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Updated May 24, 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. "Consultant"

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    • 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.


  2. "Good Working enviroment"

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    • 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.


  3. "Test Consultant (contract)"

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    • 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.


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  5. "Good"

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    • 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.


  6. "Job"

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    • 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


  7. "Barclays Bank"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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


  8. "Great for flexible working"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President - Business Analyst in Knutsford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President - Business Analyst in Knutsford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great flexible working
    Nice people
    Nice work place
    On site Gym
    Nice canteen and coffee shops
    Nobody wears a suit, everyone's casual

    Cons

    Shocked at how rude senior management can be it almost comes to border line bullying, and the fact that they get away with it.
    Really rude in the way they speak to off shore colleagues during conference calls.

    People aren't here to make friends or be nice it's just about getting the work done and going home

    Advice to Management

    Advice to their senior managers that it's not ok to be rude and have some people skills


  9. "Really good but underpaid"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Banker in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Community Banker in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The environment was really good.
    My co-workers were lovely and helpful.

    Cons

    When I got sick it was very hard to get the day off.
    They did not encourage putting overtime.
    The role was underpaid but I get if you do not have a degree you can progress in 1-2 years.
    Customer service can be hard..

    Advice to Management

    I think giving bonuses and increasing the base salary would be a good advice for the future.


  10. "Barclays - Challenging but enjoyable place to work"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Visible management team. Very much a forward thinking business.

    Cons

    Not enough Project Managers/BAs when managing projects.

    Advice to Management

    Need thorough Project Managers


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Vice President"

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

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work that is relevant within the financial services sector. Colleagues are nice. Office space and facilities are ok.

    Cons

    Way too many employees that are undervalued and underpaid paired with employees that are indifferent to the bank or its success does.

    Advice to Management

    The effort to get of rid of the unproductive and inefficient senior members is noted, but in this process you've also limited the advancement and compensation of hard working employees.


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