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Barclays Overview

London, England (UK)
10000+ employees
1690
Company - Public (BARC)
Finance
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Raising the bar for global finance, Barclays owns one of Europe's largest banks, a top market-making investment bank, the top UK credit card, and an international wealth management firm. Its flagship Barclays Bank has some 1,700 branches in the UK as well as ... Read more

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Barclays – Why Work For Us?


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Our Purpose

Barclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 130,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

Barclays has undertaken a fundamental review of how our business operates. We have looked at the bank in terms of business performance and in terms of culture because we know that only a business driven by strong values can deliver strong, sustainable returns.

How we defined these

In January, as part of the Transform Programme, we announced our newly defined Purpose and Values across Barclays globally. These are fundamental to Barclays long-term success and represent the set of standards under which all of us at Barclays will work, and against which the performance of every employee will be assessed and rewarded.

Our common purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions – in the right way. We’ll measure and reward our people, not just on commercial results, but on how they live our Values and bring them to life every day. And we’ll judge our ‘Go-To’ success on a balanced scorecard of impact.

The Barclays Code of Conduct outlines the Values and Behaviours which govern our way of working across our business globally. It constitutes a reference point covering all aspects of colleagues’ working relationships, specifically (but not exclusively) with other Barclays employees, customers and clients, governments and regulators, business partners, suppliers, competitors and the broader community.

The objective is to define the way we think, work and act at Barclays to ensure we deliver against our Purpose of helping people to achieve their ambitions – in the right way.

The Barclays Way is aligned to the Code of Professional Conduct, published by the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board, which sets out the ethical and professional attitudes and behaviours expected of bankers. Barclays subscribes to this code and is committed to embedding its broad principles into our business.

Our Purpose

Helping people achieve their ambitions – in the right way.

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Respect

We respect and value those we work with, and the contribution that they make.

  • Build trust with the colleagues and partners we work with
  • Seek out alternative perspectives and put our shared interests ahead of any individual or team
  • Collaborate proactively with colleagues across all of Barclays to get the best results
  • Embrace, and seek to increase, the diversity of our organisation.

Integrity

We act fairly, ethically and openly in all we do.

  • Show the courage to do and say the right thing
  • Act in private as I do in public, and honour my commitments
  • Challenge things I believe to be wrong and be open to challenge from others
  • Be accountable for failure as well as success, and not allocate blame.

Service

We put our clients and customers at the centre of what we do.

  • Take the time to understand clients’ and customers’ needs, regardless of my role
  • Always strive to surpass clients’ and customers’ expectations
  • Create and provide solutions for clients and customers that balance the short and long term
  • In serving my clients and customers, incorporate the perspectives of all our stakeholders.

Excellence

We use our energy, skills and resources to deliver the best, sustainable results.

  • Aim for flawless delivery and learn from my mistakes
  • Take pride in both my own work and that of the team
  • Actively contribute to the performance, development and engagement of my colleagues
  • Create the environment to attract and keep the best people who share our values.

Stewardship

We are passionate about leaving things better than we found them.

  • Pioneer innovative and better ways to do things
  • Protect and enhance our reputation and legacy at all times
  • Find ways to positively impact all of the communities we interact with
  • Value sustainable progress as much as immediate achievements.

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Diversity

Diverse organisations perform better: they understand their customers' needs better, they make better decisions and they are better places to work.

Barclays is committed to equality. We strive to achieve this through a variety of initiatives – for example, campaigns to increase the number of female leaders and sponsoring Pride. We also support internal networks such as Spectrum (LGBT), Women's Initiative Network and Reach (disabilities).

We recognise that our colleagues have many roles in addition to their work at Barclays, so our flexible working options support their commitments outside their professional lives. We offer a range of employee benefits to meet individual needs.

We drive diversity & inclusion with principles of equality to ensure that diversity is embedded in our organisation globally. We host a number of internal networks to support our colleagues. These groups are linked to five strategic pillars; Disability, Gender, Multicultural, Multigenerational (including parents/care givers and Military), and LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender). We welcome applications from all backgrounds and all applications to Barclays are judged on merit.

