Barclays Reviews

Updated 15 October 2014
Updated 15 October 2014
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Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some good people amidst a sea of people who've checked out; good work life balance (in 57 reviews)

  • Work environment is average, it's comparable to other large banks (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • no work life balance, no transparent perfomance rating system (in 18 reviews)

  • There have been increased senior management changes in recent years (in 26 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work and progress your career.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President - Internal Audit in London, England
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President - Internal Audit in London, England

    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
  2.  

    Good training & a well oiled machine

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

    I worked at Barclays full-time (more than an 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
  3.  

    Various roles: Great company to work for. Real chance of progression.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Various in Bexleyheath, England
    Former Employee - Various in Bexleyheath, England

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

    Pros

    Fantastic company to work for!
    Real progression opportunities and great way to start a career!
    If it hadn't been for me starting at the bank 4 years ago I wouldn't be where I am today (Mortgage consultant)

    Cons

    Challenging but very worthwhile, depending on your role some more training would be useful...
    Target driven environment has been disposed of which is a bit of a shame, now the targets are on the backburner....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that you started somewhere once and sometimes someone not hitting target isn't their fault.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    loved it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Call Cedntre Agent in Dartford, England
    Former Employee - Call Cedntre Agent in Dartford, England

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

    Pros

    I loved working for Barclays call centre,i worked for over 2 yars and it was friendly and being part of a big team as great

    Cons

    just making sure we did our jobs to the best of our ability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice apart from bringing back the call centres to England, people want to talk to people in england

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good employer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Collection Agent in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Collection Agent in Manchester, England

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

    Pros

    Great renumerations and benefits, good pay

    Cons

    Middle management have no Emotional Intelligence & no vision

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

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

    Pros

    Clarity and focus. Good career growth with internal movement options

    Cons

    Organisational challenges, much like any large corporate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The Most Innovative Retail Bank evolving into the true force for good for Customers and their local Communities.

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

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

    Pros

    Phenomenal Positive Change that will change the face of UK Retail Banking is taking place within Barclays Bank and it is definitely on the right track to become the most customer focused high street bank with the community spirit at its heart. Anthony Jenkins' vision for the brand is the right vision and should be mirrored by the rest of the high street banks.

    Cons

    I only wish some of the changes they are implementing within retail banking were implemented long before the recent crisis within the British banking system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with the progressive change whilst acknowledging and rewarding the genuinely customer focused contribution made by staff within the branch network.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    lI really love it here !

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic team and friendly people

    Cons

    Lots of hard work, but worth it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work hard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Challenging

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

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

    Pros

    The culture, the people and the opportunity

    Cons

    Weather was not very kind!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the transform!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Summer Intern - Client Coverage (Corporate Bank)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Coverage Intern in London, England
    Current Employee - Client Coverage Intern in London, England

    I have been working at Barclays as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture: Everyone is very willing to help and network with you. The projects I have been asked to do are both interesting and, I believe, of relative value to the firm. You aren't just asked to menial work, the opportunity to learn certainly exists. Though I will caveat that by saying the internship is what you make of it. If you are willing to ask for more challenging work, it will come.

    The work-life balance is very good. If you are interested in getting into banking but at the same time are concerned about early starts and late nights, the corporate side may be for you. Its much more of a "stay if you need to" type atmosphere; you'll be expected to do the work to a high quality, but provided that you are doing so, you have relative autonomy over the hours that you need to spend in the office. Though as an intern it would be advisable not to get in at nine and leave at five every day.

    The full time staff are also of a very high quality, and its possible to learn a lot from them

    In my experience the culture change at Barclays is not just lip service. The staff here take it very seriously and are committed to changing the perception of Barclays, but also are actively motivated to undertake charitable commitments.

    Cons

    The salary is not great (internship and grad scheme); it seems to pay below market rates.

    From what I understand the four areas of Barclays are still very sectioned. It doesn't seem like there is a lot of opportunity to move to other areas of the bank (investment/wealth/retail). Definitely not on the graduate scheme, though it seems rare in wider employment also.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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