Barclays Reviews

Updated 14 September 2014
Updated 14 September 2014
556 Reviews
3.0
556 Reviews
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Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins
Antony Jenkins
175 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some good people amidst a sea of people who've checked out; good work life balance (in 50 reviews)

  • Flexible work from home, multiple network of mentors (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Transfers are very rarely given to help staff in work/life balance unless you are management (in 18 reviews)

  • There have been increased senior management changes in recent years (in 24 reviews)

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  1.  

    Bad end

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    challenging environment. you learn a lot

    Cons

    unless you are in London no career opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good REPUTATION for LIFE LONG WORK.....

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    Former Employee - Authorised Signatory  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Authorised Signatory in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Barclays full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent chance to gain EXPERIENCE in Foreign Exchange TRADE

    Cons

    Do not ARGUE with FOREX TRADER on the DEALING Floor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your distance from Hierachy or NO ONE WII know you !!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    My time at barclays

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    Current Employee - Senior Digital Marketing Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Digital Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working at Barclays has so many opportunities. You never really need to leave. It also has fantastic pension, annual leave, healthcare and the pay is pretty good. The bonuses are great. It is a very comfortable place to work. It is quite easy to network and move your way around. Its very 'PC' and friendly. Social scene can be varied. People are generally out of the office by 5.30pm and your work life balance is mostly respected.

    Cons

    You have to play the game, rather than just be good at your job. There are so many people that you really have to work smart to stand out/avoid being a number. But everyone is kind and fair and so long as you work out how to play the game, the sky is the limit really. It can become quite stale with very little breadth to roles (i was there 6 years) but i enjoyed my time there and it has set my career up for the future - people really respect the name on your CV.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company to work at

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Listen, able to give feedback and chance to move in your career

    Cons

    Culture within different parts of the organisation not working together

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of opportunities to progress!!

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    Current Employee - Premier Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Premier Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great organisation with good benefits

    Cons

    Unreasonable targets at times to difficult to achieve

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It got slowly worse

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    Former Employee - Counter Manager  in  Chippenham, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Counter Manager in Chippenham, South West England, England (UK)

    I worked at Barclays part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I loved it at first. I worked hard and was rewarded for the hard work. It was wonderful to get profit sharing each year and also a Christmas bonus.

    Cons

    As time went on, everything changed. The rewards were harder and harder to get. When my Mum died I had to take unpaid leave. The perks, few and far between

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go and work in the branches, think about what the staff actually do, the top management wouldn't get bonuses at all if it weren't for their hard work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Demotivating and uninspiring

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President IT  in  Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President IT in Jersey City, NJ (US)

    I worked at Barclays full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Company has a lot of good people working internally. Great skillsets and good personalities, talented as well. Great place to hang out at if you don't like doing much work or accomplishing much of anything. Pay is decent, but below market rate for location.

    Cons

    Lack of ability to get anything done. Everything is rule by committee and unless you're Director level or above, no one listens to nor cares for your opinion, no matter your level of expertise. Dual-headed teams engenders competition and lack of clear direction inhibits progress. Promotion is done via good ole boys network and grading for reviews is done on a curve; one person must receive a poor grade even when undeserved. If you're not in the UK, your opinion does not matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of playing politics, focus on listening to people and enabling success. Stop grading on a curve and start focusing on doing things, versus not rocking the boat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Trainer for Barclays bank

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    Former Employee - Training Consultant  in  Coventry, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Training Consultant in Coventry, England (UK)

    I worked at Barclays full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great development, had no experience in training delivery but was given every chance to grow and improve my skills and abilities. My managers in this area were the best I've ever had and it is a meritocracy so hard work pays off. Development plans are clear and achievable. Very nice and well equipped training venues as well. The most tech focused bank and are way ahead of the competition in most of these areas.

    Cons

    Overly complicated management structure where sometimes common sense cannot prevail as too many people need to be involved in a task. Although it is changing, the company is still very "Silo'd" - communication between departments is something that needs to be improved. Training department goes through many phases of displacements and restructures. Annual compensation not very good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many people are quick to use regulations to justify not cooperating with what you want, there are rules in place but there should be more emphasis on what actually can be done instead of stone walling each other

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Alright for contract work

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    Current Employee - Personal Assistant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Personal Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly, working hours are good

    Cons

    Got hired through an agency so I dont get the same pay and benefits that my colleges do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company, Good place to start career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays as an intern

    Pros

    Good place to start career

    Cons

    Recently Budget cut, lower bonus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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