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Barclays London Reviews

Updated March 28, 2017
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  • Work Life Balance is out of the window specially during busy season (in 150 reviews)

  • High turnover at the senior management level (in 127 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good ethics, good people

    Cons

    It depends hugely in what team you are in! Culture varies significantly from area to area.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to younger, junior staff, don't be so stuck in your own executive worlds.


  2. "in constant flux"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good people
    good collaboration
    desperate desire to be digital

    Cons

    poor planning
    constant organisational change
    autocratic - senior leaders dictate rather than empower
    constantly changing performance development processes lead to poor or unfair outcomes

    Advice to Management

    strategy requires time to bed in to be effective


  3. "Great place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Support in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Applications Support in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to build relationships, and huge emphasis on networking. Work life balance is excellent.

    Cons

    No top level control and understanding of work. In the last 4 years, Barclays strategies changed pretty much every 6 months. Insufficient consistency is maintained, thus makes it very difficult to measure success and improve.

    Advice to Management

    Identify a vision and stick to the plan to achieve said vision rather than changing strategies and u-turning on already running initiatives and reducing wasted effort. The real way to reduce operational cost to the firm is not wasting money.


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  5. "Barclays Capital"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Barclays as a contractor

    Pros

    Good culture with social activities.

    Cons

    Training tends to be like most companies using automated web based systems due to cost. It is not the best way for people to learn.


  6. "Spring Week"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barclays (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really insightful. I would highly recommend it.

    Cons

    There are none. It is a great place to work.


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    "Vice President"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Do not pay much but reasonable bonus

    Cons

    Good internal opportunities and they make it easy to apply internally.

    Advice to Management

    No talent management department.

    Barclays Response

    Mar 17, 2017 – Head of Resourcing

    Great to hear that you have good feedback on our internal mobility. We launched an initiative last year called "Apply Within" to enhance the support we offer colleagues to move internally and it is ... More


  8. "Business Anayst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company culture and co-workers
    Plenty of training opportunities

    Cons

    sometimes need to work long hours


  9. "good"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Supportive environment & friendly culture
    Care about your career development & high mobility within the bank

    Cons

    benefits are not too compelling


  10. "Barclays Bank PLC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barclays (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, large global organisation with extensive career opportunities. Stong values now in place to ensure the bank operates in an ethical and correct way, which will hopefully eradicate the mistakes of a few senior individuals.

    Cons

    Because there a large employer they sometime lose sight of there employees.and reless top talent through endless restuctures.


  11. "Barclays - what's it like to work there? General"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Barclays full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    1. High brand awareness;
    2. brand attracts attention and talent;
    3. provides staff with a wide range of events, networks, extracurricular activities;
    4. large organisation;
    5. seemingly diverse workforce (in terms of experiences, backgrounds, nationalities, languages);
    6. internal mobility now officially available/offered.

    Cons

    1. Short-term strategy changes too frequently as a result of high leadership turnover.
    2. That, coupled with generally high attrition/staff turnover are strong indications that there is more wrong than there is right, at this firm.
    3. Referred to as 'the revolving door' in the FS industry.
    4. The firm also has an aggressive reputation.
    5. Extremely political organisational culture = not as meritocratic as one would think, despite the recent advent of U.S. corporate titles (AVP, VP, D, MD)
    6. less diverse a workforce in reality (respect seniority, 'yes' culture, challenge not tolerated)

    Advice to Management

    1. Value ( and trust) your people to engender a consistently positive organisational culture.
    2. Promote from within, first (as a consequence of previous point).
    3. Be fair, recognise good behaviour and don't over-emphasis employee negatives!



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