobility options

    Cons

    Very focussed on London supervision, not enough independence for New York office to make their own decisions; too many fines; too much senior management turnover; not an e-verified firm

    Advice to Management

    Have more senior business people in the support side of the business (ops, tech finance and HR) in the US enabling more independent decisions to be made; reward employees with better year end compensation


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  5. Technology Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice Friendly Environment to work in

    Cons

    Not many challenging projects to work on


  6. Standard Large Investment Bank

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good working hours (9-6 typically) - Salary is good compared to friends with similar / more experience - Colleagues are friendly, sociable and knowledgeable - Regular social events - Work is challenging but not overbearing

    Cons

    - Limited Management Presence in U.S. - Heavy focus on Regulatory Deliverables - no long term improvement strategy -Uncertainly around future of US operations - Outdated technology for both systems and desktop pcs

    Advice to Management

    - Build on good colleague culture - Develop 3-5 year plans, invest in technology and keep consistent management team for an extended period - Focus cost cutting on key wastage rather than small perks for colleagues which actually make our lives better


  7. Technology Analyst

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    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Guttenberg, NJ
    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Guttenberg, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Barclays (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life Balance. Good place to start your career.

    Cons

    Lot of issues with upper management.


  8. Excellent Place to Work At

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly, Great Work Culture, Great People

    Cons

    Location, that's pretty much it


  9. The Barclays Way

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Great people on my team Big Name Bank Plenty of opportunities for transfers within company

    Cons

    Lots of "Red Tape" Rigid structure limits upward mobility. Not uncommon to see people leave and then come back in order to get a promotion

    Advice to Management

    Limit the red tape and be a little more flexible and people would be a lot happier


  10. Culture needs improvement

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Intellectual challenging fast paced global

    Cons

    Negative people that are looking after themselves a lot. Should be more team focused.


  11. Benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits, flexibility, and career growth

    Cons

    none that I can think of



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