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Barclays Reviews

Updated September 25, 2017
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  • Work life balance varies around the group (in 168 reviews)

  • Senior management can get a bit out of touch sometimes (in 140 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "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.

  3. "The leadership is accessible and wonderful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Senior leaders take a lot of effort to mentor juniors

    Cons

    There is quite a bit of turnover


  4. "Mostly good, very forward thinking company."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Progressive company. Great benefits and work/life balance. Company culture overall is good with offsites, community engagement, and philanthropic efforts. Not micromanaged.

    Cons

    Promotions are not necessarily given on the basis of merit. Internal training and employee development has a lot of room for improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Make more of an effort to attract and retain top talent. Be more competitive with value proposition of various products.


  5. "Awesome place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Good technology and well managed

    Cons

    not the highest salary levels in the market

    Advice to Management

    more competitive salary.


  6. "Business Manager in Capital Markets"

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    Current Employee - Vice President, Business Manager (Capital Markets) in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President, Business Manager (Capital Markets) in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Truly promotes mobility with a lot of opportunities to change roles if you are a top performer

    Cons

    - Bureaucracy
    - People tend to manage upwards rather than focus on career development of employees

    Advice to Management

    Bust Bureaucracy and increase/promote collaboration across teams/functions/departments.


  7. "Unstable Environment"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic Working - Work / Life balance depends on your role for the flexibility

    Cons

    Restructuring has be a constant making it uneasy for the morale in the departments. Pay is also not competitive. Raise and Bonus is little to none.

    Advice to Management

    Provide clear direction to employees on the vision. Raises and Bonus needs to be competitive in order to retain talent.

  8. "FXPB"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Nice office space
    Opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Small bonus pool
    Underperformers don't get fired


  9. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Strong sense of collaboration within desks

    Cons

    Competitive work environment, which is to be expected


  10. "Unimpressed"

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    Former Employee - Vice President Finance in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President Finance in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great respect for women, excellent salary on investment bank, great perks at work, especially the gym (Manhattan)

    Cons

    Directors and Managing Directors assume God complexes, have difficulty with the idea that those that report to them may have silos of information greater. Yet, MDs take credit for the work that they don't do...There was plenty of backstabbing going around.

    Advice to Management

    Do 360 degree feedback on things that really matter. Document that information. Grade people on whether they get the job done, versus impromptu milestones.


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