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Barclays Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
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3.1 522 reviews

70% Approve of the CEO

Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins

Antony Jenkins

(154 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Human Resources Analyst (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsIt provided me a great global exposure

    ConsThere are no Benefits - health, paid leaves etc.

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

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    Android Developer Contract

    Software Developer (Former Employee) Plano, TX

    ProsGood colleagues, good work life balance

    ConsBureaucratic style, No growth, No contract to full time chance

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very lucky experience with my team

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe structure of the Finance Graduate Program was ideal for a first job out of school, providing a well-rounded training curriculum and an opportunity to learn about all the different areas within in Finance. I can say that there was a recognition of the higher-performing graduate analysts, and that they were rewarded with the placements they sought out.

    ConsThere is a lack of true cohesion among all teams not only inter-departmentally, but also within Finance itself. Many teams seek to "protect" themselves rather than all constructively work together toward a greater purpose. Collective morale also took a big blow with all the high, senior-level misdeeds and the associated bad press.

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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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    Head of Latin American Interest Rate and FX Valuations

    Vice President (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsYou're pretty much left alone to direct your own career

    ConsExtremely limited opportunities within the firm. Can't keep its name out of the news

    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 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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    Experience at Company -- not good

    Assistant Vice President (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsLaid back. Great events. Good compensation - ask for a good starting salary because it won't be changing once in.

    ConsProjects are constantly put on hold. Managers have no experience. It's all about who you know and no one does any work except for the people who have their visa sponsored. Everyone is in fear of losing their job all the time in most groups.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your act together before this company collapses and your careers are destroyed.

    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

     

    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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