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Barclays Reviews

Updated October 12, 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. "Lead Risk Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Lead Risk Analyst in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Lead Risk Analyst in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Barclays full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary. Company will provide ergonomic equipment if you complete all requirements.

    Cons

    Extremely demanding and stressful. No work life balance. Management is removed from reality.

    Advice to Management

    Add value. Don't just bluster, make promises and pass the buck. Reduce extracurricular citizenship requirements.


  2. "horrible company"

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

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

    Pros

    the employees are the only good part

    Cons

    the managers only care about themselves and no one else. they will place blame for things on those considered replaceable even if it is another manager

    Advice to Management

    get your priorities straight and stop treating everyone like they are a number

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Office Politics"

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    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!


  4. Helpful (3)

    "gender gap"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great NY headquarters location.
    Internal transfer are possible.

    Cons

    The risk management of the firm has shifted and is now set up in a very conflictual mode where members of the risk organization are encouraged to be aggressive and to use tough language towards their counterparts. Whether that comes from top managers is unclear but it appears to be related to the addition of personal in managing roles with prior-experiences from other banks. There is a clear gap between the official company culture and the day to day working environment that does not promote collaboration.

    Being a woman inside Barclays in NY is very difficult. My new manager explained to me on his first day that I would certainly have kids soon and that in anticipation I should adjust my schedule. Most of the new hires are men and were engaged with less experience at a higher pay rate and with a higher ranking. I first thought I was misinterpreting events but my opinion in a masculine-only environment started to be frequently overlooked. I even reached out to receive some mentoring from successful women in the firm but that did not help. Some of them aknowledged that they were not really happy with their responsabilities and pay. I also learned that other women had experienced similar situations. The situation was much different in the UK where the salary gap between me and my male colleagues appeared much less asymmetrical and my opinions were equally valued.

    I also experienced akward situations related to diversity for instance a colleague and I were singled out as assets not for our contribution but for our ethnicity. While several other awkward situations occurred I think this may be an isolated problem specific to our department. It raises the question of the oversight from HR and/or top management on yet another theme that impacts the working environment.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise a stricter scrutiny from HR on gender gap (salary, promotion and new hire).
    I would recommend fostering a more collaborative environment between risk and business.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate, Investment Banking Division in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate, Investment Banking Division in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    International bank, decent reputation on the street

    Cons

    Poor senior mentor ship, extremely political, people of color absolutely treated differently

    Advice to Management

    Bring your idea of diversity into the 21st century

    Barclays Response

    Apr 18, 2017 – Head of Resourcing

    I am very concerned to read your comments that you have experienced different treatment. I can see that you worked in our Investment Bank and I will pass this on to them and I know they will treat... More


  6. "Sales and Trading Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work in fast paced, demanding environment.

    Cons

    Lack of care about employee wellbeing.

    Advice to Management

    Care about employees more.


  7. "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - 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

    Strong investment banking franchise; top tier in select business lines

    Cons

    Poor leadership, lack of upward mobility, unfair pay, long hours

  8. "HR"

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

    Pros

    Hour Lunch.. any other benefits probably would the Hale and hearty around the block.

    Cons

    Terrible managers. No training. Forecast illiterate.

    Advice to Management

    Stop expecting someone to be a star employee a month into them working.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Head of Cash Equities and Equity Capital Markets Legal"

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    Former Employee - Head of Cash Equities and Equity Capital Markets Legal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Head of Cash Equities and Equity Capital Markets Legal in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    No pros. Company is adrift and legal department is poor.

    Cons

    Management is inconsistent, legal department has very low moral and support by the business.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "assistant vp"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, nice nyc location

    Cons

    high turnover, overworked, under payed

    Advice to Management

    hire competent senior management to effectively operate


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