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Barclays Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
255 Reviews
3.0
255 Reviews
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Pros
  • Some good people amidst a sea of people who've checked out; good work life balance (in 60 reviews)

  • Work environment is average, it's comparable to other large banks (in 23 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 28 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very hierachical

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Good solid name well respected

    Cons

    Too many people focussed on win careers

  2.  

    Typical large corporate environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Starting salaries and package tends to be good.
    Lots of internal opportunities.
    Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Very political culture.
    Masses of bureaucracy make it very difficult to get things done.
    Very poorly defined processes make the organisation very inefficient.
    While starting salaries tend to be good, increases over time are poor.
    Job satisfaction is low, as is morale.
    Communication is very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the operating model.
    Improve access to information.
    Empower the workforce.
    Change the political culture.
    Communicate more effectively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent- very good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Great development opportunities, great training and courses, strong values

    Cons

    Pay compared to other is not as good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good while it lasted, chaos at the end ...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    It's British & headquarters in London, which has advantages if you are based in London.
    Can be interesting

    Cons

    Most difficult place to get anything done of any place I've worked - big or small. Big negative outlooks from individuals.
    Poor HR
    Pay has got weaker comparatively

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a strategy and stick to it.
    When doing redundancies, don't just get rid of anyone who questions or thinks. You are turning into a 'Yes-man' shop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent on your CV

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Personal Banker in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Personal Banker in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great company, great brand. will get you far within your career.. just not within Barclays.

    Cons

    Slow progression. To much "politics" in branch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up.

  7.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good values embedded throughout the organisation

    Cons

    Salaries appear somewhat below market rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries to stay competitive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tough culture, not so friendly

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HRBP in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - HRBP in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Barclays full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some smart people to work with, good culture to fix problems, great offices in Central London

    Cons

    HR Leadership team not really living the values, not collegiate culture, seem to go round in circles doing the same things

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out your HR Leadership team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs to concentrate on its core business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Has a very high proportion of bright people, probably the best I have worked with.
    Office is in a great location.

    Cons

    The bank spends an inordinate amount of money in developing 'features' which it thinks are innovative and that a major bank needs to do. There is no financial discipline behind these developments. This is incredibly disheartening.

    The company actively promotes challenge, which seems to be interpreted by people as 'put obstacles in everyone's way'. Incredibly frustrating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the core business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Barclays review

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and Benefits are very strong

    Cons

    Scale of Organisation makes it diffcult to effect change

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great bank but badly managed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Head of Department in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Head of Department in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Really good people working in this entity

    Cons

    Salary, global strategy and leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A Bank can not be managed with short term strategy. Hope that with the new SIF requirement this is going to improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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