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Barclays Reviews

Updated October 18, 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. "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


  2. "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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "used to be a great place to work"

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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

    great health insurance, generous vacation

    Cons

    impossible to get anything done, so much bureaucracy and contractors/project managers who don't understand the business and products, compliance and control functions are useless,

  8. "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


  9. "Investment Banking Associate"

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, for the most part.

    Cons

    Bank couldn't seem to get out of its own way.

    Advice to Management

    Stay out of the headlines.


  10. "Excellent work life balance"

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

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Barclays is a solid company to work for. Their internal mobility opportunities is the best that I've seen thus far over my career and they also are dedicated to encouraging a flexible work life balance.

    Cons

    From a development perspective, Barclays has room to improve their compensation standard. Additionally, system modifications and/or technology improvement rollouts are choppy at best. Execution of such mods can/and need to be improved upon.

    Advice to Management

    There should be improved efforts to cascade programmes down to staff levels as well as clear evidence of the inverse occurring.


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