Supporting our communities

Our goal is to help change 5 Million Young Futures by the end of 2015.

At Barclays, we want to help the next generation achieve their ambitions. We believe there is no better start on the path to success than access to enterprise, employability and financial skills. 

We are leveraging our resources and employees’ time and expertise to provide the next generation with the skills they need to build a better future for themselves and their families. 

Barclays plays a broader role in the communities in which we live and work beyond what we deliver through our core business activities. We do this through community investment programmes, and the direct efforts of our employees.

At Barclays, we want to help the next generation achieve their ambitions. We believe there is no better start on the path to success than access to enterprise, employability and financial skills. 

We are leveraging our resources and employees’ time and expertise to provide the next generation with the skills they need to build a better future for themselves and their families. 

Barclays plays a broader role in the communities in which we live and work beyond what we deliver through our core business activities. We do this through community investment programmes, and the direct efforts of our employees.

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Now is a great time to join Barclays as we continue on our journey to define the industry and become the ‘Go-To’ bank. 

Getting the job

Barclays is setting the pace of change in global financial services. We are pioneering new services, shaping new markets and setting new standards across the world. For you this means constant challenges and opportunities. It also means joining a global community with many different skills and diverse perspectives, united by a common purpose and shared values.

Working at Barclays

Employee benefits include performance incentives, private healthcare, flexible working and structured opportunities for personal and professional development. Barclays also offers tax-free share schemes, childcare vouchers and plus many more. Take a look below at our range of benefits.

The Barclays Global Alumni Programme

At Barclays, we are bound together by our purpose and values, and the need to belong to a larger social network and to place relationships at the centre of business. We value relationships and want our former colleagues to remain connected wherever they go.

Are you a former colleague of Barclays. If so, we invite you to join the Barclays Global Alumni Programme. As we like to say "once a colleague, always a colleague".

The Barclays Global Alumni Programme is an easy way for individuals to stay connected to Barclays and to other alumni. Our colleagues are high performers and have achieved, and continue to achieve, complex, amazing things. Barclays will always want to hear from individuals who have gained new skills, knowledge and experiences, and who are keen to share these.

Our aim is to build a thriving, networked community of Alumni around the world. In return, you will enjoy benefits such as access to Alumni updates with company news, Alumni stories, career opportunities and alerts about roles we think would be a good fit for you, plus exclusive member benefits.

We invite you to join the Barclays Global Alumni Programme. As we like to say "once a colleague, always a colleague".

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Looking for a place to start your career?

At Barclays, you’ll find internships for current students and full-time roles for recent graduates across a number of business and functional areas.

As a graduate or intern here, you’ll do more than just experience our momentum – you’ll keep it going. Respected and valued, you’ll bring your own perspective to our challenges. And our support and training will equip you to make an ever-larger contribution to work that shapes tomorrow for customers, clients, our business and your career.

No matter which part of Barclays you join, you’ll gain skills, develop strong networks, be challenged and build a solid foundation for wherever your career journey takes you. Learn more at Barclays.com/joinus.

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    Pros

    Collaborative work environment, supportive HR and Management.

    Cons

    Constant target for regulators, too many changes in Senior Management led to lower morale and confidence in the firm, which led to more departures.

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Barclays Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Barclays (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Very quick process, had an introductory phone interview then an in person interview at the NY office. Met with 3 people and had a Q/A with a current analyst.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work at Barclays? Why are you interested in HR? Which division are you most interested in? What was a time you had to give negative feedback to someone and how did you do it?   Answer Question
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Barclays Awards & Accolades

  • Top 100 Employers, Stonewall Top 100 Employers Index, 2016
  • Best Places to Work, Corporate Equality Index (CEI), 2016
  • Top 50 Employers for Women, The Times, 2015
  • Family Friendly Award Winning Company, Mumsnet, 2014
  • Britain's Top 100 Graduate Employers, The Sunday Times (UK), 2012
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