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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. "Always overtime, chaos, cheap outsourcers is the way to go!"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I hardly can say something here. Look for pros at some other reviews.

    Cons

    1. They hire people with terrible English. Some managers worship naive and cheap students at outsourcing locations. You can easily find at those places incompetent and quarrelsome people who don't have any basics of work ethics, responsibility, and essentially don’t understand what they are doing.
    2. If you are a professional software developer you better avoid this place, you have to be crazy to go work there. At some places people shoot emails late night and across weekends and try to meet fascist deadlines.
    3. It doesn't matter how good you are or whether you are right. Once you shown a mirror to your manager you will be always shown in a bad light. Objective difficulties to meet a deadline are not considered. It is always only your low performance is the root of all evils.
    4. If you work at outsourcing location you will be cut off from many things they do in London. You have to guess what they know or decided or already done. You better guess well otherwise you will be labeled incompetent and stupid. As soon as one knows something it is a weapon to present itself as a smart and competent. Don’t expect too much help from anyone.
    5. Have a good salary? Watch your back then! They will fire you first as soon as you finished all they wanted you to do, unless you are a one’s favorite.

    Advice to Management

    Save your bonuses well, there is a crisis out there.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Average quality of experience; quite bureaucratic"

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    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

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