Barclays Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
584 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some good people amidst a sea of people who've checked out; good work life balance (in 57 reviews)

  • Work environment is average, it's comparable to other large banks (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • no work life balance, no transparent perfomance rating system (in 18 reviews)

  • There have been increased senior management changes in recent years (in 26 reviews)

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  1.  

    Please get rid of the current CEO

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Summer Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Barclays as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People there are very nice. Culture is wonderful. The people in my team and my boss are very nice to work with.

    Cons

    It's in general pretty hard to find super smart people there. Trading floor is so noisy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We want Bob Diamond to come back and take charge.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not the best

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

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

    Pros

    competitive pay, great location of offices

    Cons

    lots of senior management changes

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    HR

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Experience
    Good coworkers
    Nice location with lots of food choices

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Very high depending

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  5.  

    I've been with Barclays for a year. Overall great experience. Lots of changes for the past year in the firm. It's hard to say whether it's good or not.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Barclays (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefit and friendly working environment

    Cons

    Long hours morale is not very good; Low pay and slow promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please change the CEO. He knows nothing about investment bank

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Worked at Associate level in 3 divisions across firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Seamless internal mobility process. Offers a broad range of products. Nice office space.

    Cons

    Subject to excessive regulation, target of multiple domestic and foreign investigations resulting in major fines
    Cannot compete with peers on comp; hemorrhaging talent over the last few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in infrastructure, maintain competitive comp to retain high performing employees. Communicate more focus on what businesses the firm wants to be in long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    No Clear Strategy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Documentation in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Documentation in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Compensation was competitive. The people who came from NYC to train us in Houston were great.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance. Manager had an NYC state of mind so she was not concerned with working timely and efficiently. Managers tend to micro manage and there is no consistency across teams. The benefits were just ok as far as prescription coverage I felt I paid more with Barclays. The company is behind tech wise and they are just now going through changes other banks went through years ago. They are having another relocation strategy after less than a year in Houston.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making decisions so hastily. Value people more and don't be such a stickler for days off after working people for more than 12 hours a day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Bad company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    The health insurance plans, benefits, and 401k are the best aspects of working for this this company. There is also the benefit of working around some very intelligent individuals.

    Cons

    applicable to operations teams at the company:

    Poor pay
    High stress
    Low employee morale
    Culture is very poor
    Lack of gratitude from management
    No positive reinforcement
    Only acknowledgement when there are problems
    High level of scrutiny
    Promotion process and salary increase is poor …ex: very possible that you will make less than the team you manage bc you lose overtime and the adjustment for that loss is terrible
    Inconsistent and unfair tuition reimbursement policy (discriminatory)
    No company holiday parties
    No group holiday parties
    Poor management at most levels* (there are a handful of good managers who want you to succeed, and who are willing to take time and offer advice, however, these are the minority and you must generally seek them out)
    Not somewhere to have a long career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve morale, pay better, show appreciation for the hard work of many employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Business Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Barclays full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, challenging environment, opportunity to move around (functionally and geographically)

    Cons

    Poor direction from the top, too much constant change, pay below market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick with a single started for a prolonged period

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Project Manager

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

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for professional growth

    Cons

    Bureaucratic as times which can be frustrating

  11.  

    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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