Barclays Reviews

Updated 27 September 2014
Updated 27 September 2014
568 Reviews
3.0
568 Reviews
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Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins
Antony Jenkins
180 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some good people amidst a sea of people who've checked out; good work life balance (in 56 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 25 reviews)

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  1.  

    If you like pace..

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great exposure if you are willing to get around and meet people. Great head office and facilitates. Many people you meet, you will see again elsewhere.

    Cons

    Competitive environment not for everybody, but can be used as motivation if you are willing. Even seats were hard to come by when I was there..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management can connect by being seen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company for a spring week

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    Broad overview of all businesses and plenty of opportunity to branch out

    Cons

    The 5 values things is a massive gimmick that everyone but HR has realised is not serious

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Positive In a tough market

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Director in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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

    Pros

    CEO Jenkins strategy to refocus the bank along stronger values has been a positive for moral and a real game changer in making barclays the "go-to" bank.

    Cons

    Head count reductions is making internal promotions opportunities more difficult in the near term

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Relaxed environment in ops dept

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    Former Employee - Operations Analyst  in  Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Jersey City, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Relax, no pressure, relatively good pay and benifits

    Cons

    Career path unclear. Aggressive outsourcing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many scandals happened recently

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Some smart people with great intentions but there's a mountain to climb...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The talent (in the areas where you can find it) can rival that of the best banks in the City. Those who are engaged are sincere and hard-working, and there is plenty to sink your teeth into if you like a challenge and can see your value-add. Staff are friendly and want to help. CEO has also made a good start with re-emphasising core professional values at every level.

    Cons

    Staff who want to help don't know how, leaving a few people carrying a lot of the load. Better investment in resources (salary, training and career development) is needed. Although there are a lot of great ideas, there is seldom enough time given to implement; changing direction is fairly commonplace, leading to constant upheaval and a sense that management is reacting instead of planning. IT systems need better cohesion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commit to a strategy and hold SENIOR management accountable for its primary deliveries. Significantly adjust compensation structure in critical support areas relative to the rest of the bank (you are insulating the wrong people). Keep the new values in focus.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    good work life balance

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    good work life balance good work life balance

    Cons

    more stability in jobs, transport facility

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    High and Lows

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President, Human Resources  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President, Human Resources in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Really talented and all-around great people (for now).

    Cons

    Very political - progress is slow and changes are usually too little too late. Lots of turnover - losing good talent due to frustration with the organization. HR promotion process makes no sense - is not based on meritocracy and contributions - and compensation is weak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just focus on cost-cutting and creating efficiencies - foster a company culture that makes people feel valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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