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Barclays Reviews

Updated September 18, 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. "It is famous, with a not so good reputation"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Maybe $$ for some roles?

    Cons

    Lots of over time, bad work life balance, bad culture, low humanity, poor management, high turnover rate (fire and hire back again - stupid management), and multi-national environment is something I love but the whole department become little India, come on... the hiring must be biased

    Advice to Management

    Advice is something they need but they do not really care!


  2. "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.

  3. "Eh"

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    Former Intern - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barclays as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Team was great, most other teams at Barclays are open to meeting, and internal mobility is decent.

    Cons

    Work wasn't challenging, HR is a mess, salary isn't the best, values are not acted upon at MD levels.

    Advice to Management

    Please, please, please fix your HR department. They are an absolute disaster and have no idea what is going on.


  4. "Shark tank"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Big company - good name on CV

    Cons

    Dog eat dog
    Company constantly embroiled in scandals
    Constant change of senior executive management
    Difficult to get promoted due to role promotion scheme


  5. "Investment Banking"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Gutes Grundgehalt, gute Benefits, gute Weiterbildung

    Cons

    Schlechte Kultur, schlechter Bonus, kein Bulge Bracket Prestige


  6. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay you fairly well and give you good benefits. My health insurance is awesome and the employer matching for 401k is very generous.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Management doesn't care if you are there till 2:00, and will only have complaints for you when things go wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment where employees are focused on performing their jobs well rather than positioning themselves for a promotion. Talent is lost when people are burn out and limits diversity in management.

    Barclays Response

    Aug 18, 2017 – Head of Resourcing

    Thanks for your comments. That is very sad to hear as we have a strong focus on dynamic working and creating work life balance for our colleagues, however it does rely on the support of line... More


  7. "Bureaucratic"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Hertford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President in Hertford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good. The work/life balance is ok, and working from home is encouraged. There are plenty of opportunities

    Cons

    The meetings , the bureaucracy, the wharf. The canteen is dreadful. Moving from vp upwards can be hard. The bureaucracy - did I mention that?

  8. "Every team is different"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Barclays employs a diverse range of people.

    Cons

    Change happens very slowly. You need to be good at self promotion get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the bureaucracy.


  9. "Barclays review"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Nairobi Hill (Kenya)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Nairobi Hill (Kenya)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to work
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Growth trajectory very slow
    Change in culture


  10. "You'll need good game playing skills"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager Paid As Business Analyst in Knutsford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager Paid As Business Analyst in Knutsford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money was ok plus reasonable share scheme very flexible working very good if you like working from home though your expected to buy your own laptop

    Cons

    Very backwards culture,totally run on game playing all about who you know and if your in London or not. Diversity agenda is not sincere they are focused on getting rewards from media run diversity networks...think careful if diversity is important

    Advice to Management

    Develop an employee prescribed agenda for diversity.run by the nationals of that country who will undestant locall issuez and culture,kill the bonus link to performance ..most mngrs are really looking after their buddy's and don't really agree with it for themselfs too.


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