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"Tough and political environment makes working there a challenge"

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Former Employee - Change Manager in London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Change Manager in London, England (UK)
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Working there, in a tough and highly political environment with a lot of pressure to deliver definitely makes you stronger and more assertive. It's kind of a survival lesson...

Cons

The pressure to deliver on tight deadlines forces you to sometimes dramatically cut corners, bringing this feeling of never being able to go beyond the skin of the matter...

Advice to Management

The relentless focus on cost ingrained in the company DNA should be directed to total cost of ownership, service or product, be more holistic, to truly become a competitive advantage. Too often, I have seen decisions being taken on the basis of immediate cost comparison rather than on an understanding of the impact of the move on the total cost involved in reaching the considered objective.

Other Employee Reviews for Barclays

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Average quality of experience; quite bureaucratic"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Good people practices, good infra,

    Cons

    very matrixed ops; limited strategic thought at a leadership level


  2. "Pretty Average for the kind of big company it is and the good reputation it used to have"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some really great colleagues

    Cons

    If you work in a department and are looking for management support to progress your career in something different you won't get that support

    A lot of senior managers Directors and MD level are afraid of challenging their bosses such as CEO when they set ambiguous targets.

    They sing a lot about the values I see it as another tick in the box for our leaders who are not living and breathing the values themselves.

    Staff Moral is currently very poor in Barclays and the bonus each year is a joke! It's going from bad to worse. If you get a really good appraisal the salary increase you get doesn't add up no where near your good rating. Other Banks such as HSBC even TSB is not doing badly.

    I wonder if manage to and HR have ever wondered why they are losing a lot of staff to HSBC.

    Advice to Management

    Live the Barclays values you put out there after all you introduced them. Change must come properly but only from top down!

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