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Barclays Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
607 Reviews
3.1
607 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 57 reviews)

  • Work environment is average, it's comparable to other large banks (in 22 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 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 (more than an 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
  2.  

    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
  3. 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 (more than an 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
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  5.  

    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 (more than an 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
  6.  

    avoid

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    beats being unemployed in the current job market

    Cons

    Very stratified. Very British. If you are not in London, expect to be the last to know about any changes. Bank doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up. You are only as good as what you did yesterday.

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

    Used to be place to work at

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Still sizable but with all the talent going else where.
    Can't think of anything else...

    Cons

    Horrible communication by management.
    CEO that has been put in by regulators in UK to do Lehman acquisition
    Impossible to get promoted these days
    Other banks will eat BCS lunch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what is right for the firm.
    Grow some kahunas and stand up to overreaching regulators, remember Barclays didn't need a bailout.

  8.  

    Company review

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, perks are ok, not the best dental, just increased maternity leave in the US to 4 weeks. Company takes a lot of effort in providing various courses and training for human capital development.

    Cons

    Low compensation leads to best people leaving the company, especially in the investment bank. US division must comply to both US and UK regulatory rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best human capital needs to be rewarded properly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Poor work culture

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    Current Employee - Mobile Developer in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Mobile Developer in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    This place is good if you want to gain some banking experience. The projects are led by a competent technical team in the UK.

    Cons

    The work environment here is not too good. Basically the entire management here is from Verizon. It is a pretty well known fact that Verizon has pretty bad reputation in the Dallas region as far as work culture goes. Its pretty much the same here.

    This place has way too many redundant managers who seem to have gotten here just because they were all friends with each other at Verizon. The main management for the projects is in the UK which does a good job of maintaining a process. The Plano center mainly develops the requirements passed down from the UK, it does not have projects of its own. The managers here have zero control over the timelines, deliverables, new features, etc.This also means that this place is at the mercy of a projects from the UK. This has resulted in many layoffs recently as a result of there being less work and budget cuts. They are now also outsourcing most of the work to TCS in India. This is not the best place to be for job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management team needs to be overhauled. More emphasis needs to be given to coming up with better processes to make the job of developers more predictable. Managers should be more open about things instead of being secretive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Not what I expected

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Flexible work from home, multiple network of mentors

    Cons

    Consistent ineffective strategy management, low compensation to talent ratio

    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Lehman legacy.. A lot of areas to grow

    Cons

    European based ... all top managers are from UK.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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