Barclays

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Barclays Reviews

Updated 31 January 2015
Updated 31 January 2015
652 Reviews
3.0
652 Reviews
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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 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.  

    AVP

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    good compensation, good reputation, smart ppl

    Cons

    really bad culture. too corporate and insecure approach from employees. not an ideal environment to learn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on employee satisfaction and promote a better team environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Nice colleagues, dreadful management

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    Current Employee - Cashier
    Current Employee - Cashier

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Barclays definitely hire a 'type' for the branches- bubbly, friendly etc so you always find someone you can get along with

    Cons

    The self service machines have made a cashier's life hell. One till for ALL business customers and transactions over 750.00 is a joke. I worked in a self service bench for 5 days before handing in my notice. Customers (rightly) hate the new style and therefore set about making a cashiers life hell because they're miserable.
    Also- giving cashiers a 4% max pay rise for this is laughable. I'm going to a job which will increase my salary by 20%, better hours and paid overtime.
    Overtime-a paid working day in Barclays is 9-5 with 1 hour lunch.Fine on paper but you are required to be at branch by 8.30am latest and are never paid overtime despite rarely leaving before 5.30PM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your cashiers a living wage and don't patronise them by using a fancy job title. Try spending a 9 hour day on a till in a self service branch and smiling at closing time. Please reconsider the 1 till per branch rule, it is beyond realistic!

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

    Ok

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays

    Pros

    Very professional environment. Lots of friends. Good on the job training. Performance rewards ok.

    Cons

    Pay was low. It was challenging to gain promotion. Lots of pressure on sales, sales, sales. Managers a bit indifferent sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review Pay.

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  5.  

    Disappointed

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    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  

    good work life balance

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    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    stable job, comfortable working hours, public sector service culture

    Cons

    no prospects for growth based on merit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look around in other younger industries and import people from there

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great interview and really friendly people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Advisor in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Customer Advisor in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    Communication and relevant questions. In detail description

    Cons

    Length and difficulty ! Also far from job that applied for

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall a good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Contractor in London, England
    Current Employee - Contractor in London, England

    I have been working at Barclays as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Repeat contracts during my time at Barclays

    Cons

    A large turnover of staff during my time at Barclays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investment Bank would like to see the return of Bob Diamond or an Investment Banker at the head

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good training

    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in London, England
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in London, England

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

    Pros

    Strong values, above standard training, friendly co-workers

    Cons

    canteen can sometimes be expensive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assimilate interns to teams aligned with their skills and interests and not just to available teams

  10.  

    An environment that is stuck to convention - junior Director level utterly resistant to change and improvement.

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    Former Employee - B6 (Senior Manager) in London, England
    Former Employee - B6 (Senior Manager) in London, England

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

    Pros

    Compensation is ok and some of the senior management are extremely good.

    Cons

    What senior executives want to achieve and change, is halted by a bureaucratic layer of institutional lethargy and denial. The junior Director level is overpopulated with individuals who are simply hanging on for a pension. The Bank is constantly trying to change and evolve, but is continually dragged back by dinosaurs who don't like to be held to account - the culture remains: 'bowler hats and typewriters'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear out the middle (B7) level and nurture talent. Create an environment where ideas and initiative are embraced rather than actively suppressed. Regional capability needs to be brought into the centre with more collaboration - its no wonder certain BUs are so militant and separatist! I had the opportunity to progress in the bank but left as my spirit was being crushed. The RBB cluster's reputation for churn is well known, and people who have conformed in that environment struggle when they leave..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Rubbish

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    Current Employee - Customer Services Officer in London, England
    Current Employee - Customer Services Officer in London, England

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

    Pros

    No Pros at all as everything is Cons

    Cons

    Everything is Cons and no pros at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look out for some other jobs as Barclays' ship is sinking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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