Barclays Reviews

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
555 Reviews

3.0
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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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  1.  

    Performance Oriented Culture

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Barclays gives a very good base salary and comprehensive benefits. There is free medical coverage and some dental coverage. A transportation allowance is also given.

    Cons

    There is a lack of cohesiveness in the corporate culture. Business groups are rather siloed and there is a lack of cooperation between them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Much can be done to improve the corporate culture to breed a sense of togetherness and trust in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A good place to work if your face fits or if you don't want to develop your career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A steady work environment with some really good people. Benefits are reasonable with an excellent pension. A great name to have on your CV as people recognise that if you can work at Barclays you can work anywhere.

    Cons

    Career advancement depends more on who you drink with than your ability. The importance of company values is emphasised by senior management but their behaviour does not display them. Prospects for career development are very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop measuring success by revenue... Measure profit. Don't just talk about values, display them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Truly inspirational and groundbreaking.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    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

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  5.  

    Good package if you are a strong performer, but you have to give up your personal life to get it

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    Current Employee - Vice President - Risk  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President - Risk in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, fast paced, challenging, lots of scope to move around

    Cons

    Constant threat of redundancy, extremely long hours, leadership levels have excessive amounts of politics and in fighting which gets in the way of them achieving the new vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a role model for the values rather than delegating down to others

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Trying to improve but struggling to get passed its silo-ed mentality

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    Former Employee - Customer Experience Designer  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Experience Designer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Barclays as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Willingness to look at new ways of doing things to improve the customer offering with some bright and dedicated people

    Cons

    Silo-ed thinking and departmental politics slow down and frustrate the ability to make a difference with new ideas and ways of working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to ensure departments are working and collaborating on shared objectives that advance the customer proposition and avoid silo-ed behaviours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Top bank undergoing restructure.

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

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

    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
  8.  

    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)

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

    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
  9.  

    Very lucky experience with my team

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays

    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
  10.  

    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)

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

    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
  11.  

    Time to leave barcap

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Barclays full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Used to be a good place to work with smart people, although it went nose down after the libor news

    Cons

    The entire place git Really messed up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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