Meet our people
An unexpected opportunity. A spark of collaboration. That sense of pride when your hard work pays off. It’s these kinds of moments that will define your experience at Barclays. We’ll let our people tell you about theirs.
I’m Lauren. I’m an Associate in the Natural Resources Group and I’ve been with Barclays for a little over a year.
In deciding where to start my career as an investment banker post-MBA, I really wanted to find a place that I could see myself long term and for me, Barclays was undoubtedly that place.
One of the things I really enjoy about working at Barclays is the collaborative nature. I remember during my summer, my staffer called me into his office at about 4:00pm on a Thursday and asked me if I had capacity to work on a deal that had a very short deadline. The deal team consisted of myself as the Summer Associate, a Summer Analyst, an Associate, a V.P., a Director and a Managing Director. All of us worked together through the night to get the work done by 10:00am the next morning and we ended up finishing it just in time.
It wasn’t like the senior bankers dropped all the work off on the juniors’ desk and said, “We need to have this done by 10:00am,” but rather it was all of us working together, dividing and conquering to really finish strong and get the deal done.
Once we had met the deadline, the Managing Director brought us coffee and breakfast and sent us all home for the rest of the day to get some rest. He was really pleased with all the work that we had done and recognized the fact that we had put in some long hours.
One of the other things that really drew me to Barclays was the number of successful women I met.
They were women who have great careers and also have families, husbands, kids and interests outside of their day-to-day work life. And that was something that really drew me to Barclays.
During my Summer Internship, I had a senior mentor who worked in Debt Capital Markets. We formed a really great relationship throughout my summer. We kept our relationship through my second year of business school. I came back full-time and was fortunate enough to get a spot in Debt Capital Markets working with my mentor. It was phenomenal to not only have a mentor but also be able to work alongside her.
People always ask, “What’s the culture like at Barclays?” There’s something really special going on here. You feel it when you walk through the door, you feel it in the elevators. Everyone’s really working together. It’s a team and I think that is the best description I can give you of the culture here.
I started at Barclays in 2009 as a summer analyst in Global Markets. Upon graduation from Rutgers University, I returned full-time to one of my rotation groups, Asia Ex-Japan Equity Sales, just as Barclays was beginning to build out the Asian equities platform. As a generalist salesperson, I covered seven markets across all sectors, but I was especially drawn to Technology and Internet. In 2014, I transitioned into banking and joined the Technology, Media and Telecommunication (TMT) group, where I am currently an Associate. The past year has been incredibly rewarding and I’ve had the opportunity to work on some fantastic deals.
Joining Barclays meant that I would be one of the founding members of a brand new business built from the ground up.
Our Asian equities group had the unique position of being a start-up within an established franchise. During my four years on the desk I had the chance to work with some of the most seasoned salespeople on the Wall Street and the mentorship I received was crucial to my transition into banking.
As an associate, my day-to-day responsibilities are to work closely with the analyst and to manage the workflow process. I take a divide-and-conquer approach to my projects. While the analyst is setting up the model, I might sketch out specific pages that we would want to show the client, based on input from the senior bankers and VP, and start putting together a shell. Then I might hop to another project where I’m responsible for the model.
My most meaningful project so far was advising our client, a US media company, on its acquisition of a controlling stake in a Polish television broadcaster. The cross-border nature added complexity to the deal, but it was ultimately what made it so interesting. As the lead advisor, Barclays helped the client to make its second foray into Europe and establish a foothold in EMEA. As a result, we have an even stronger relationship with the client and I feel personally accomplished now that they occasionally reach out to me directly when they need something.
The best part of my journey with Barclays so far has been the internal career mobility and the people that have supported me along the way. My managers have allowed me a great deal of autonomy in my work.
I think that this is crucial in a person’s professional development – the ability to take risks and be responsible for the outcomes.
Just look at my experience.
I was first exposed to the industry when I interned at Lehman Brothers as a sophomore in 2006 and then again as a junior in 2007. I started full time right out of undergrad in the summer of 2008. My first job was on the US Economics Research team, where I stayed until 2011 when I made the transition to Equity Research. My background in macro analysis enabled me to pursue an opportunity within the education and business services sector. After two years, I requested to be transferred to the Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) team focused on the energy sector, where I have been since. My job is to have an opinion on each stock I cover and advise my clients to buy, sell or hold those stocks. I form my opinions through in-depth analysis, which includes reading company filings, reading industry reports, speaking with the CEOs and CFOs of the covered companies, speaking with industry contacts, putting together financial models, etc. I communicate my opinions through my estimates, written reports and conversations with clients as well as salespeople.
