Barclays
3.1 of 5 501 reviews
www.barclays.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Barclays Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.1 501 reviews

                             

71% Approve of the CEO

Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins

Antony Jenkins

(144 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Some good people amidst a sea of people who've checked out; good work life balance"
    in 43 reviews
  • "Flexible work from home, multiple network of mentors"
    in 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "no work life balance, no transparent perfomance rating system"
    in 17 reviews
  • "There have been increased senior management changes in recent years"
    in 22 reviews
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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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    Sad demise of Barclays

    Personal Banker (Former Employee)
    Birmingham, England (UK)

    ProsLocal to where I live,good part time hours,wonderful customers.

    ConsCompany values have disappeared over the many years I worked for Barclays.I gave my all and they gave nothing back not even respect for my 38 years service.Not even a 'Happy retirement ' or 'Goodbye ' card.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecome Human beings again and realise staff are Human beings too that have a life outside Barclays.Make Barclays a place to work that the staff can feel proud of and that is respected by customers.Put customer service first not sales like it used to be.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great! however was cut short due to company budget/job cuts!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsREAL worklife balance and committed to employee's welfare!

    ConsNothing really minus the budget/job cuts!

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a friendly atmosphere. If you like no life and money, heres the job for you

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe experience and knowledge was great to learn

    ConsThe team never acted like a team. Don't get too friendly with the others just act professional

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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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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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and career prospects. Below market average pay. Good culture and peer support. Continuous professional development supported and encouraged.

    ConsHierarchical. Can be political and internally focussed. Very heavy governance and compliance requirements. Numerous reputation and legacy issues remain unresolved.

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    Very busy times with a lot of technical change delivery

    I T (Former Employee)

    ProsPlenty to get involved in with good technical innovation and a friendly working environment. Performance management driven with staff reward based on performance. Good set of ethical values for a financial institution.

    ConsPoor project management and team silos. Too much red tape and brick walls are put in your way to hinder getting the job done rather than working as an extended team.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognise the good people and practices.

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

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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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    A truly awful culture; political, blame, "jobs for the boys/girls" - avoid at all costs

    Director, Operations (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsMoney - they have to pay high end to get anyone to work there
    Benefits - the pension, insurance and stock options are pretty good
    mmmm that's it

    ConsSenior Management know they are fighting a losing cause so surround themselves with "yes" people and pull up the drawbridge.
    Presentee-ism culture - and backward looking - they block the use of Social media in this day and age!!!
    Execution driven and cant stick to a plan, strategy...analysis and forward thinking are non existent
    Huge distrust between Management and middle ranks
    There own self defined definition of "Talent" is "The top 200" or "SLG" - nothing else matters and forget the notion of talent rising through the ranks - they just buy in at the top. Even supported by what is well known to be the worst HR Management in FTSE.
    CEO is slowly smothering the cash cow Investment Bank rather that re-structure the company properly.
    The "culture change" programme has been a flop - C suite think by "sheep dipping" 100,000 employees through a 2 hour culture session it will change the company's culture!!!
    Have a look at the Salz Review and see how Barclays has missed nearly every target set for sustainable change

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a vision that isn't just about appeasing regulators and stick to it!
    Value and understand your people - you just don't and the current HR are incapable of this.
    Change your HRLT; they are a laughing stock in the City and climbing over each other to curry favour with C suite rather than attract, retain, develop and reward Talent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Contracting and culture not changing

    Director (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsScale and opportunity to do different things

    ConsActions do not match words when talk of values and changing culture. Workforce treated as resources in a short termist way rather than long term partners in achieving the corporate goals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink beyond this budget in your planning and how you treat staff.

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