Barclays Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
555 Reviews

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Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins
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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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  1.  

    Some smart people with great intentions but there's a mountain to climb...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The talent (in the areas where you can find it) can rival that of the best banks in the City. Those who are engaged are sincere and hard-working, and there is plenty to sink your teeth into if you like a challenge and can see your value-add. Staff are friendly and want to help. CEO has also made a good start with re-emphasising core professional values at every level.

    Cons

    Staff who want to help don't know how, leaving a few people carrying a lot of the load. Better investment in resources (salary, training and career development) is needed. Although there are a lot of great ideas, there is seldom enough time given to implement; changing direction is fairly commonplace, leading to constant upheaval and a sense that management is reacting instead of planning. IT systems need better cohesion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commit to a strategy and hold SENIOR management accountable for its primary deliveries. Significantly adjust compensation structure in critical support areas relative to the rest of the bank (you are insulating the wrong people). Keep the new values in focus.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good REPUTATION for LIFE LONG WORK.....

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    Former Employee - Authorised Signatory  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Authorised Signatory in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Barclays full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent chance to gain EXPERIENCE in Foreign Exchange TRADE

    Cons

    Do not ARGUE with FOREX TRADER on the DEALING Floor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your distance from Hierachy or NO ONE WII know you !!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    My time at barclays

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    Current Employee - Senior Digital Marketing Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Digital Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Working at Barclays has so many opportunities. You never really need to leave. It also has fantastic pension, annual leave, healthcare and the pay is pretty good. The bonuses are great. It is a very comfortable place to work. It is quite easy to network and move your way around. Its very 'PC' and friendly. Social scene can be varied. People are generally out of the office by 5.30pm and your work life balance is mostly respected.

    Cons

    You have to play the game, rather than just be good at your job. There are so many people that you really have to work smart to stand out/avoid being a number. But everyone is kind and fair and so long as you work out how to play the game, the sky is the limit really. It can become quite stale with very little breadth to roles (i was there 6 years) but i enjoyed my time there and it has set my career up for the future - people really respect the name on your CV.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company to work at

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Listen, able to give feedback and chance to move in your career

    Cons

    Culture within different parts of the organisation not working together

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of opportunities to progress!!

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    Current Employee - Premier Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Premier Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great organisation with good benefits

    Cons

    Unreasonable targets at times to difficult to achieve

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Trainer for Barclays bank

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    Former Employee - Training Consultant  in  Coventry, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Training Consultant in Coventry, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great development, had no experience in training delivery but was given every chance to grow and improve my skills and abilities. My managers in this area were the best I've ever had and it is a meritocracy so hard work pays off. Development plans are clear and achievable. Very nice and well equipped training venues as well. The most tech focused bank and are way ahead of the competition in most of these areas.

    Cons

    Overly complicated management structure where sometimes common sense cannot prevail as too many people need to be involved in a task. Although it is changing, the company is still very "Silo'd" - communication between departments is something that needs to be improved. Training department goes through many phases of displacements and restructures. Annual compensation not very good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many people are quick to use regulations to justify not cooperating with what you want, there are rules in place but there should be more emphasis on what actually can be done instead of stone walling each other

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Alright for contract work

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    Current Employee - Personal Assistant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Personal Assistant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly, working hours are good

    Cons

    Got hired through an agency so I dont get the same pay and benefits that my colleges do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    a good company with lots of diverse people. good support management. share scheme is very good. lots of support form hr during iniation. senior guys know thier stuff and have worked thier way up the business

    Cons

    can be very competitve to get noticed. also hard to understand who does what becuase the company is so large. but if you are used to large corprate environments it should be fine. also good company benefits such as share scheme

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Strong company great opportunities for development and progress

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Strong culture, excellent training and great colleagues

    Cons

    Given the size of the organisation it can be a little slow to react - think oil tanker like

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    If you like pace..

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great exposure if you are willing to get around and meet people. Great head office and facilitates. Many people you meet, you will see again elsewhere.

    Cons

    Competitive environment not for everybody, but can be used as motivation if you are willing. Even seats were hard to come by when I was there..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management can connect by being seen

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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