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Barclays Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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  • Work life balance varies around the group (in 169 reviews)

  • Senior management can get a bit out of touch sometimes (in 143 reviews)

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  1. "Good team, nice culture, valuable experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, great people and culture

    Cons

    Work is not very excited, less passion


  2. "Investment Banking FIG (in ECM)"

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great experience in terms of learning and getting prepared for other jobs in the industry

    Cons

    Work life balance is tough

  3. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    nice people, good client base from legacy Lehman takeover

    Cons

    too much management turnover, no clear direction on strategy


  4. "Investment Bank"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Collegial and collaborative culture within banking. Many opportunities to get involved on projects outside of day to day job

    Cons

    Sometimes feels too slow and bureaucratic in making progress


  5. "Deserves its rep on the street"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits, supports good work life balance via flex working, pockets of good people in certain functions.

    Cons

    Uncompetitive pay, frequent change of Technology and Business management and strategy, difficult to attract and retain top talent due to sub-par reputation on the street.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating people as tools, maintain long term continuity in strategy, reduce bureaucracy and LDN-NY internecine politics.


  6. "Investment Banking Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Good Pay. Culture better than other banks.

    Cons

    Not much flexibility, hierarchy, bureaucracy, face-time still prevalent.


  7. "A good place to start your career in finance"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of ex-Lehman people are still there in leadership roles. Very collaborative work environment. Solid culture with (mostly) great people. Opportunities for career growth if you perform.

    Cons

    Lots of ex-Lehman people have also left. Tends to be bureaucratic and slow-moving compared to the major US investment banks. Comp is near the bottom of the pack. Senior management turnover has been ongoing for years now.

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    "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Barclays is definitely the kind of place where, at least from mid-level and down, the employees are diverse.

    Cons

    This is also the type of place where if you are not working directly for a business unit, you will get bullied. I worked in New Product Development and ended up leaving because I got tires of being bullied by the business to approve terriblly structured products.

    Advice to Management

    Please take risk management seriously. Controls are in place for a reason. If you hired risk management people to work there, let them do their job.


  9. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Work
    Life balance is good

    Cons

    Bonus and salary is very low


  10. "Summer Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    friendly environment in the barclays

    Cons

    intense for the trading floor


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