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Barclays Reviews

Updated 26 January 2015
Updated 26 January 2015
645 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 60 reviews)

  • Work environment is average, it's comparable to other large banks (in 23 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 28 reviews)

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  1.  

    An environment that is stuck to convention - junior Director level utterly resistant to change and improvement.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - B6 (Senior Manager) in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - B6 (Senior Manager) in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Barclays full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation is ok and some of the senior management are extremely good.

    Cons

    What senior executives want to achieve and change, is halted by a bureaucratic layer of institutional lethargy and denial. The junior Director level is overpopulated with individuals who are simply hanging on for a pension. The Bank is constantly trying to change and evolve, but is continually dragged back by dinosaurs who don't like to be held to account - the culture remains: 'bowler hats and typewriters'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear out the middle (B7) level and nurture talent. Create an environment where ideas and initiative are embraced rather than actively suppressed. Regional capability needs to be brought into the centre with more collaboration - its no wonder certain BUs are so militant and separatist! I had the opportunity to progress in the bank but left as my spirit was being crushed. The RBB cluster's reputation for churn is well known, and people who have conformed in that environment struggle when they leave..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible experience, sinking ship

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Decent seamless allowance ($25 per)

    Cons

    1.No vision
    2.No commitment to excellence
    3.Rampant dishonesty with colleagues and reports
    4.No culture
    5.No community
    6.Far below average pay
    7.No opportunity for advancement, stagnant

  3.  

    Rubbish

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Services Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Services Officer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    No Pros at all as everything is Cons

    Cons

    Everything is Cons and no pros at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look out for some other jobs as Barclays' ship is sinking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Very interesting international job but with poor management and leadership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Lisbon (Portugal)

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, very good work and life balance. Easy to move to work in another country.the work environment is good.

    Cons

    Lack of management and leadership. No investment in resources career. Very complex internal tools that change constantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in resources career and in midle management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    Very professional environment. Lots of friends. Good on the job training. Performance rewards ok.

    Cons

    Pay was low. It was challenging to gain promotion. Lots of pressure on sales, sales, sales. Managers a bit indifferent sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review Pay.

  7.  

    Disappointed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Barclays full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Private healthcare, bonus, plenty of career opportunities if you seek them.

    Cons

    Poor communication, some employees seem to work very long hours, lots of services have been outsourced, IT isn't the best, poor management, office culture, annual leave allowance isn't amazing, the lifts get ridiculously busy at peak times!

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

    Good training

    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Barclays as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Strong values, above standard training, friendly co-workers

    Cons

    canteen can sometimes be expensive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assimilate interns to teams aligned with their skills and interests and not just to available teams

  9.  

    A respectful organization

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Barclays provides you with a complete mix of experience, whether on the personal level or the technical one. What hou get from working there is far beyond your monthly salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Barclays is a very competitive environment, you be good, you get rewarded, you slow down, you miss the train. Some of their 3rd world countries branches might be suffering a bit from the lack of proper and fair management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an insider eye on your branches around the globe, sometimes general reports don't reveal the real hidden problems.

    Recommends
  10.  

    AVP - Middleware Specialist

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middleware Specialist in Knutsford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Middleware Specialist in Knutsford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    A competitive pay and very good benefits. I often get positive feedback from colleagues and customers, they acknowledge your skills and experience. Internal jobs available in case you get bored in your current role. I want to highlight the benefits, these are really good, lots of great benefits, support and employee discount.

    Cons

    There is a PD-game every year; just recently noticed management does not really care about what you achieve if they already decided your grade. This is not a great motivation. Same applies for carrier development. If you are looking for a relaxing job, you can get into a very stressing one where always there is a pressure on you to deliver service without any mistake. Making processes even more complicated and our (technical staff) life more difficult in the BAU work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In Cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Senior analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Great reputation and global company

    Cons

    Long working hour no other cons

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