Barclays Reviews

Updated 21 September 2014
Updated 21 September 2014
561 Reviews
3.0
561 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 50 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 24 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Trainer for Barclays bank

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    Former Employee - Training Consultant  in  Coventry, England
    Former Employee - Training Consultant in Coventry, England

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

    Pros

    Great development, had no experience in training delivery but was given every chance to grow and improve my skills and abilities. My managers in this area were the best I've ever had and it is a meritocracy so hard work pays off. Development plans are clear and achievable. Very nice and well equipped training venues as well. The most tech focused bank and are way ahead of the competition in most of these areas.

    Cons

    Overly complicated management structure where sometimes common sense cannot prevail as too many people need to be involved in a task. Although it is changing, the company is still very "Silo'd" - communication between departments is something that needs to be improved. Training department goes through many phases of displacements and restructures. Annual compensation not very good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many people are quick to use regulations to justify not cooperating with what you want, there are rules in place but there should be more emphasis on what actually can be done instead of stone walling each other

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England

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

    Pros

    a good company with lots of diverse people. good support management. share scheme is very good. lots of support form hr during iniation. senior guys know thier stuff and have worked thier way up the business

    Cons

    can be very competitve to get noticed. also hard to understand who does what becuase the company is so large. but if you are used to large corprate environments it should be fine. also good company benefits such as share scheme

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Strong company great opportunities for development and progress

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Barclays full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Strong culture, excellent training and great colleagues

    Cons

    Given the size of the organisation it can be a little slow to react - think oil tanker like

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    If you like pace..

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great exposure if you are willing to get around and meet people. Great head office and facilitates. Many people you meet, you will see again elsewhere.

    Cons

    Competitive environment not for everybody, but can be used as motivation if you are willing. Even seats were hard to come by when I was there..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management can connect by being seen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    good

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    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
  7.  

    Client Service Manager

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    Former Employee - Client Service Manager  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Client Service Manager in London, England

    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
  8.  

    It got slowly worse

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    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 for 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
  9.  

    Good Company to work, gain lots of experience

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England

    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
  10.  

    Good for CV

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    Current Employee - Personal Banker  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Personal Banker in London, England

    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

  11.  

    Culturally lacking

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    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

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