Barclays Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Stratified and Compartmentalized Roles

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    • 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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Corporate is concerned about doing "the right thing in the right way". There is a lot of oversight and therefore the chance of making a significant blunder is infinitesimally small. The people are friendly, very bright and curious.

    Cons

    Everything is compartmentalized. For security, data, operations or job, information and the dissemination is very tightly controlled. Inefficiency is the result.

    Advice to Management

    Decouple sensitive (secure) from creative. Support employees to do wild and crazy things where it won't impact operations.

  2. Bank is shrinking from relevanace

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The bank has a Team Culture

    Cons

    Excessive middle management
    Insular company - didn't work well outside its defined boundaries unlike some companies who push their boundaries

    Advice to Management

    The decision making became like cement try to move beyond the damage

  3. Helpful (1)

    Technology is a mess

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Wilmington, DE

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    4 weeks vacation
    6% company match to the 401k
    Decent work/life balance for some

    Cons

    Technology is a mess and getting worse by the day. The CIO is trying and failing to turn the place around.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.

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  5. Horrible moral

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Not a sweatshop environment like a GS

    Cons

    Unmotivated team, no growth, talent attrition

  6. Your typical desk job in Finance or Tech in Finance

    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good pay
    decent hours in tech

    Cons

    culture lacking in some areas
    layoffs occuring recently

  7. Great experience out of college

    Former Employee - Graduate Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    Worked with a great variety of people over three years. Built a solid foundation of skills which will help me in my career and was a great preparation for business school.

    Cons

    I'm not sure how the career trajectory looks. There were frequent rounds of layoffs and the morale was low.

  8. Great culture

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work-life balance, culture, diverse workforce

    Cons

    career progression, decision making impacted by large size of company

  9. Overall good experience.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Large bank spanning all financial products. People were smart and hard working. Office location is in Times Square.

    Cons

    Had 6 week training prior to starting as an associate. Rotated through three groups prior to picking my group of choice.

  10. Business analyst

    • 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance, steady pace of work

    Cons

    Not proactive,top down communication is less

    Advice to Management

    NA

  11. A sinking ship whose managers have lost decency

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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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

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