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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great career move, poor life choice

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Barclays full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Resources to do great equity research, decent pay and if you're in the right group, it's a meritocracy. The pay at one point was good but with all of the scandals bonuses get cut with regularity.

    Cons

    The HR system is abysmal, management does not care about its employees and morale could not be worse. Everyone at the company got their bonuses cut during recent scandals despite being in completely different operating groups. Furthermore, nothing ever happened to those involved, they had already left the firm. Also, the pay discrepancy between your superior and yourself is massive. For example, my former boss made over 20x my salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be fewer people in management who care only about themselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company to work, gain lots of experience

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

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

    Pros

    Good range of projects, to gain lots of experience
    Good people, very friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Very long hours
    Training needs to be improve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication to it's employee's

    Recommends
  3.  

    Good for CV

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

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

    Pros

    Good name to work for
    Friendly people to work with which makes it better

    Cons

    Company don't have a clue what direction they are going
    Too many focus and changes

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  5.  

    Culturally lacking

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good locations for offices and staff benefits are pretty standard for the banking industry; most staff are competent and pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    Management are lacking in moral fibre - caring more about their own bonus than about their staff and the people around them. Minimal flexible working and offices and working practices are dated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff more and give them the autonomy to address the problems without constant second guessing; invest in technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Barclays as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    It provided me a great global exposure

    Cons

    There are no Benefits - health, paid leaves etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Branch Manager
    Former Employee - Branch Manager

    I worked at Barclays full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    flexible management, firendly environment to work in nice people to work with in retail environment

    Cons

    sales. can be under staffed in retail. long hourrs when things go wrong, sometimes not allowed to claim expenses if not pre approved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    concentrate on service not sales in retail

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Client Service Manager

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

    I worked at Barclays full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Knowledge of various Barclays Products
    Relationship Management
    Stakeholder Management

    Cons

    Set rules, hard to deviate from processes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good corporate culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Documentation Analyst  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Documentation Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    No micromanagement, good facilities, work-life balance - lots of extra sporty classes, self-improvement skill classes

    Cons

    flat hierarchy makes it difficult for pay increments and position growth

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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

  11.  

    Good training & a well oiled machine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Analyst  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Adequate remuneration, excellent hygiene factors (offices), good training and good trainers and they did actually spend a lot of time on the "culture change"/"values" change.
    I was also very impressed with the clarity of the organisational structure and responsibilities. I was always clear what to do and who to deliver results to and was confident when handing over to other team.

    Cons

    Little or no opportunities outside of London (1CP), average bonus payments (as % of base).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't worry so much about the media impression, continue to drive meritocracy and create more opportunity in regional hubs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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