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Barclays Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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Barclays CEO Jes Staley
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Pros
  • Work life balance is well maintained (in 450 reviews)

  • Great working environment, fantastic people (in 189 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance varies around the group (in 161 reviews)

  • Location strategy, Rapid change in senior management (in 134 reviews)

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  1. "A really good place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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

  3. "Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  4. "Priorities not in Order"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  5. "Enjoyed my time there..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment, supportive HR and Management.

    Cons

    Constant target for regulators, too many changes in Senior Management led to lower morale and confidence in the firm, which led to more departures.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Office Politics"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst- RRP in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst- RRP in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good salary and perks.

    Cons

    Office politics and high turnover in assistant positions. HR is not there to protect or help you. It doesn't matter how great you are; all that matters is if you are close friends with management. You will get set up and tossed out even if you have proof of bullying, HR will not hear you or take you seriously. You're done.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe if you spend les money hiring and firing and retain good people, the company wouldn't be in the jeopardy it's in right now and steadily going down!


  7. "Re: Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Henderson, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Henderson, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are really good.

    Cons

    Non-qualified management does most of interview hiring.

    Advice to Management

    Hire using third party. This will make sure it is fair across the board.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, below market compensation, not the place for technologists"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President, IT in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President, IT in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by smart and talented co-workers. Midtown location is a great place. The brand is still attractive in the street. Can't really think of any more pros.

    Cons

    Three CEOs changes in five years. There by, no single strategy was successfully executed across any division over years. Several businesses are being sold off as spun off units.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technology and benchmark firm's competitiveness against the market.


  9. "Good Pay and Experience - Poor Work Life Balance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot, well paid, and good for the resume

    Cons

    Work life balance and levels of responsibility can be limiting


  10. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Barclays (More than a year)

    Pros

    Room to grow within the role

    Cons

    Ability to move around within the organization


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