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Barclays Reviews

Updated 23 January 2015
Updated 23 January 2015
645 Reviews
3.0
645 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.  

    Good company to work at

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Listen, able to give feedback and chance to move in your career

    Cons

    Culture within different parts of the organisation not working together

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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 (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
  3.  

    Alright for contract work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Personal Assistant in London, England
    Current Employee - Personal Assistant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly, working hours are good

    Cons

    Got hired through an agency so I dont get the same pay and benefits that my colleges do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (less than an 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
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    If you like pace..

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barclays as a contractor (less than an 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    good

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager
    Former Employee - Branch Manager

    I worked at Barclays full-time (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  11. 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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