In my two years in the MLPs team, I have been involved in 14 initial public offerings (IPOs). The IPO process is special because it allows an analyst to have extensive access to management and company information that may be very difficult to come by otherwise. Helping to take these companies public has been a rewarding experience.
I chose to work at Barclays because of the people. You hear it so many times that you almost become numb to its importance, but it’s true. I really believed the people I would be joining cared about my success and career development and felt that I could add incremental value. Plus colleagues have respect for each other.
The thing I value most about working here is the ability to make change and that’s something you can’t find at most other organizations. In my business, we have a Human Capital Program that acts as a platform upon which employees of every rank have the opportunity to speak and engage each other equally, without regard to tenure or title.
For an age-old institution to allow ideas and initiatives to travel from the bottom up, that is a gem of a characteristic.
Would you rather join as the bottom rung of a very tall ladder at another organization or join a team that is in the midst of transforming their organization into a better place to work with ideas and initiatives driven from the bottom up? I know where I want to be.
I am fortunate enough not to have typical day-to-day responsibilities. Depending on the time of year, junior analysts get to juggle a number of the following responsibilities at any given time: updating models post-earnings, analyzing the financial implications of rumored and/or announced mergers and acquisitions, publishing reports on material market-moving news and figuring out how to best present information most effectively to clients via charts, graphs, tables, models, etc.
The most rewarding part of my role is the constant positive feedback. Feedback can come from sales and trading for driving trades or engaging clients through publishing idea generating pieces, from my managers for executing value-adding work or directly from clients for helping them identify value.
Barclays is an incredibly collegial environment that quickly integrates new members of the team. You aren’t just another number here, you are part of the larger team and people recognize that on a daily basis. Barclays’ size, international footprint and breadth of product offerings provided the best platform to launch my career.
As a member of several deal teams within the Healthcare group at any given time, I help prepare and oversee an assortment of client materials and processes. Whether it be providing our perspectives on potential M&A opportunities, valuation, capital allocation or financing opportunities, my role as an Associate is to help coordinate the larger team’s effort to provide the client with the best outcomes and execution.
The learning curve within this role, and banking more broadly, is very steep. However, Barclays invests a considerable amount of time and effort to develop and train individuals. Not only is the initial training invaluable as you embark on your career, but the opportunities for continued education are numerous. Additionally, I’m working with, and being mentored by, incredibly smart people as we provide innovative solutions to clients.
I’ve had the most fun on the job when the team is presented with a challenging task and we are able to figure out a unique solution.
It’s been both a rewarding and challenging experience to encounter new things every day and be expected to perform at the highest level to achieve the best outcomes for clients. Being part of industry transforming transactions and seeing my efforts directly affect clients is an incredible experience that makes this job very fulfilling, whether that’s working on a potential acquisition, debt origination, equity origination or other strategic advisory work.
I chose to work at Barclays because the culture and people won me over. Everything here clicked. I wanted to be surrounded by intelligent and charismatic people who would share their knowledge and experiences with me to help grow my career. Everyone has been really willing to explain their processes, provide assistance and ask how my day is, even when many tasks are at hand. This truly makes a difference when we spend so many hours at a desk.
The culture here is very welcoming and vibrant. With the open floor layout, everyone is easy to reach and open to answering any questions. It also provides me the opportunity to really develop solid relationships with my colleagues. This has certainly helped me broaden my network with some good laughs along the way. I really believe people here try to not simply accomplish tasks, but accomplish them correctly and leave a positive impact.
On a day-to-day basis, I make an impact by running a variety of regulatory calculations and combining them into a daily report for distribution to a wider audience.
The most rewarding part of my role in Regulatory Relations is interacting with senior management and knowing my work is being used to make high level decisions.
Seeing my daily work have a lasting impact on the business really makes me feel empowered and excited to take on additional tasks and see what else I can accomplish.
I am from Myanmar (Burma). I came to the US to pursue my undergraduate studies in Economics. After graduating, I moved to DC where I worked in public policy research focusing on cash and in-kind transfer program policies for low income working families in the US. I subsequently decided to pursue a career in finance and went to complete a Masters in Finance, right before joining Barclays.
When seeking a finance role, I focused on opportunities in Market Risk because of the many hats that Market Risk Managers wear, the application of both quantitative and soft skills and the dynamic work environment. When I attended Barclays’ informational session on its Market Risk internship program, I was fascinated by the extensive involvement and support of very smart senior risk managers.
Having grown up in a small town of a developing country, I have well understood the importance of collaboration and hard work for my professional and personal development.
After these sessions, it was an easy decision for me to join Barclays.
