Barclays
3.1 of 5 425 reviews
www.barclays.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Barclays Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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75% Approve of the CEO

Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins

Antony Jenkins

(111 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Blocked from progress because of race

Client Services (Current Employee)
London, England

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

ProsGood on your CV
Work life balance is fine in my area

ConsCurrently short-staffed. For the past month 2 of us doing what 5 people normally did. There have been instances where I have been the only person on the desk.
There is still a glass ceiling for blacks. People get blocked multiple times from promotions..not even allowed to interview, or have to watch less talented relatives of long-serving staff members move up above them.
Pay is very low in my area of corporate banking compared to the market...cases where people on graduate programme getting almost double what people with 20 yrs experience who train them get.
Bullying culture is allowed to thrive by a network of lifers determined to slow the progress of those around them in line with their whims and fancies. They have contacts everywhere (HR are not confidential) so you either have to make your mind up to go to tribunal or straight to the top, threatening publicity. I have seen at least a dozen people bullied out of the business in my time here.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you are really serious about changing the culture tackle the bullying and targetting still prevalent in the corporate bank.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Business Analyst (Current Employee)
London, England

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

Prosgood social scene and opportunity to work for a good company

Conspoor pay rewards and lack of promotion

Advice to Senior Managementincrease pay to recognise hard work

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internship salary

Intern (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Barclays part-time for less than a year

Prosgood work team and good people

Consbad communication and low pay

Advice to Senior Managementbe more open to employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Company Politics

Mortgage Adviser (Current Employee)
London, England

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

ProsBrand, History, Past, Cannot think of any more.

ConsLost Ethos after the libor issue/ fines, no clear direction on the future growth.

Advice to Senior ManagementReward loyalty, Pay internal for promotion better and fairer.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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HR Director

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
London, England

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

ProsStrong pay for performance ethic albeit that non-tranparent/discretionary bonuses meant you didnt actually know from one year to the next how you'd be paid. Some areas had strong HR leadership and direction. Knows where it wants to go but is too big to get there

ConsConstant management (and therefore agenda) change. Revolving door for good quality people due to personal issues rather than delivery of work. No ethics. Mates rates for bonus levels. Not honesty or integrity around decision making. Strongly hierarchical.

Advice to Senior ManagementSpeak to your teams, let them understand how decisions are made and walk the talk around honesty and integrity. We read how they want to change the organisation but reality is there is little or no drive to do it at senior management levels as they're all paid big money and it wont change until someone clears out the old guard and brings in people who genuinely want to change

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Bureaucracy gone mad

Information Technology - GTIS (Former Employee)
London, England

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

ProsGreat pension and flexible benefits (sickness, holiday especially at 30 days). Buildings are light and modern. Well defined lines of responsibility.

ConsToo much red tape. Too many people who think their role is to preserve the status quo. Too much focus on immediate results to the detriment of any future planning.

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a strategy for how technology fits within the business and deliver it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fawlty towers

Director (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at Barclays full-time for more than 8 years

ProsCareer options whilst the bank was in a growth phase (until 2007)

Conspolitics,mediocricity, fear, dont do anything remotely proactive

Advice to Senior Managementstay on at whatever cost. It would be hard for you to find any other place for yourselves

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Okay

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Barclays full-time

ProsNice offices, building is designed so that employers never want to leave, open plan so easy to liaise with other employees, excellent benefits

ConsSalary is pretty bad as is bonus for B4 and below

Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A Letdown for Rising Talent

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGood base pay, interesting opportunities and projects.

ConsPoor management structure and lacking in ability to manage expectations well.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Outbound Sales at Barclays Bank

Account Consultant (Current Employee)
Sunderland, North East England, England

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

ProsBetter money than some similar jobs. Colleagues tend to be nice and easy to get along with.Gives people a grounding in sales.

ConsTreated like a robot, very little autonomy or respect. Little to no line of progression, unless you are there for 5+yrs. Very little support from the vast majority of management,

Advice to Senior ManagementUpgrade IT systems and give autonomy back to regular workers, remove competitive nature between different channels.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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