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Barclays Reviews

Updated 18 August 2014
Updated 18 August 2014
547 Reviews

3.0
547 Reviews
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Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Head of Latin American Interest Rate and FX Valuations

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    You're pretty much left alone to direct your own career

    Cons

    Extremely limited opportunities within the firm. Can't keep its name out of the news

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Truly inspirational and groundbreaking.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The team is a major motivation, the benefits package which barclays provide is also outstanding

    Cons

    Some of the targets are out of reach as they set by colleagues who do not work in that particular sector, thus not understanding the challenges we face on a daily basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to understand your staff and the way they work. Dont just look at black and white figures, they do not describe an individual

  3.  

    Good work environment, good career growth opportunities, brand name, values based, good exposure based on your profile

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager - Global Business Transformation  in  Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager - Global Business Transformation in Chennai (India)

    Pros

    Employee concerned, good career growth for hard workers & good paying organization

    Cons

    Can't recollect any - none

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee recognition should be improved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Top bank undergoing restructure.

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    Current Employee - Quant Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Quant Analyst in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great history and great staff. Could be great again if restructure is done correctly.

    Cons

    Lost a lot of good people during the current restructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get on with the restructure and reduce uncertainty.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It was rich and rewarding experience with Barclays. Was there for two years and found that it offered a good platform.

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    Former Employee - Associate Vice President  in  Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Associate Vice President in Mumbai (India)

    Pros

    Wonderful Brand name. Excellent Working culture.

    Cons

    Their businesses exited a few countries while still doing well. This I felt was unusual strategy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Patience in Emerging Nations helps a ton. Need to be in business in such countries (India, Dubai, Russia) for longer duration to actually exploit the potential of business opportunity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very lucky experience with my team

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The structure of the Finance Graduate Program was ideal for a first job out of school, providing a well-rounded training curriculum and an opportunity to learn about all the different areas within in Finance. I can say that there was a recognition of the higher-performing graduate analysts, and that they were rewarded with the placements they sought out.

    Cons

    There is a lack of true cohesion among all teams not only inter-departmentally, but also within Finance itself. Many teams seek to "protect" themselves rather than all constructively work together toward a greater purpose. Collective morale also took a big blow with all the high, senior-level misdeeds and the associated bad press.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Working at Barclays is completely educational

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    Former Employee - Resourcing & Talent Manager  in  Cairo (Egypt)
    Former Employee - Resourcing & Talent Manager in Cairo (Egypt)

    Pros

    Barclays is very structural with a full set of policies and procedures. It is very helpful to find everything set and clear.

    Cons

    Environment is very competitive with a prejudice for grades among employees. Fluctuations of salary among same level. Barclays expansion was not well studied with defects in infrastructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to take small steps that are well studies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very good personal experience in small team but overall organization needs a great deal of work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    DIrect managers are extremely caring and a joy to work for. Flexibility, boss is extremely understanding of all outside factors. Work/Life Balance provides opportunity to focus on family life. Down to earth colleagues make for a collegial environment. Independence to build, own and manage processes lets you make what you want of your role.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, it takes forever to get an answer or an approval due to countless layers and endless mixed messaging. Extremely slow pace for anything.
    Compensation was flat out bad and promotion process is inconsistent. No focus improving, just a focus on cutting costs. Very volatile organization with no stability due to lots of layoffs and a revolving door of employees. Communication is lacking as folks make decisions in isolation. Directors sit with their doors closed and many colleagues ignore emails and do not return voicemails.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify, mitigate then eliminate the extreme bureaucracy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great! however was cut short due to company budget/job cuts!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros

    REAL worklife balance and committed to employee's welfare!

    Cons

    Nothing really minus the budget/job cuts!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to start a career in finance

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    Investment banking at Barclays provides a great learning experience for college graduates.

    Cons

    Compensation is never above the street.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance could improve if not the compensation, early promotions could help to retain talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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