Barclays Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Some good people amidst a sea of people who've checked out; good work life balance (in 60 reviews)

  • Work environment is average, it's comparable to other large banks (in 23 reviews)

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

  • There have been increased senior management changes in recent years (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Awesome organization to work for!

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    Former Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    Small Business environment - Very friendly

    Cons

    Small portfolio with large support group for the size of the portfolio

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great internal mobility if you work hard. Good pay if you make overtime as well.

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    Former Employee - Operation Analyst
    Former Employee - Operation Analyst

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    Great office in Times Square. Building is nice. Great resume builder as well.

    Cons

    Getting to know the many different departments in the organization. Bonuses have been nonexistent the past few years. Only make money in overtime if you're not front office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give actual bonuses to operations employees. Have quicker promotions and hire back bob diamond. The bank used to run a lot better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Never-ending bad news, layoffs = bad morale

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

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Compared to other investment banks, decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Since the bank announced last May that the investment bank will be shedding 7000 jobs, the mood has been bad. Morale is poor. Annual rankings force each manager to classify 10-20% of their direct reports as "needs improvement". Anybody that gets this ranking is let go. In other words, every manager has to let go of people every year.
    The number of scandals and regulatory issues Barclays is currently involves with is embarrassing and depressing.
    Bonuses were laughable or nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the value the Investment Bank brings to the business.
    Stop blaming prior management for all current problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Bank is shrinking from relevanace

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The bank has a Team Culture

    Cons

    Excessive middle management
    Insular company - didn't work well outside its defined boundaries unlike some companies who push their boundaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The decision making became like cement try to move beyond the damage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. things are getting worse

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    good work/life balance, nice people

    Cons

    can't keep good people, compensation no increase over years

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7. Horrible moral

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Not a sweatshop environment like a GS

    Cons

    Unmotivated team, no growth, talent attrition

  8. Muscial Chairs part 2.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Benefits are ok. Will match on charity contribution.

    Cons

    Bit of a body shop. Has a tendency to burn thru people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Heavy on the Senior Management, need to sweep out the cobwebs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Stratified and Compartmentalized Roles

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Corporate is concerned about doing "the right thing in the right way". There is a lot of oversight and therefore the chance of making a significant blunder is infinitesimally small. The people are friendly, very bright and curious.

    Cons

    Everything is compartmentalized. For security, data, operations or job, information and the dissemination is very tightly controlled. Inefficiency is the result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decouple sensitive (secure) from creative. Support employees to do wild and crazy things where it won't impact operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Your typical desk job in Finance or Tech in Finance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    good pay
    decent hours in tech

    Cons

    culture lacking in some areas
    layoffs occuring recently

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. Overall good experience.

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    Former Employee - Investment Banker in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Banker in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Large bank spanning all financial products. People were smart and hard working. Office location is in Times Square.

    Cons

    Had 6 week training prior to starting as an associate. Rotated through three groups prior to picking my group of choice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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