Barclays Reviews

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
568 Reviews
3.0
568 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 56 reviews)

  • Flexible work from home, multiple network of mentors (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Transfers are very rarely given to help staff in work/life balance unless you are management (in 18 reviews)

  • There have been increased senior management changes in recent years (in 25 reviews)

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  1.  

    Experience at Company -- not good

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    • 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 for 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
  2.  

    A great experience and enjoyed the team and technical work environment.

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    Current Employee - ETL Backend Tester  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - ETL Backend Tester in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at Barclays part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Got well together, amazing infrastructure and amazing team support. Flexibility in timings. Wonderful learning experience. Great platform to exhibit self ingrained skills.

    Cons

    some challenges i have encountered here is I took a little of time for me to first catch hold of the financial sector and its intricacies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    awesome

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    amazing place to work, fun environment

    Cons

    none that i could possibly thing of

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  5.  

    Worst management

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    Former Employee - Event Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Event Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Barclays full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you are a consultant, great place to work

    Cons

    Terrible management. Unrealistic expectations for employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Of you rate employees on expectations, management should live up to those expectations themselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ehhhh.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Most of the people I have met are very helpful. Great health benefits, 401k match.

    Cons

    Promotion process is unclear and completely different depending on the area of the bank you work in. There are seemingly people with titles who shouldn't have them as they don't do anything, or know what you would expect them to know for having that title. Executive management does not appear to have a pulse on all the negative sentiment that exists internally. Not a fun place to work. Direct mgmt seemingly doesn't care about it's staff. It's not a growing company, it's a shrinking one. No raises for years. Seemingly impossible to get an interview internally without knowing someone. HR is the worst. They are slow to respond: to queries, job submissions, etc. completely unhelpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs a complete overhaul. All the money spent paying McKinnsey for the review has seemingly been wasted for the moment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok when Bob D used to run things. It has fallen apart after his departure.

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    • 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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good internal mobility
    Good international mobility

    Cons

    Terrible pay
    People paying too much attention to how long you've been away from your desk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less of the "values" and "go-to bank", more about how to make money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Technology Analyst

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    Current Employee - Analyst, Information Technology  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst, Information Technology in New York, NY

    I have been working at Barclays full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice work-life balance.
    Definite opportunity for growth.
    Exposure to wide array of technologies.

    Cons

    Not very tech-oriented.
    Management is set in their ways.
    Scope for innovation in technology is limited.

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

    Not typical IB bank

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Relatively reasonable work hours as compared to other IB banks

    Cons

    Too big
    Does not pay
    Used to promote, now the policy changed. No promotions anymore

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many policy changes from manageement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very political, moral is in the dumps

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

    I worked at Barclays full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Large investment bank
    Looks good on the resume
    Good place to start
    Work/life balance

    Cons

    Very political
    Moral is rough
    Hard to see your value (HUGE company)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less internal marketing/videos
    Less of a political environment

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

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Barclays full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Challenging work, intelligent colleagues, great benefits

    Cons

    Outdated technology, limited developer control, unstable management and business units

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm obviously biased, but I think the banks should shift some of their focus away from traditional business units and look to excel technically. They risk losing talent otherwise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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