Barclays Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
585 Reviews
3.0
585 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 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.  

    Very busy times with a lot of technical change delivery

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - I T
    Former Employee - I T

    I worked at Barclays full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Plenty to get involved in with good technical innovation and a friendly working environment. Performance management driven with staff reward based on performance. Good set of ethical values for a financial institution.

    Cons

    Poor project management and team silos. Too much red tape and brick walls are put in your way to hinder getting the job done rather than working as an extended team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognise the good people and practices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Corporate VP Front Office

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    Good benefits and career prospects. Below market average pay. Good culture and peer support. Continuous professional development supported and encouraged.

    Cons

    Hierarchical. Can be political and internally focussed. Very heavy governance and compliance requirements. Numerous reputation and legacy issues remain unresolved.

  3.  

    Good package if you are a strong performer, but you have to give up your personal life to get it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President - Risk in London, England
    Current Employee - Vice President - Risk in London, England

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, fast paced, challenging, lots of scope to move around

    Cons

    Constant threat of redundancy, extremely long hours, leadership levels have excessive amounts of politics and in fighting which gets in the way of them achieving the new vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a role model for the values rather than delegating down to others

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Trying to improve but struggling to get passed its silo-ed mentality

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    Former Employee - Customer Experience Designer in London, England
    Former Employee - Customer Experience Designer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Willingness to look at new ways of doing things to improve the customer offering with some bright and dedicated people

    Cons

    Silo-ed thinking and departmental politics slow down and frustrate the ability to make a difference with new ideas and ways of working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to ensure departments are working and collaborating on shared objectives that advance the customer proposition and avoid silo-ed behaviours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Started off all right...

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

    I worked at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Got to try out a few roles when I started, got some good experience and training, and (while not relevant to me) they supposedly allowed for a good work-life balance for working mums.

    Cons

    Change after change after change. Everyone was constantly ready for battle, knowing you'd be at risk every 6 months meant everyone was fighting against their colleagues, doing anything they can to make themselves look better. Projects regularly started and thrown aside, wasting time and money and killing motivation. Hoops to jump through at every stage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not a friendly atmosphere. If you like no life and money, heres the job for you

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays as an intern

    Pros

    The experience and knowledge was great to learn

    Cons

    The team never acted like a team. Don't get too friendly with the others just act professional

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Sad demise of Barclays

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Personal Banker in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Personal Banker in Birmingham, England

    I worked at Barclays part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Local to where I live,good part time hours,wonderful customers.

    Cons

    Company values have disappeared over the many years I worked for Barclays.I gave my all and they gave nothing back not even respect for my 38 years service.Not even a 'Happy retirement ' or 'Goodbye ' card.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become Human beings again and realise staff are Human beings too that have a life outside Barclays.Make Barclays a place to work that the staff can feel proud of and that is respected by customers.Put customer service first not sales like it used to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Contracting and culture not changing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in London, England
    Former Employee - Director in London, England

    I worked at Barclays full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Scale and opportunity to do different things

    Cons

    Actions do not match words when talk of values and changing culture. Workforce treated as resources in a short termist way rather than long term partners in achieving the corporate goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think beyond this budget in your planning and how you treat staff.

  10.  

    one confused organisation

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    Current Employee - Risk and Control in London, England
    Current Employee - Risk and Control in London, England

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

    Pros

    great people, talented people, beautiful offices and great facilities

    Cons

    volume of org changes, very confusing. over reliance on junior staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop changing structures and get out of bed from IB

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on a vast array of projects and equipment, Great workforce

    Cons

    Blame culture, a vast amount of time consuming processes that stop you from working efficiently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexibility needed, better training opportunities, less process driven work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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