Barclays Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins
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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. compliance officer

    Current Employee - Compliance Officer in Summit, NJ
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer in Summit, NJ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company, some great people, the learning and skills classes and meetings available is great.

    Cons

    Lot of new employees that feel they do not need to comply with written policies

    Advice to Management

    Transparency is great but be truthfull to all levels about where company is moving


  2. Big bank gives you access to next interview fairly easily but payout is terrible.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst, Information Technology in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst, Information Technology in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great manager in the technology team that I've worked with for three years, caring colleague who would guide you through difficult times or picking up new things.

    Cons

    Payout is terrible, don't expect a fat check or a huge jump in your salary, too much corporate bureacracy. But personal experiences does vary.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your junior people, and be transparent in the game of promotion.


  3. Technology Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great working environment. Opportunity to work with talented and success oriented individuals. Opportunity to work with agile-driven teams.

    Cons

    High rate of management changes creates a sense of uneasiness towards long term commitments of the firm to its employees

    Advice to Management

    Improve hiring retention rates of employees.


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  5. Vp

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President, Compliance in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President, Compliance in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Get to learn a lot from people with various backgrounds.

    Cons

    Lots of layers and bureaucracy. High turnover and lots of uncertainty with all of the litigation.

    Advice to Management

    Clearer communication from mngmt needed.


  6. Good work/life balance; management needs a clear direction

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal in New York, NY

    I have been working at Barclays

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance; no face time; personally have a great manager who is very accommodating; people are generally respectful to you; very few jerks

    Cons

    Very uncertain future w/ top management; kind of a malaise has set in amongst the workers as management strategy keeps veering from one form to another; people are heading for the exit due to the foregoing; working in NY office means always being ruled by London

    Advice to Management

    Get a clear strategy, move forward and execute. Feels as if the firm has been dithering since Bob Diamond left.


  7. Great Company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Interview is simply and standardized

    Cons

    Interview is simply and standardized. A great company to work for.


  8. Helpful (7)

    Going downhill fast, has potential if it turns around quickly.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    *Some* good work if you find yourself in one of the very few areas the organization is prepared to fund.

    Cons

    Organization is going downhill. Qualified and knowledgeable staff are leaving, senior management are focusing in cost over any other metric. Obsessive outsourcing to low-cost centers and refusal to hire in high-cost locations are ripping apart teams and severely impacting ability to deliver. The business can't rely on IT to deliver solutions and major incidents happen on an almost daily basis. Firm is about as anti-meritocratic as you can get, promoting those in minority groups over ability.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the bullsh!t. Learn from your peers. Outsourcing isn't a universal solution. Listen to your business, invest in your people and be honest to your staff.


  9. Barclays

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Professional people with great experience that you can learn from if you position yourself correctly. Wide array of people from various backgrounds.

    Cons

    Lack of meritocracy is pretty obvious, nepotism is the name of the game. easy to see that projects are rushed without truly thinking of where the platform/firm should be in 5 years. Turnover is something on another level.

    Advice to Management

    Management should be completely removed. It seems that the firm is actually in the process of doing this...Antony Jenkins has recently been removed by unanimous decision by the board. I would assume more heads will be rolling


  10. Barclays

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Demarest, NJ
    Current Employee - Vice President in Demarest, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Getting exposed to many different areas made me a more well rounded individual

    Cons

    There needs to be more work life balance


  11. HR

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    collaborative, internal opportunities, perks, good people and pay

    Cons

    A lot of turnover and changes, management has changed numerous times



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