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Barclays Glasgow Reviews

Updated January 16, 2018
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Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

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  • dynamic working is another aspect which really helps employees get a good work life balance (in 540 reviews)

  • Great working environment, fantastic people (in 221 reviews)

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  1. "Operations"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Very focused on the welfare of its staff, rewards proactive attitudes. Good prospects for future development

    Cons

    Decisions higher up can often be short sighted or unrealistic


  2. "Contracted Staff"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Barclays as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team spirit in and out of the office environment. Global company so there's always opportunities for internal mobility

    Cons

    Repetitive working tasks within Tax Operations. Contracted staff not certain of job security

    Advice to Management

    Assure to keep projects longer to attract temp staff.

  3. "Very well knitted favouritism culture"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Valuable work experience if under unbiased manager

    Cons

    Every thing else apart from work experience

    Advice to Management

    This is to bring to your attention towards the malpractice of management involvement and support to favouritism over competencies. As the issue is at large and overlooked employees often talk about number of relatives of the management in same team or different areas of business.

    The management in Glasgow premises is very well knitted with favouritism that employee careers are matter of favours between managers. Managers cleverly manipulate things in this well knitted culture and made things difficult for genuine talent. Employees who don't have their relatives has to struggle for their performance ratings, development and promotions.

    Under this well knitted favouritism culture, barclays value of respect and understanding of diversity is lost. Most of the internal roles and other advertised roles are often pre-decided; give and take between managers or through recommendations. Managers relatives enjoy the perks like promotions and greater job security over professionalism, experience and skill set.

    Genuine competent candidates has to face this unhealthy competition on daily basis. Further managers restrict communication of un-favoured employees and protect or overlook their relatives for any wrongdoings. Senior managers plays influential status over employees grievances and general complaints.

    Barclays Response

    Nov 27, 2017 – Head of Resourcing

    Thanks for taking the time to write your comments.
    Very disappointing to read and also not in line with the team that I work with in Glasgow. I cannot comment on your experiences however my own is... More


  4. "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Premier Banking Service Specialist in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Contractor - Premier Banking Service Specialist in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Barclays as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great progression opportunities.
    Good salary for what you're doing.
    Overtime opportunity.

    Cons

    dated systems which often don't work.
    Dated building and facilities.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more on the building.


  5. "Banker"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Moment Banker in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Moment Banker in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits excellent sick pay and healthcare cover. Good shareware options. Train resources are good and you are given access to free online bookstore.

    Cons

    Can be very political at times. Company struggles with treating people fairly. Invisible power structures are closer to the feudal system than meritocrisy. Some managers are threatened by change and talented staff are sometimes marginalized for speaking up.

    Please note this is only the case in a couple departments, many departments i know of have none of these issues.

    Advice to Management

    Grassroots management is vital. Many managers distort information for their own personal agendas.

    All internal promotions and moves should have a mandatory declaration of interest to be made to promote meritocrisy and integrity.


  6. "Credit Specialist"

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

    I worked at Barclays (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company Great people lovely to work!

    Cons

    None other than maybe longer hours


  7. "excellent people and company"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Branch Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Branch Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barclays full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great people, opportunities to learn outside your remit
    systems are ahead of competitors

    Cons

    occassional longer days that you arent always compensated for.
    nothing else really!

  8. "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


  9. "Stressful & poor environment within Stockbrokers"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "O&T"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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