Barclays Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
586 Reviews
3.0
586 Reviews
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Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins
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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 19 reviews)

  • There have been increased senior management changes in recent years (in 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    Summer internship at Barclays

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere. Nice managers

    Cons

    No open source code. Do no use latest technology,

  2.  

    All the care about is making money - even by breaking the FCA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Personal Banker in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Personal Banker in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    People you work with at your own level.

    Cons

    Must sell insurance and account paying fees even if customer clearly don't need it. Otherwise you are down graded and lose pay rise via lower marking AND you are mentioned as a poor performer in front of your colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go by the Government guidelines. Face the fact and challenge the difficulties, don't just brush poor performers to one side or promote/move

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Time to leave barcap

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Used to be a good place to work with smart people, although it went nose down after the libor news

    Cons

    The entire place git Really messed up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Bank in a state of flux

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Excellent talent to work with and a vast array of products to sell. Working with management side by side truly helps get you involved in the banks plans as a whole and what direction they are going.

    Cons

    The talent is all leaving, either voluntarily or being forced out and what is led i'm not sure will be a sustainable institution for very long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Political

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Vice President in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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

    Pros

    long maternity leave i didn't benefit from,

    Cons

    highly bureaucratic, political, ppl only work on the own personal agenda, long hours,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Experience at Company -- not good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Projects 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together before this company collapses and your careers are destroyed.

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

    Respect the person and not the job role

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst, Information Technology in Knutsford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst, Information Technology in Knutsford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Working with a global workforce
    Potential for training
    Potential for progression
    Lots to learn

    Cons

    Too much politics
    Issues (widespread) take too long to get resolved due to the amount of teams normally needed to be involved.
    Unable to accommodate flexible working
    Inconsistent following of policies
    Get fobbed off when you actually have an issue
    Inability to commit to long term plans.
    Very over managed within the role
    Push back on following processes correctly.
    Too much to learn about - makes it difficult to easily share knowledge in team and external to team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that a colleague doesn't need to be subjected to

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awful, do not come here

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Money is good, Canary Wharf is pleasant, there are some good individuals

    Cons

    The worst kind of investment bankers, especially in IT... Team work is unheard of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shut down... The place is toxic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Absolutely terrible

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    Former Employee - Customer Advisor in Middlesbrough, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Advisor in Middlesbrough, England (UK)

    I worked at Barclays full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's nice to say you work for a top bank

    Cons

    They almost seem to target Managers for sacking people. Terrible environment. Charge people for a cup of tea. No flexibility regarding sickness - 3 strikes and you're out. Use of poor recruitment agencies, so people coming onboard were useless.... where should I end this list - I could keep going for hours?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Firstsource - your customers are your income stream, and they are mismanaging their accounts. Your Managers leave confidential documents lying around the building. Your employees live under constant threat of redundancy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    The worst experience I have ever had in my life

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Personal Banker in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Personal Banker in Liverpool, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The paid me on time and sometimes early if it was a weekend but the staff incentives for having accounts had been lowered over the years.

    Cons

    Bullying managers at branch level.I almost had a breakdown due to the pressure put on me.Targets and profits is all they are interested in.Even when it was raised as high as I could go nothing changed.I met some great people who had suffered at the hand of this this "go to bank."variation management" is another word for measuring your sales targets. The new moral high ground which was supposed to change the whole bank has not changed a thing.My friends who still work there are the people I feel really bad for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Call sales targets what they are, consider rooting out the bad sales type mangers who have little or no management skills other then threatening to put you on an improvement plan if you don't sell more, Treat your staff better and the staff would be more productive.There is an underlying culture of fear and the behinds the scenes back patting is evident to everybody who works there.You tend to hire people based on who you like and the politics involved.The new moral code you have will be useless if you don't root out the large percentage of the management who seek to protect themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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