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Updated October 11, 2017
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Barclays Global Investors CEO Bob Diamond
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Pros
  • Nice people, challenging environment with lots going on (in 4 reviews)

  • Realatively stable work environment with only the occasional - 'house-cleaning' re-org (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • However, I know just as many that have self selected out and are glad that they are no longer there (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and people. Great work environment.

    Cons

    The company no longer exists


  2. "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

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "Release engineer intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work and good salary

    Cons

    I would say too much inside politics


  6. "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.


  7. "Great company with a vision"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays Global Investors full-time

    Pros

    Industry leader in asset management

    Cons

    Very specialized skills required for investment roles.

  8. "Nice colleagues, productive and lots of learning"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Barclays Global Investors full-time

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, productive and lots of learning

    Cons

    barclays did not seem to know what to do with barclays global investors

    Advice to Management

    communicate more


  9. "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


  10. "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.


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