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Barclays Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
670 Reviews
3.0
670 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 60 reviews)

  • Work environment is average, it's comparable to other large banks (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • We had to do overtime everyday so work/life balance was no so good (in 20 reviews)

  • There have been increased senior management changes in recent years (in 28 reviews)

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  1.  

    Intense, interesting, political

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Inclusive atmosphere, nice people, challenging tasks.

    Cons

    Managing upwards, political, current "transitory period" introduces noise in terms of direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus of scarce resources on important value-adding tasks - it will make people feel they are actually contributing and the efficiency will be increased.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Skilled Acquired in Barclays

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    skills will highly be developed since people around are skilled enough to tackle high severity issues

    Cons

    workload sometimes go beyond of what you expect, but this opens a greater opportunity to learn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I happy with Barclays and I fully support the decisions of my superiors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very hierachical

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

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Good solid name well respected

    Cons

    Too many people focussed on win careers

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  5.  

    Typical large corporate environment

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

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

    Pros

    Starting salaries and package tends to be good.
    Lots of internal opportunities.
    Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Very political culture.
    Masses of bureaucracy make it very difficult to get things done.
    Very poorly defined processes make the organisation very inefficient.
    While starting salaries tend to be good, increases over time are poor.
    Job satisfaction is low, as is morale.
    Communication is very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the operating model.
    Improve access to information.
    Empower the workforce.
    Change the political culture.
    Communicate more effectively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The job content is varied and the training is great value.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    On the job training is great value and exposure to variety .

    Cons

    Company values are decentralised and are basically the values of your immediate superior.Their idea of a hierarchy is akin to the army leaving you to the mercy of your line manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have interviews and conversations across levels to gauge the application of the company values.

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

    Full of red tape and levels of management

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

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    Job security, work life balance

    Cons

    too much management and hard to climb the ladder, quite a boring workplace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to improve the culture as it seems extremely dull

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

    depends on management

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

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    good employee benefits. eg medical and dental

    Cons

    slow to react to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A good international company to work at

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Madrid (Spain)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    International projects with a wide range of infrastructure assets

    Cons

    Too many teams dealing with same assets without a clear pov.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A sinking ship whose managers have lost decency

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

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

    Pros

    The company offers free coffee and tea. Colleagues are cooperative in general. Manager is hardworking as the staff. The CEO seems to want right ship and create a moral atmosphere after some scandals.

    Cons

    The company is struggling to keep talent because of multiple rounds of layoffs. Managers have a tough time choosing who to get rid of. They sometimes make the unsavory choices based on favoritism. The manager treated his employees with decency only when pressuring them to deliver projects and did not give credit where credit was due after the projects were delivered successfully. The bank's pay is below average compared to other banks in the i-bank business, to put it generously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try your best to keep the talent. Fairness and decency are basic values that any company must follow to achieve success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Sales Out Door

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

    I worked at Barclays full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    good work environment
    Great team work
    maintating to develop staff

    Cons

    Some of Process and procedures
    Marketing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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