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Barclays Reviews

Updated 23 February 2015
Updated 23 February 2015
123 Reviews
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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.  

    Typical large corporate environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Starting salaries and package tends to be good.
    Lots of internal opportunities.
    Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Very political culture.
    Masses of bureaucracy make it very difficult to get things done.
    Very poorly defined processes make the organisation very inefficient.
    While starting salaries tend to be good, increases over time are poor.
    Job satisfaction is low, as is morale.
    Communication is very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the operating model.
    Improve access to information.
    Empower the workforce.
    Change the political culture.
    Communicate more effectively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good while it lasted, chaos at the end ...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Director in London, England

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

    Pros

    It's British & headquarters in London, which has advantages if you are based in London.
    Can be interesting

    Cons

    Most difficult place to get anything done of any place I've worked - big or small. Big negative outlooks from individuals.
    Poor HR
    Pay has got weaker comparatively

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a strategy and stick to it.
    When doing redundancies, don't just get rid of anyone who questions or thinks. You are turning into a 'Yes-man' shop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great bank but badly managed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Head of Department in London, England
    Current Employee - Head of Department in London, England

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Really good people working in this entity

    Cons

    Salary, global strategy and leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A Bank can not be managed with short term strategy. Hope that with the new SIF requirement this is going to improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointed

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Private healthcare, bonus, plenty of career opportunities if you seek them.

    Cons

    Poor communication, some employees seem to work very long hours, lots of services have been outsourced, IT isn't the best, poor management, office culture, annual leave allowance isn't amazing, the lifts get ridiculously busy at peak times!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    HR Chaos

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Pay and Bens competitive when compared to other Retail Banks. Good restaurant facilities. Flexible working and good lifestyle balance.

    Cons

    Poor senior HR management, more focussed on their own careers and bonuses than changing HR in a positive way. HR changes that are implemented are badly conceived, reactionary and rarely effective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    More interested in sales than customers

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    • 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
  8.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cashier

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of customer interaction, good way to join the ladder, ideal for school leavers

    Cons

    Very sales focused, not paid for hours above and beyond the branch working hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your cashiers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    It got slowly worse

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Counter Manager in Chippenham, South West England, England
    Former Employee - Counter Manager in Chippenham, South West England, England

    I worked at Barclays part-time (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culturally lacking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Barclays full-time (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

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