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Barclays Global Investors Reviews

Updated March 9, 2017
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  1. "International Portfolio Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Barclays Global Investors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart, nice people with fire in the belly

    Cons

    Politics, pigeon hold w/in your group (tough to jump groups)

    Advice to Management

    Flatten lines


  2. "IT Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barclays Global Investors full-time

    Pros

    Good and organized company, many friendly and smart staff. Very good location in the city,

    Cons

    none That i can think of


  3. "Index PM"

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    Former Employee - Index Portfolio Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Index Portfolio Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great People, and not a lot of performance sweat in Index PM

    Cons

    A bit mundane as passive tracking funds are a bit dull


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  5. "One of the best places I've worked"

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    Former Employee - Portfolio Accountant in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Portfolio Accountant in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barclays Global Investors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I loved the camaraderie. The benefits were good and people were treated well. I was provided opportunities to grow and cross-train.

    Cons

    At the time, there were lots of changes within upper management. There also seemed to be challenges in trying to keep all systems current.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise management to continue to give people opportunities to grow and learn about other departments.


  6. "Great Corporate Culture"

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    Former Employee - Online Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Online Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, smart people and innovative. They work hard to ensure that there is a strong sense of culture.

    Cons

    Can be long hours but at the same time, you feel motivated to work. Everyone is onboard with the company objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Promote within


  7. "I loved working at BGI"

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    Current Employee - Client Reporting in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Client Reporting in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at BGI over 10 years. It was a wonderful place to work. Now has been bought by BlackRock and a much diminished company. It was a fairly flat organization and very innovative, progressive in policy, great benefits and the smartest coworkers one could hope to have. You worked hard, sometimes to the detriment of your personal life, but it was often worth it and there was a real feeling of accomplishment, support of the firm, and camaraderie.

    Cons

    There were glass ceilings and limited opportunities at BGI at times. In some departments, getting ahead was dependent more on who you knew and how you appeared than your actual talent.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management was fantastic. From the late Patti Dunn to Blake Grossman as CEOs, they were approachable, hard working, brilliant, inclusive, data-driven, customer focused, non-'attitude-inous' and open. It was a great ride.


  8. "Awesome company, incredible people"

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    Former Employee - Director of Software Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Software Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has great values that are shared by all employees. The people are the smartest I've ever worked with and there's a minimum of politicking given the strong culture of being all-in together. Good employees stay for a very long time and it feels like family.

    Cons

    As the company has grown it has accrued more bureaucracy and the global offices, while operating under common rules, feel more and more isolated in nature.

    Advice to Management

    Be more forthright with your people, particularly when there is bad news that affects people's personal lives.


  9. "Senior Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Academic, well paid, great bonus, fantastic benefits. Culture of thinking. Resource rich.

    Cons

    Too big to make a difference.


  10. "Prestige and Polish on the outside; not so much on the inside"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company's reputation holds a great deal of value in the investment market. However, their infrastructure does not promote cross functional training, movement, nor the ability to mentor/mentee others outside of the business groups

    Cons

    The company is very political and hard to maneuver if you are not willing to sacrifice your integrity for the organization. They make internal organizational changes without regard how it affects others outside the group

    Advice to Management

    Management should really focus on their employees and provide the right leadership to continue to grow their biggest asset (employees).


  11. "Barclays Global Investors is a well known investment management company and promotes people to move within the company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well known company
    large enough for people to move within the company
    good benefits
    company promotes work life balance
    promotes efficiency
    offered a lot of professional development training

    Cons

    location is south of market, a bit far away from the financial district

    Advice to Management

    professional development training nearly came to a halt when the economy was in a slump


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