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Barclays Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
547 Reviews

3.0
547 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 50 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 24 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good managers who take the time to teach you the ropes, but sometimes there is a lack of initiative taken.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company, Canary Wharf is an accessible place

    Cons

    Sometimes the upward mobility can be tough

  2.  

    Corporate, lots of regulation, too many formalities/paperwork to get things done

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    Pros

    Smart driven people in front office functions
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Like most banks heavily hampered by new regulation
    Some people in support roles (middle/back office) can be difficult to work with - uncooperative, unmotivated, restricted by policies and procedures
    Systems are bad, getting better, but very slowly

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Culture

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

    Pros

    Very helpful people and very motivated lot of people

    Cons

    due to current economic conditions, the bonuses allotted may differ from year to year

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Too big too fast

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Jersey City, NJ

    Pros

    Some good people amidst a sea of people who've checked out; good work life balance

    Cons

    Too many systems and the compensation system is flawed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the incompetent. Pay your good people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    DIRECTOR

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

    Pros

    great environment to work but too political

    Cons

    COMPENSATION LOW RWA IS KILLING THE BUSINESS

  7.  

    Good learning experience

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    Current Employee - Office Manager  in  Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Boca Raton, FL

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary matches experience

    Cons

    Company is more concerned with bottom line then people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in good people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Management does not care about work life balance and your career is determined by managers' internal politics

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    Pros

    Can provide a decent (not great) learning platform

    Cons

    incumbent people, politics, blatant disregard of anyone below management and low pay despite tough working conditions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please try to be more aware of how things are managed and employees paid below the MD level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK place to work to get mobile application development experience.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President Developer  in  Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President Developer in Plano, TX

    Pros

    I work in the technology center in Plano, TX. If you want Mobile development experience on android and iOS phone/tablet, this is the place to go. Be aware that 90% of the development staff and 100% of the management staff are Indian, as Shygan brought over his entire management team from Verizon when he got the job as CTO at Barclays, and they brought over all their friends.

    Cons

    No promotion potential if you work in the technology center in Plano, TX. If you have a burning need to feel that you are part of a team, this is not the place to be. The Indian management team has their favorites, and most meetings are conducted in their native language (not English). But if you are OK working solo, and you are agressive enough to get your questions answered so you can do your job, the mobile dev experience will help you move up in terms of your career path with another company. Also, be aware that the CTO Shygan recently departed, and their are rumors that the US tech center may be shut down by the parent company in England.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you intend to keep the Plano Technology center open in the US, take a hard look at replacing some of the management team that Shygan brought over with a few American's. Meetings and technical discussions should be conducted in English, and time allowed for translation to those team members who may not have as good an understanding of English. Conducting technical meetings in another language makes it hard for those non-Indian team members to participate and to do their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    work from home capability... when you're sick

    Cons

    management, hours, pay, terrible bonus

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

    Decent work place but not a pay master

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. Able to manage work from home very regularly. Good pay which may be in line with companies like Citi or Morgan.

    Cons

    Senior management is not too strong. You don't get too much paid even if you work 15 hours a day. Simply they will add 7 to 10k bonus more for your extra efforts. so its not really worth to spend too much of time for less than 1000$ amount every month perhaps do what you can in your 8 hours. Very conservative management and company is not a pay master but you will get good pay but not too good or excellent pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sr management should treat hard working staff properly not with extra 5k more bonus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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