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Barclays Reviews

Updated February 19, 2017
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  • Sometimes I badly felt the work life balance (in 148 reviews)

  • High turnover at the senior management level (in 126 reviews)

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  1. "Would not recommend in its current state"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance; sociable colleagues; low stress

    Cons

    Dysfunctional; low performing; political environment

    Advice to Management

    Bank needs a major turnaround fast


  2. "Pathetic working as a teller"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teller in Nairobi (Kenya)
    Former Employee - Teller in Nairobi (Kenya)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working gives u prestige and medical cover and free checkbook.

    Cons

    Working as a teller there is no support from management.

    Advice to Management

    Promote meritocracy


  3. "Bad company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    good brand, good pay, flexible timings

    Cons

    bad senior leadership, no space to voice your ideas or concerns


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  5. "Treasury"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Cobham, Surrey, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Vice President in Cobham, Surrey, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable work life balance-no expectation of weekends or evening work. Plenty of VP/D's who do very little if thats what you want.

    Cons

    I have never worked anywhere where so many Powerpoint slides can result in so few actual decisions.

    Systems are unfit for purpose. Obsession with top down planning and 'messaging' to senior management. Focus on 'getting stuff done' so the right message can be given to snr mgmt, with little regard to 'getting it right'.

    Prevailing blame culture means middle management spend more time avoiding responsibility than actually adding value.

    Bizarre role based promotion process effectively block progression until your boss leaves, and leads to large numbers of AVP's applying internally for VP roles they have no qualifications for

    Advice to Management

    Stop blaming and start taking responsibility


  6. "Vice President"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "Toxic Organisation."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Pune (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    1. There bonus is not included in the CTC like in other companies, so u actually get more than what your salary is.
    2. They like meetings and talking a lot, it will suit you if you are not a coder but an aunty of kitty parties.
    3. You get free tea and coffee of machine. That's it.
    4. You get one laptop for entire team for support, which is too slow and annoying and you keep figuring out how to connect VPN.

    Cons

    1. Incompetent colleagues.
    2. No good manager to look forward to.
    3. They talk in the air most of the time, zero in implemention.
    4. For interesting thing they say, we are a bank we are not a software company.
    5. The non technical scrum masters which they have in every team, keep a record whether you come on time or not, whether you updated the task you did yesterday.
    6. very slow, old and cheap Windows desktops.
    7. Heads at pune india has a cheap mentality of cost cutting. They cut costs to an extent when it does not even sound professional anymore.
    8. Basically once you go there, you are destroyed caus you cannot take your laptops and you can't install even a single software on their desktops.
    9. For even the smallest of things, you need to raise a request.
    10. Office culture is very bad, you can sit and code quietly for straight 10mins, everything is too open.
    11. Growth is very slow.

    This is an organisation for girls or incompetent guys who like talking a lot, and who like discussing random things and in whom even the left 10% of actual coder has died.

    I would pay you salary till you don't find a decent job, but pls don't join this.

    Advice to Management

    It's actually 20th century and your culture is a way too old, focus on the culture, and lay off the non technical incompetent people from the floor. They are like stagnant bags on the football field.


  8. "Challenging place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on high profile fast paced projects
    Good office facilities and flexible working approach
    Opportunity to work internationally

    Cons

    Aggressive blame culture where the loudest voice gets heard. Focus continually on getting things done with little consideration for the right way to do them

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade technology so tha staff have something to work with
    Listen to all voices not just the aggressive ones
    Support your staff; have their backs, let them feel like they won't be blamed for trying things differently or for trying to make things work


  9. "Customer Service Advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Kampala (Uganda)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Kampala (Uganda)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good.
    There is a lot of room to grow in your career since it is has many positions.

    Cons

    In my role even after i was chosen best employee of the branch i was not promoted so promotions usually take long.
    Their termination process is emotionally draining.
    Usually a mangers word is used against you even if you may be right.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise management to look through their firing process since it seems to be too rigid and give second chances to employees who were star performers


  10. "Who you know not what you know at it's very worst."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Barclays as a contractor

    Pros

    Reasonable contract rate of pay.
    Co-contractors some of the best staff I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    Full time permanent staff and ex Barclays staff now contracting, some of the most inept, unprofessional staff I've ever come encountered.
    Poor performance of perm staff & ex-Barclays staff not managed.
    Cliques the worst I've ever come across.
    Weakest senior management I've ever experienced..
    If you were social friends with the boss, your day could consist of chatting to them for an hour or more a day on Barclays dime or walking around the office not doing very much of anything.
    Strong managers held at arms length for making other managers look poor.
    Extremely low level of communication skills among some managers and mainly senior management. Swearing was some people's staple skill set.

    Advice to Management

    Have cliques eliminated by involving management that were not social friends of those in the office. It's not about wanting to be part of the clique, it's about not wanting your career affected by people who should not be working in the business and are only there because they have been working in the same circle of people for too many years. The cost to Barclays was in my experience, very high.


  11. "HR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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