Barclays Reviews

Updated 8 April 2015
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  1. Review for barcap capital

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays full-time

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Known Investment bank
    Good on your resume

    Cons

    not stable
    Hire and fire culture

  2. Helpful (3)

    Not good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barclays

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is better to work for Barclays overseas, rather than in India. In US/UK, the company has a decent brand name, and benefits from a strong local leadership team in the major geographies that it operates in. Conservative in its market posturing, it is doing reasonably well from a financial and strategy points of view.

    Cons

    In India, the main issue for Barclays is terrible leadership. Lack of transparency, ethics, professionalism. Performance appraisal is simply an eye-wash. Ratings and bonus are not determined by (a) the quality of work you do (b) the value you have generated for the company, but by other factors (read nepotism, cronyism, bias). HR best practices and leadership best practices are routinely flouted, because you can get away with the same. There is a tremendous culture of change resistance, innovation simply cannot happen because it will either be stalled because of vested interests, or, because leadership support will not be there. Strategy and management changes too frequently. Inadequate technical training for high end, high skill jobs.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Average

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Less demanding and Generous leave policy (30 annual leaves + sick leave). People agenda, Recommend for people looking for retired lifestyle

    Cons

    Low on values and talent. Lack of responsibility flows from the top. Projects get delayed every time and no one is responsible. Slow paced. Frequent changes at management level which reflects in regular changes to vision and strategy. This is not the place for ambitious people it could be very frustrating. Terrible work culture and no openness to learn from other banks. Too much importance for people agenda

    Advice to Management

    Take initiative, have clear vision and strategy, lead from the front, recognize talent and give importance to genuine contribution, veterans suck

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  5. Barclays Technology Center Pune

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Pune
    Current Employee - Analyst in Pune

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Nice salary levels for a location like Pune
    2. Good Infrastructure

    Cons

    1. No work life balance
    2. Salary on offer is not the same as what is on the payslip.
    3. HR Management is almost non-existent here and they have no empathy towards the employees.

    Advice to Management

    None

  6. Helpful (1)

    illiteracy rate at management level is 100%

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Barclays as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    an example of a bad management.

    Cons

    will be treated like a layman. May be even worse.

    Advice to Management

    get educated at least to a higher secondary level. recruit management level people who behave like literates

  7. Barclays should be named as TAMILAYS in Pune

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Analyst in Pune
    Current Employee - Test Analyst in Pune

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pros – good amount of leaves
    pay on par with industry

    Cons

    Cons – no onsite
    no transparency
    appraisal process is not clear (totally dependent on ur relationship with manager)
    not much learning in work
    i fell i am working in SOUTH INDIA.....

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Senior Management – be more transparent in appraisal process and maintain consistency in pay packages of existing employees and lateral employees.
    Please don't be so racial by giving preference to Tamil.
    Higher Managers which has some BRAIN and they support people rather taking small thing personally

  8. Helpful (5)

    BTCI Pune

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Lead (B4) in Pune
    Former Employee - Technical Lead (B4) in Pune

    I worked at Barclays full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    1) good salary. around 20% more than market salary(if you have negotiated during HR discussion)
    2)Work from home option sometimes when you need
    3) flexible work hour
    4) year end bonus of 10% if you have got average and good rating

    Cons

    1) Work pressure. similar type of work on daily basis -so no growth
    2) Work from home does not mean you will be working less. This is the catch to provide you laptop and blackberry and burden you on work
    3) No transparent process in Appraisal. so lobby/oiling works. so tjose who are well politically stay here for long term
    4) No promotion . the role on which you have joined you will have to work on same role and no defined process to move to next level
    5) Whatever a 2yr guy does in support even a 10 yr B4 will do same work and when rating is provided manager has lot of point to tell what you have done when a 2 yr guy is doing what u also are doing
    6) no onsite. if u get a one/2 week onsite then it is a loss for you. as there is no per diem amount. whatever u spent at onsite they will provide the same amount once u provide the bill and same money u will get in 2 months.
    7) any monetary claim amount is paid after a month or more(45 days around SLA time)
    8) some manager who have joined 2-3 yr back does not want to switch job as they are getting paid very good salary and for them no work. just co-ordinate and bother the technical people

    9) You can not escalate anything to HR as it looks like HR process is there just to recruit the people and have 2 days of induction
    10) No internal position change as your current manager does not release you
    11) firing at singapore center - so no job security
    12) Some managers tries to bully you

    Advice to Management

    1)Define the exp level and promote the people to next role
    2) set the objective and expectation of employee and work with them to grow rather than their carrer becoming stagnant here

  9. Non Visionary approach of bank & no Role of HR in company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in New Delhi
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in New Delhi

    I worked at Barclays full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Best salary package compared to industry

    Cons

    NO work culture , only sycophancy can survive you , individual is given high priority than company.

    Advice to Management

    Please have some long term vision & align the team's mission & action as per the vision. No Vision means No result.

  10. Good for Money but lots of politics and not quiet favourable environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Pune
    Current Employee - Analyst in Pune

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay, and a good brand.

    Cons

    Environment is bit boaring and will not find something lot technical or challenging. So, techie junkies should stay away

    Advice to Management

    Process has made things obselete, things should be a bit more work oriented.

  11. Overall, Unprofessional people, especially in support functions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Investment Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Senior Investment Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I have been working at Barclays full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The DIFC location is good enough and there is little (productive) work and that is about all there is to it.

    Cons

    As far as wealth, investments and overall business is concerned, this place is nearly finished. There is absolutely no focus and the work environment is as unprofessional as it can get. The support functions like admin, communications, events, etc. are full of incompetent people who do not know a word of Arabic and draw hefty salaries and generally waste their own and everyone else’s time playing dirty politics and justifying their crazy salaries. Bulk of the top management like John, Richard, and all the great guys have already moved on. UK management has no time to look into what’s going on here and the communication coming across to us is miserable and a total sham. Most people are just waiting to get the next best offer and jump ship and no one really belongs or has any clear idea of what’s going on. We are headed for a big disaster here.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your core business. Do a person to person salary versus business contribution analysis! Look at the salaries, qualifications, contribution and ethics of people in the other indirect/support functions who are weighing us down and dragging us behind. There are rumor mills running aplenty and they are being created to protect certain individuals and teams. The messages and indications we are getting are not good. At this rate there will be nothing left. This is not the way things were a few years ago. Ask yourself why your most competent people are leaving / have left already and the most incompetent staying back? Focus on competent employment / retention to help build a better business, better business relations and people communications.

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