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Barclays London Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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  • Work life balance is well maintained (in 430 reviews)

  • Great working environment, fantastic people (in 181 reviews)

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  1. "Very Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Barclays (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Management, Great Atmosphere for Working class.

    Cons

    I do not find any.


  2. "Great for Technology and Innovation"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Charles River Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Charles River Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Forward thinking, open to investment in new technology. Lots of positive change toward a more agile working environment. Committed to training, opportunities abound if you look in the right places. Great people to work with - this is a huge plus for me. The are more of a move to flexible working in some departments. Leadership increasingly more open with communications. Lots to do!

    Cons

    Feedback is not always taken on board.
    Not all areas of the firm are equal, some colleagues of mine had stories that made it seem like another firm but these are the exception. Technology is great on the whole.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to connect with colleagues to ensure your finger is on the pulse of the company.


  3. "Good Grad Programme"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid Grad programme with lots of choice to rotate around the business. They even pay for additional qualifications etc. Great culture and working enviroment

    Cons

    Things can be slow due to size of the organisation . The business pays external hires a lot more than internal (but i believe this is consistent around the industry)


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  5. "Friendly and professional working environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Spring in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Spring in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barclays as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities
    Diverse and professional working environment
    Platform to meet a range of people from different backgrounds in order to expand network

    Cons

    Very competitive
    Performance relies heavily on what team you are working in, as well as who your manager for a particular project is

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for junior workers to interact with clients


  6. "Good experience, hard work, tight deadlines in FP&A"

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    Former Employee - AVP-Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - AVP-Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Broad experience given early, good people to work with, good vision of the company but it comes with a lot of change and often.

    Cons

    Generally poor middle management leadership where communication and expectations were often poorly directed. Loads of time consuming and frustrating processes. Generally poor accounting systems.

    Advice to Management

    Cut out the needless and time consuming reporting. Increase the skills and capacity of the offshore teams.


  7. "nice place to work depending where you fall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They really care for their people and the benefits are quite good. Bonuses depend on department and year but are not so bad.

    Cons

    It is difficult to move across positions when you are stuck in a work that has more demand than people working.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people who wants to move an facilitate, even enforce it. This will help you avoid people leaving


  8. "Good training and support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training and support
    Good internal network for females (WiN)

    Cons

    Lower pay versus other global banks
    Used to have clash in culture between ex-Lehman MDs versus non ex-Lehman ones


  9. "Business Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Dynamic colleagues
    Great technology
    Overall values

    Cons

    Can feel like never ending changes and restructuring. Doesn't every firm love the term 'restructuring'.
    Senior management appear to be out of touch and love marketing jargon when you wish they would just cut through the BS.
    Outsourcing when it doesn't work, the teams don't really care which is very frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Stop outsourcing to offshore locations for your IT needs. They honestly do not have the same enthusiasm nor urgency to deliver and cost the project more in the long term. I spend most of my time cleaning up and covering up mistakes.


  10. "in constant flux"

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    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


  11. "Barclays W&IM"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Structured, large, extracurricular activities galore, segregated duties well-segregated (in fact there are so many people it is too well-segregated, the result of which is unnecessary silos and herd mentalities pertaining to one's immediate team). More people than what is realistically needed.

    Cons

    Hierarchical, doesn't reward employee loyalty or longevity, aggressive fear-led culture, overly focused on negative points during performance review (instead of a balanced 50/50 approach).

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the long-term (and try to stick around for 3+ years).


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