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Dynamic company, with a global view

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

I have been working at Barclays full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

global company, with a very pro-active approach. Not bureaucratic, really aims to achieve and focus on high impact work. Easy to move around internally.

Cons

Very global work force, sometimes teams are speed across many time zones, so team work can be challenging. As the environment is fast paced, governance within the team can be limited.

Advice to Management

Documentation and governance is not a sexy endeavour, but is important to maintain within teams, esp when there is turnover of staff. It means not reinventing the wheel too often.

Other Employee Reviews for Barclays

  1. Motivating and Cooperative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Developer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The folks here in the firm are committed to delivering quality business to our clients (internally or externally). Everyone is pretty much focused on getting the results and achieving the projects that were set up.

    Cons

    Quality of certain employees are lacklustre. The lack of quality in certain departments are a stumbling block for the firm as some departments who wishes to drive the firm forward are tugged behind by these departments.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and retain quality people (especially those with knowledge, drive and grew up with the company) instead of hiring mass but low quality employees.


  2. Chaotic and poorly managed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Content Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Web Content Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The salary/bonus was pretty good, although not exactly stand-out from companies outside the financial sector. My immediate colleagues in the team were a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Senior management are pretty much wholly disengaged from the staff who actually do the work, which leads to very poor choices when it comes to systems, processes and restructures. Few such developments had a positive impact on an individual or team basis, as they were imposed from above with little to know dialogue or engagement beforehand. Communication was generally really bad. It tended to improve for a short while after this was highlighted, but then returned to what it was like before. Key things such as external training in new skills, which were vaunted in the interview, failed to materialise (budget constraints were often cited, despite the bank making billions in profit each quarter). Instead, what was offered was the absolute bare minimum – largely focussed around 'internal training'. This boiled down to overworked staff being leaned on to share their skills with others. Hardly ideal. Resourcing and hiring were very problematic – the demands being placed upon the team were increasing significantly, and group-wide headcount freezes meant that no new additional permanent staff could be hired. Instead, they ended up spending significantly more on short-term contractors to bridge the gap. Even for a bank, the amount of bureaucracy and time involved to progress things was staggering. There was a general obsession with regard to which 'grade' you are – the extent of this is something I've only ever encountered at Barclays. These are, rather obliquely, B5, B6, B7 and SX (senior exec). You quickly get to know your place. Restructures within the wider business happened with surprising regularity – almost as if the senior execs need to justify their existence. Often, they had little very impact. We just shifted from being under one overarching division to another.

    Advice to Management

    Engage with your staff, first and foremost. Significant increases in resourcing and attention to staff welfare would be required if you want to stem the haemorrhaging of dedicated and capable employees.


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