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Barclays Glasgow Reviews

Updated June 24, 2017
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Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

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  1. "Good and flexible"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Credit Risk Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Credit Risk Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn
    Good pay
    Generally good people

    Cons

    Could be quiet at times

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Stressful & poor environment within Stockbrokers"

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    Current Employee - Client Service Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Service Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Supportive & helpful colleagues
    - Opportunity to partake in citizenship events
    - Ever changing workload

    Cons

    - Management (BA4's & AVP's) extremely defensive & unapproachable
    - Very high attrition rates as visible through staff turnover
    - High levels of favouritism (i.e. ad-hoc holidays being approved, progression opportunities, end of year grade being strong or outstanding)
    - Colleagues who do the exact same role and get the same workload sitting next to each other with a 6k+ wage difference

    Advice to Management

    - Stop being stereotypical office managers and start making more of an effort to engage your staff instead of privately colluding or sitting on your mobiles clearly on Facebook.

    - Do not indirectly threaten staff that they need to do Saturday overtime under the guise of the Barclays values and that doing so can be added into their PD as well as used to progress to a senior role.

    Barclays Response

    Jun 26, 2017 – Head of Resourcing

    It has been very disappointing to read your review. It is clear that you are not experiencing the professional and supportive management culture that we seek for all our colleagues.
    Can I suggest... More

  3. "O&T"

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    Current Employee - Director in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Committed people and genuine commitment to Barclays

    Cons

    micro management, directive senior team

    Advice to Management

    Trust more, give more space


  4. "All is not what is seems..."

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    Former Contractor - Operations Manager KYC in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Contractor - Operations Manager KYC in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Barclays as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company have good intentions, dynamic working is a great idea to help the work-life balance

    The company have ambitions to be a digital-first organisation and have taken good steps towards this. It's a top-down vision that's lost on the way down.

    A lot of long term members of staff in senior positions, lots of experience but a lack of leadership skills

    They have an untapped talent pool that will struggle to get through as the management is not capable of succession planning

    Cons

    The company have are trying to create a modern working environment but this is lost on the management(in the area I worked anyway)

    There are micro-cultures in each department which are dependent on the director in each area. The area I worked in had a manager who proudly described themselves as 'old school' An example of this is homeworking. The company actively embrace this, however not in this area of the business.

    They do not welcome 'outsiders' there are small groups. During my induction, I met 3 VP's each of which was in a battle, one of which had applied for a position in another department. When I asked why the answer was so unprofessional I couldn't repeat it.

    They need people from different backgrounds outside financial services who can come in and add value.

    When I joined I was left for 4 days without an induction, wasn't given the basics like where the toilets etc where.

    I could go on forever about the place. It has put me off financial services for good.

    I came from a different sector and at the interview, it felt like the VP was interested in learning from other business environments. The director quashed this though and the VP wasn't strong enough to stand up to them.

    Advice to Management

    Too many long term members of staff waiting on redundancy payment. Start performance management on senior management and don't allow the tail to wag the dog.

    Embrace the talent pool at your disposal, I was a short term contractor and had no intention of staying but I felt they have staff that can do more than they are paid to do.

    Focus on simplifying processes, it feels like the more complicated you make something the more well thought the idea


  5. "not too bad"

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    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    laid back atmosphere (compared to other banks), flexible working arrangements

    Cons

    difficult to progress, don't invest enough in employees' development, office politics, low salary (compared to other banks)

    Advice to Management

    Invest a lot more in staff development


  6. "Barlcays"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big emphasis on diversity and citizenship

    Cons

    VP's have less discretion and involvement with certain elements of people management than in comparison to other similar organisations.


  7. "Great people, great job opportunities."

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    Former Employee - Busineess Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Busineess Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barclays full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Work flexibility, great benefit package, which includes maternity leave, pension, life insurance, health insurance, discount website, share option.

    Cons

    Quite happy with the company, only thing is the bonus package is not great each year since I started compare with the other companies in the same sectior.

  8. "working at Barclays"

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    Current Employee - IT Support Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Support Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barclays (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice comfortable place to work.
    Good friendly environment.
    Convenient office location.
    Big well know employer's name.
    Oriented on last approaches and trends.

    Cons

    as in a big company a bureaucracy still in there, when everything might be easier and quicker we should go by not the best and optimal way.
    Best practices are being implemented with delay over required approvals.


  9. "Business Analyst 4"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service and Controls Analyst - Financial Crime in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Service and Controls Analyst - Financial Crime in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    excellent working initiatives and career development opportunities

    Cons

    Typical analyst compensation seems to fall below similar roles at similar major banks


  10. "Decent Company but a Touch Disorganised and Cut-throat"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Barclays as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent contract rates
    Pragmatic and not too much red tape
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Short notice on contract renewal or non-renewal (sometimes on the final day)
    Political and dishonest to staff and contractors at times
    Throw too much money at bad overseas resource


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