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Barclays Reviews

Updated 26 November 2014
Updated 26 November 2014
608 Reviews
3.1
608 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.  

    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 (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
  2.  

    Some smart people with great intentions but there's a mountain to climb...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The talent (in the areas where you can find it) can rival that of the best banks in the City. Those who are engaged are sincere and hard-working, and there is plenty to sink your teeth into if you like a challenge and can see your value-add. Staff are friendly and want to help. CEO has also made a good start with re-emphasising core professional values at every level.

    Cons

    Staff who want to help don't know how, leaving a few people carrying a lot of the load. Better investment in resources (salary, training and career development) is needed. Although there are a lot of great ideas, there is seldom enough time given to implement; changing direction is fairly commonplace, leading to constant upheaval and a sense that management is reacting instead of planning. IT systems need better cohesion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commit to a strategy and hold SENIOR management accountable for its primary deliveries. Significantly adjust compensation structure in critical support areas relative to the rest of the bank (you are insulating the wrong people). Keep the new values in focus.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
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  5.  

    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 (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
  6.  

    Good for CV

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    • 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 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

  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    Truly inspirational and groundbreaking.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Pros

    The team is a major motivation, the benefits package which barclays provide is also outstanding

    Cons

    Some of the targets are out of reach as they set by colleagues who do not work in that particular sector, thus not understanding the challenges we face on a daily basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to understand your staff and the way they work. Dont just look at black and white figures, they do not describe an individual

  9.  

    Good training & a well oiled machine

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    • 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
  10.  

    Top bank undergoing restructure.

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

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

    Pros

    Great history and great staff. Could be great again if restructure is done correctly.

    Cons

    Lost a lot of good people during the current restructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get on with the restructure and reduce uncertainty.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very busy times with a lot of technical change delivery

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    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

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