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Barclays Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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  • Work life balance varies around the group (in 164 reviews)

  • Senior management appear to be out of touch and love marketing jargon when you wish they would just cut through the BS (in 136 reviews)

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  1. "Vice President"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy Going Environment, People Are Nice

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, hard to achieve anything

    Advice to Management

    Employee morale is low, and employee incentive is not aligned with the revenue growth.


  2. "Good Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NYC Headquarters - good fitness center and corporate dining options

    Cons

    Times Square location can be a bit seedy at times

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  3. "Account Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Henderson, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Henderson, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company but I am interested in a long term position.

    Cons

    I do not see any growth for me here.


  4. "Nailed the job interview and I will start end of July"

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    Current Employee - Fraud Analyst in Henderson, NV
    Current Employee - Fraud Analyst in Henderson, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity to move up, great starting pay and excellent personnel to talk with.

    Cons

    The background process is extensive but worth the wait in the end.


  5. "A really good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid strategy with realistic goals.
    Many normal people (that is actually not the norm on Wall Street).
    I am given the means to succeed.
    I am surrounded by competent people who genuinely want to contribute. I feel I don't have to do it all by myself.
    I have the best flexibility / autonomy so I can care for my children while having a very big say in the strategy of my team.

    Cons

    At times, it seems European banks are at a competitive disadvantage vs. US banks. It makes it sometimes harder to win business.
    Barclays may be more risk averse than some US peers.


  6. "Good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - Work from home arrangements
    - Good work life balance

    Cons

    - Limited upward mobility
    - Decisions are driven by head office in UK


  7. "Another Large and Uninspiring Bank"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation and benefits. Reasonable effort exerted to make it a good place to work and to support employees. Admirable support for community involvement.

    Cons

    Somewhat limited opportunities for US employees, at least in IT. Unimaginative technology and tension between the petty fiefdoms which stifle innovation and co-operation. Ambivalence about being in business to earn a profit but then an unfortunately frequent occurrence of "bad" banker behaviour by individuals in the bank.

    Advice to Management

    Make up your mind if you are a commercial bank or an investment bank and then execute. Foster more co-operation between organizations.

  8. "Company"

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    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent company to work. Good benefit and smart people. Many good opportunities to transfer to another role once you are in.

    Cons

    Any big company always has something that you don't like. But I think as long as you have a good manager to support you. Then everything will be fine


  9. "VP Banking"

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    Current Employee - Vice in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relatively good infrastructure and support

    Cons

    Lower pay vs. rest of street
    Weak junior staff leads to bad work / life
    Pay slightly below street

    Advice to Management

    Improve recruiting to get and retain higher quality employees.
    Pay at street.


  10. "Priorities not in Order"

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    Current Employee - Loan Analyst in Newark, DE
    Current Employee - Loan Analyst in Newark, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experience, vacation time, health care, company has a great name

    Cons

    Doesn't pay or train very well, expects more work than humanly possible and gives no resources


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