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Barclays Reviews

Updated 18 November 2014
Updated 18 November 2014
607 Reviews
3.1
607 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some good people amidst a sea of people who've checked out; good work life balance (in 57 reviews)

  • Work environment is average, it's comparable to other large banks (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • We had to do overtime everyday so work/life balance was no so good (in 20 reviews)

  • There have been increased senior management changes in recent years (in 27 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    too much references and know everyone if you want to grow there

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Pune (India)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good to learn few things through various internal training

    Cons

    need to define whether they are private or they want to just exist as a Bank and dont want to grow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Chicken without a head

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President In Technology in Whippany, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Vice President In Technology in Whippany, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance achieved through telecommuting, 4 weeks of vacation, holidays, package of benefits. 401(k) matching up to 6% of salary

    Cons

    There is no proper human resource direction in technology area, jumping in various directions with the "workforce location strategy". Development process is hindered by multiple "red tapes", requirements for tons of unnecessary documents, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No bank today can survive without proper technology - get some focus there, define practical goals, and follow on implementation. Finally, establish a proper "technical career pass" to preserve your investment in technical talents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good people but the work environment could be more engaging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Rotation policy gives you a chance to work in multiple teams

    Cons

    Compensation is not competitive enough

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    not good place for structure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    nice brand
    nice work life
    not bad

    Cons

    no structure
    not proactive
    not cool ok

  6.  

    The bank lacks direction in the UAE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great office location near the Burj Khalifa and Dubai mall
    - Good work life balance. Most people are out of the office by 5:30pm
    - Great brand name to have on the CV
    - Access to global teams and networks from international offices

    Cons

    - Awful local management. Unprofessional conduct and petty disputes are common in which more junior staff are dragged in and projects are impacted
    - Non diverse teams with staff selection based on nationality / personal preference rather than best candidate for the job
    - Very low budgets for expansion available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at restructuring the top level management. Stop hiring locally for management positions and instead hire staff from Barclays in other regions to ensure corporate culture is maintained.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Dog eat dog company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    High collaboration
    younger employees, room for growth

    Cons

    Won't hesitate to layoff employees after major project has completed
    Too many people hired

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limit new hires to what is needed. Excessive hiring eventually leads to layoffs.
    Management seems open to new ideas and values opinions.
    A clear path for promotion is not evident.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    More interested in sales than customers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Relationship Support Manager
    Former Employee - Relationship Support Manager

    I worked at Barclays full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Training is freely available to anyone that wants it
    There was a focus for a while on upskilling the staff
    Working from home in some positions
    Some benefits

    Cons

    Obsession with sales over customer services
    Bonus is terrible - always full of promises but it's rarely worth having.
    Management is incompetent in most offices. There doesn't seems to be any need for management skill before you're promoted.
    Office politics is rife. Prepare for back stabbing and constant complaining
    Internal promotion process is overly complicated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch unreasonable sales targets
    Focus on customer service
    Ensure that managers are actually capable before promoting them
    Try to make internal recruitment appealing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Friendly atmosphere, dedicated people and caring superiors; I enjoyed working for Barclays Internal Audit.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Barclays full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are awesome here. Loved working for them; the only reason I left was to move abroad. Great exposure to the whole bank and get a great overview of how the whole industry works. Management communicates well and creates and encourages opportunities.

    Cons

    In-house training is often preferred over external training even when the external training gives you something tangible to take away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take into account external training benefits more to bring more into the organisation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work and progress your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President - Internal Audit in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President - Internal Audit in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The culture within the organization is excellent and I could honestly say that my current team is one of the best teams I have worked so far. I can always trust my colleagues and I case I have question they are always there to guide me to the answer I need.

    Senior management are transparent and approachable when needed. Lots of communication about what is going on within the group and etc is distributed internally.

    Moreover, we really live with the Barclays values and as organization we do lots of charity.

    There is opportunity for career progress vertically (within the structure) and horizontally (within other structures) and middle and senior management are supporting it. Training is also provided, although that the process is quite slow and takes few months to arrange everything.

    Cons

    The salary and non cash benefits are below the average for the industry, however I believe that when you consider all the Pros this could be discarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good working, although that I joined Barclays 8 months ago, I can see improvement. Please keep doing it and work for better Barclays.

    What you could consider is perhaps a review of the non cash benefits (including the bank products for employees) and employee discounts offers I believe they can be improved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good employer with a global footprint

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, great work culture and possiblity to progress professionally

    Cons

    Unclear focus and business strategies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve benefits and long term management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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