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Barclays UK Reviews

Updated May 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is well maintained (in 444 reviews)

  • Great working environment, fantastic people (in 185 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance varies around the group (in 160 reviews)

  • Location strategy, Rapid change in senior management (in 131 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, benefits, culture

    Cons

    Salary, red tape and ybureaucracy


  2. "Great Company but needs better mid-level management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company benefits, sick pay, share scheme. Great people and personalities to work with.

    Cons

    Low opportunities for career progression. Mid level management are not good managers. High level management seems good with strong values and vision.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your employees and they will look after your business.


  3. "Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - AML Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - AML Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Barclays as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible. Allow a lot of working remotely.

    Cons

    Decisions take a long time to make.

    Advice to Management

    Quicker decision making.


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  5. "Good Working enviroment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Alot of nice people to work with and room for progression for the right person.
    Work life balance is good, management is normally nice people.

    Cons

    Constant changes in direction can often feel deflating, however this is dependant on department, and not much of a con. If in Retail sector then can be quite difficult to move into head office.


  6. "Test Consultant (contract)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Test Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Test Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barclays as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly team, great people to work with, good free coffee and clean modern facilities.

    Cons

    Ageing IT infrastructure, no clear project delivery methodology, partially reactive (poor planning), reduced resources, long hours to make up small teams.

    Advice to Management

    IT tool need to be updated and clear project delivery timelines and approx needs to be defined with structured templates. TOR is required. Aging infrastructure needs to be updated asap.


  7. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities to progress within the company.

    Cons

    Salaries are not the best.


  8. "Job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is competitive and you learn a lot in the environment

    Cons

    Too serious and unfriendly people


  9. "Assistant Vice President"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large organisation and possibilities to move within are significant.
    Good name to have on your CV

    Cons

    Outdated infrastructure.
    Below market remuneration.
    Outstanding work is not rewarded
    Tremendous bureaucracy
    Senior management changes faster than you can blink

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what employees have to say. It is really sad that the only way to bring your compensation up to market average is to get a outside offer and use it as leverage.


  10. "Computer says no"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people with experience, kind atmosphere

    Cons

    Process constraints hinder efficiency & creativity

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on building a happy healthy enjoyable workplace


  11. "Barclays Bank"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Card Operation Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Card Operation Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barclays (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Family and professional management is unique

    Cons

    Nothing could be said regarding the fabulous atmosphere


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