Barclays Reviews

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
555 Reviews

3.0
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Barclays Group CEO Antony Jenkins
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171 Ratings

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.  

    Good Employer

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

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

    Pros

    Good experienced staff, reasonable focus on L&D and excellent share incentive scheme for the employees.

    Cons

    A bit old school, people in same roles for a number of years - lacks innovations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more brave and less bureaucratic - There are more directors and MD's than required. Can easily do with loosing at least 20% of the work force in the back ops.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Although I had a rocky start, overall a good company to work for with good values and ethics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Harlow, England
    Former Employee - Cashier in Harlow, England

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

    Pros

    The possibility of career progression, good training systems and good benefits. Majority of people I worked with were friendly, helpful and supportive.

    Cons

    Frequent branch moves, no progression for me although I passed a personal banker assessment. Uncertainty of job security due to job cuts moving into self service branches etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't allow assessments to happen if they're aren't specific job roles to move into, or lengthen the timescale to find a specific job after passing an assessment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Like banging your head against a brick wall of bureaucracy on a daily basis

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager  in  London, England
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Good renumeration, benefits, great holiday & pension. Supportive management. Nice offices.

    Cons

    Very difficult to turn ideas into actions, was always a struggle to get things to happen.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    excellent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Pros

    Good sick leave, handsome salary

    Cons

    good benefits, incentives, staff discounts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Respect the person and not the job role

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst, Information Technology  in  Knutsford, England
    Current Employee - Analyst, Information Technology in Knutsford, England

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

    Pros

    Working with a global workforce
    Potential for training
    Potential for progression
    Lots to learn

    Cons

    Too much politics
    Issues (widespread) take too long to get resolved due to the amount of teams normally needed to be involved.
    Unable to accommodate flexible working
    Inconsistent following of policies
    Get fobbed off when you actually have an issue
    Inability to commit to long term plans.
    Very over managed within the role
    Push back on following processes correctly.
    Too much to learn about - makes it difficult to easily share knowledge in team and external to team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that a colleague doesn't need to be subjected to

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Absolutely terrible

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    Former Employee - Customer Advisor  in  Middlesbrough, England
    Former Employee - Customer Advisor in Middlesbrough, England

    I worked at Barclays full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It's nice to say you work for a top bank

    Cons

    They almost seem to target Managers for sacking people. Terrible environment. Charge people for a cup of tea. No flexibility regarding sickness - 3 strikes and you're out. Use of poor recruitment agencies, so people coming onboard were useless.... where should I end this list - I could keep going for hours?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Firstsource - your customers are your income stream, and they are mismanaging their accounts. Your Managers leave confidential documents lying around the building. Your employees live under constant threat of redundancy.

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

    Awful, do not come here

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

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

    Pros

    Money is good, Canary Wharf is pleasant, there are some good individuals

    Cons

    The worst kind of investment bankers, especially in IT... Team work is unheard of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shut down... The place is toxic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    The worst experience I have ever had in my life

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    Former Employee - Personal Banker  in  Liverpool, England
    Former Employee - Personal Banker in Liverpool, England

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

    Pros

    The paid me on time and sometimes early if it was a weekend but the staff incentives for having accounts had been lowered over the years.

    Cons

    Bullying managers at branch level.I almost had a breakdown due to the pressure put on me.Targets and profits is all they are interested in.Even when it was raised as high as I could go nothing changed.I met some great people who had suffered at the hand of this this "go to bank."variation management" is another word for measuring your sales targets. The new moral high ground which was supposed to change the whole bank has not changed a thing.My friends who still work there are the people I feel really bad for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Call sales targets what they are, consider rooting out the bad sales type mangers who have little or no management skills other then threatening to put you on an improvement plan if you don't sell more, Treat your staff better and the staff would be more productive.There is an underlying culture of fear and the behinds the scenes back patting is evident to everybody who works there.You tend to hire people based on who you like and the politics involved.The new moral code you have will be useless if you don't root out the large percentage of the management who seek to protect themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A truly awful culture; political, blame, "jobs for the boys/girls" - avoid at all costs

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    Former Employee - Director, Operations  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Director, Operations in London, England

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

    Pros

    Money - they have to pay high end to get anyone to work there
    Benefits - the pension, insurance and stock options are pretty good
    mmmm that's it

    Cons

    Senior Management know they are fighting a losing cause so surround themselves with "yes" people and pull up the drawbridge.
    Presentee-ism culture - and backward looking - they block the use of Social media in this day and age!!!
    Execution driven and cant stick to a plan, strategy...analysis and forward thinking are non existent
    Huge distrust between Management and middle ranks
    There own self defined definition of "Talent" is "The top 200" or "SLG" - nothing else matters and forget the notion of talent rising through the ranks - they just buy in at the top. Even supported by what is well known to be the worst HR Management in FTSE.
    CEO is slowly smothering the cash cow Investment Bank rather that re-structure the company properly.
    The "culture change" programme has been a flop - C suite think by "sheep dipping" 100,000 employees through a 2 hour culture session it will change the company's culture!!!
    Have a look at the Salz Review and see how Barclays has missed nearly every target set for sustainable change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a vision that isn't just about appeasing regulators and stick to it!
    Value and understand your people - you just don't and the current HR are incapable of this.
    Change your HRLT; they are a laughing stock in the City and climbing over each other to curry favour with C suite rather than attract, retain, develop and reward Talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    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 for 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.

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