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"As shakespare would say " Work or not work for Barclays, that is the question!""

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Current Employee - IT Perm (Any IT Possition Will Suffer the Same Issues) in London, England (UK)
Current Employee - IT Perm (Any IT Possition Will Suffer the Same Issues) in London, England (UK)
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

There are still decent and nice people around to work with in that place.

Cons

If you work in IT and are a professional, Barclays is not the place to go.

Barclays is the kind of place that the important thing is “deploy at any cost and if it is wrong someone will pick up down the line...”

You can not trust the managers and yes you will get mentally ill with stress and depression.
HR seems to be with the Managers and playing the political game – all is political and disregards people as persons – dont forget you are not even a head count any more you are a “desk” and how much this desk costs to be around the world.

So forget about career, stability or planning for anything you can get sacked any time because your “desk cost” is cheaper elsewhere or one of the High Managers has family in a another country and decides that “this is the strategy now, lets move roles in that place”.

Barclays is the type of environment for the following type of people:

If you are unemployed and need a Job asap;
If you are have no experience (apprenticeship);
If you are a contractor;
If you are a “shark” type of person and will do anything to get into the ladder (ANYTHING);
If you would like to experience in real life the show “The Apprentice” ;
If you are crazy or a masochist or would like to pay all your sins and go straight to heaven ( just 5 years will do working in there) or the combination of all then options.

The reality maybe not be different in other big corporations , however Barclays “takes the biscuit”.

Advice to Management

No advice will change Barclays Management Style – it is an embedded culture that even the current CEO program will not be able to tackle – if he is really serious about it and not just a PR exercise he will be sacked at no time.

Other Employee Reviews for Barclays

  1. "internship salary"

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

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

    Pros

    good work team and good people

    Cons

    bad communication and low pay

    Advice to Management

    be more open to employees


  2. "OK for freshie..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay for fresh graduates.
    Colleagues are generally very nice people.
    Good Benefits.

    Cons

    Culture of working long-hours.
    A lot of shoe-shining to move up vertically.
    Limited prospects working in back-office.
    Back-office is being migrated over to India/Africa.
    Hires a lot of contractors with the promise of conversion to perm which never really happens.
    No Increment/bonus for 2 years for back-office.

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