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Barclays Reviews

Updated July 27, 2017
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  • Work life balance varies around the group (in 164 reviews)

  • Senior management appear to be out of touch and love marketing jargon when you wish they would just cut through the BS (in 137 reviews)

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  1. "Working at Barclays"

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    Current Employee - Decision Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Decision Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are great and help each other

    Cons

    Leadership team does not show interest in employees' work-life balance. Too much bureaucracy, projects take ages to get the necessary approvals to go live


  2. "Salary of Working as an Analyst at Barclays"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    You can reach out diverse background people.

    Cons

    Your work doesn't match what you skillset.

  3. "Mid-tier investment bank"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Great work environment in terms of physical space and amenities, especially in New York - with cafeteria, gym, medical facilities on site. Good brand recognition.

    Cons

    A little lacking in direction and strength at the top, especially the investment bank. Culture is somewhat defensive and territorial.

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus again on building the business. Downsize, go for quality. Actively aim for markets in which you can be strong, rather than mostly reacting.


  4. "Essential Banker"

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    Current Employee - Community Banker - Essential Banking in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Community Banker - Essential Banking in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, Progression is encouraged

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes stressful working conditions


  5. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance, nice work

    Cons

    No clear objectives & uncertainty

    Advice to Management

    please do well & create more jobs.


  6. "Standard stodgy banking environment."

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    Current Employee - Security Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Security Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Quiet office. Good location. Big teams means easy work.

    Cons

    Many people here for years plugging away at same tasks.


  7. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Pune (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barclays (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best place to work, healthy work environment and best people around

    Cons

    No Cons as such for the company

  8. "Company"

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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

    Really great people business - Great people

    Cons

    As with big organisations can be very slow to act/change


  9. "Very hard to progress your career"

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    Current Employee - Digital in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Digital in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - If you get the right manager who's trustworthy then you can learn and develop a lot.

    - People are generally friendly and most know what they are taking about in terms of their expertise.

    Cons

    - People management skills of managers vary a lot. I've been very lucky to have had a great manager, but than due to a restructure was my worse experience in my whole career, and you have to look out for some manager's favoritism to the point whereby it's detrimental to your own career.

    - Paid little vs. other banks and even other sectors, but constantly told by HR salaries benchmark well. So often feel underpaid and not recognised.

    - Extremely hard to progress and develop. Experience and eagerness doesn't mean much, it's more on if you walk the walk and talk the talk.

    - Like most huge corporations, be careful who you trust. And document everything to back yourself up.

    Advice to Management

    - HR processes could be improved a lot to retain and develop existing staff. Currently it's a lot easier to get a new job with much better salary externally, than to get internal progression at Barclays.

    - Processes and bureaucracy are making a lot of things harder/ complex to do. A tip would be to keep things simple and user-guides/instructions to be in user-friendly language.

    - Seriously look/ audit the resourcing of the teams. Some teams have a lot more resourcing then they need, and seem to always be expanding constantly, whereas other teams are very under-resourced and need to be asking for more capacity or head counts for years, and still don't get granted. Some teams are taken for granted and work a lot of over-time (not paid) whilst others are twiddling their fingers.


  10. "They are ok"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst/Tester in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst/Tester in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Share options
    Healthcare options
    Dental
    Childcare Vouchers
    Flexible working

    Cons

    Management will only allow you to prosper if they want you to


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