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Barclays Reviews

Updated 15 December 2014
Updated 15 December 2014
621 Reviews
3.1
621 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.  

    not good place for structure

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    • 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

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    More interested in sales than customers

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    • 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
  3.  

    Good 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

    Pros

    Flexibility good pay diversity bonus

    Cons

    Culture, hierarchy, lack of progression opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its an empire building, playing the game culture, don't expect anything different.

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  5.  

    Low pay but great people to work with

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great team to work with, everyone was friendly and a relaxed atmosphere. There was scope to progress

    Cons

    We had to do overtime everyday so work/life balance was no so good. Low pay, no good benefits. Team leader has no leadership skills.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales and Trading

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - S&T in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - S&T in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Made me very uncomfortable, asked me to ask questions to the interviewer, made me sing a song

    Cons

    Horrible experience, trading is not meant for girls it seems according to them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on the culture of firm than the revenues of the firm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work and progress your career.

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    • 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
  8.  

    Good employer with a global footprint

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    • 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
  9.  

    Undergoing major changes in IT

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President In Technology in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Vice President In Technology in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    From an IT perspective Retail and Investment Bank have very different cultures.
    The Investment Bank was global, entrepreneurial and fully very high caliber engineers and management.
    The Retail bank is UK focused, much larger, and more bureaucratic.
    The consolidation of IT operations across Retail and IB means it is more retail, than IB.

    Cons

    Downsizing is never fun and morale is low.
    Entrepreneurial, driven IB culture has been replaced with sleepy, 9-5, retail mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back Bob Diamond

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to work for. Nice working culture based on its values

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    The work-life balance was fair enough and the training provided was adequate to start offering to the company quickly.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for promotion or career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  11.  

    A place where I progressed and learnt all I need to know about Investment Banking

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ops in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Ops in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Career mobility within the firm is highly encouraged to retain talents.

    Cons

    Bad press hitting the firm due to legacy issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on staffs' needs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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