Since starting, I have been fortunate enough to work with very smart, hardworking professionals who are passionate about what they do and have high working standards. The team is constantly leaving things better than we found them. By representing risk correctly and managing risk appropriately, we help Barclays optimize its capital management. We also help regulators and other stakeholders understand our risk in a transparent manner. I feel invaluable to the bank and find my job meaningful and challenging because every facet of my job has such a profound impact across diverse stakeholders.
I have come to know my colleagues from my immediate and other groups both at the professional and personal level. Working with like-minded foodies is a great plus; take out lunches from ‘exotic’ restaurants are a fun part of our days.
Coming out of school, I knew that I wanted an opportunity where I would be challenged on a daily basis in a fast moving organization. The internship opportunity at Barclays fit these criteria, so I applied, greatly enjoyed my experience and was offered a full time opportunity in the graduate development program.
As a Human Resources Analyst, my team and I work to assist business heads in executing their human capital agenda. As cliché as it may sound, our people are the lifeblood of our business and the major differentiator that will eventually lead to Barclays’ success or failure. Working on initiatives that support such a crucial pillar of the organization has been remarkably rewarding.
Barclays has offered me great opportunities despite my junior status and I do not take these opportunities for granted.
I was lucky enough to have a significant role in this year’s talent review. I attended various meetings with business heads in which we discussed how to best align their people in order to execute and optimize their long-term strategy. After attending these meetings, we collated the data and created a summary presentation that was given to senior management. Being that this project was so greatly valued by the business, playing a significant role in its production was incredibly rewarding.
I have been fortunate enough to attend various firm-sponsored trainings, workshops, and networking events. They have helped me polish my professional skills, learn more about our business dealings and the industry at large and meet various people throughout the organization. Practically every person I’ve met during my time here has been intelligent, approachable, and polished. Surrounding myself with such high quality individuals has improved my own character and make-up. I look forward to all the future challenges and opportunities that Barclays has in store for me.
In 2010, I joined Barclays as an Associate based in Sydney. In 2012 I relocated to Barclays’ Hong Kong office and later relocated to my current role based in New York. I joined to be a part of Barclays’ growth in Australia and Asia and to help build out the business and capabilities in the region. My move to Barclays provided me the opportunity for substantially greater responsibility and exposure in my role. I considered it to be an extraordinary opportunity to be part of developing a new business.
My current coverage and execution role in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) group provides the satisfaction of developing trusted relationships with clients as we help to guide them through their most significant corporate finance related events and transformations. I am responsible for covering and executing transactions in the Business, Information and Education Services and Technology sectors.
People development is an incredibly rewarding aspect of my role within my team.
I am the TMT group ‘’Staffer’’ - responsible for supervising, coordinating and allocating projects to the junior banker population. I genuinely enjoy being able to contribute to the ongoing development of junior bankers and helping to increase their capabilities and opportunities within the finance industry, as well as enhancing the positive momentum and culture of my group.
Equally important to me is the collaborative team spirit within Barclays. It means the full resources of the organization are on call to achieve optimal outcomes for all relevant stakeholders. It is a culture that provides bankers at all levels with the opportunity to proactively maximize their exposure and responsibility to the greatest extent possible.
We take a long-term sustainable approach to client relationship management and are fully committed to providing the best advice when our clients are at the most critical junctures in their corporate evolution. The high quality advice we provide and transactions we facilitate as representatives of Barclays, meaningfully benefit both our clients and society more broadly as we connect capital and people to achieve successful outcomes.
I came to work for Barclays right out of graduate school where I studied Statistics and Computational Finance. After participating in the summer internship program I was offered a full-time position. Since I enjoyed the research project I worked on during the internship and felt very comfortable working with the Quantitative Analytics (QA) Market Risk team members, it was easy for me to accept.
The QA team at Barclays is a global quantitative research team that plays an instrumental role in the success of almost every aspect of the bank, including front office, risk management finance and treasury.
During the majority of my first two years at the firm I was almost exclusively involved in the development and implementation of a cutting-edge risk allocation system. As of Q3 2015 the Risk Weighted Assets (RWA) allocation methodology of the investment bank has been switched to our new technology. Our method will fundamentally change the way risk managers and business owners think about RWAs and diversification. It has been rewarding to be heavily involved in such a large and impactful project. By improving the risk models of the investment bank, we can improve Barclays’ capital efficiency and subsequently improve the return to shareholders.
I say if you want to be on the front lines researching, developing, and implementing cutting edge solutions and technologies which are highly visible and impactful to the organization, join Barclays.
My role as a Credit Risk Analyst in the graduate program consists of monitoring our existing lending exposures as well as participating in the origination of new transactions (i.e. mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs and refinances). We work in a challenging environment, which has allowed me to learn and develop my skills faster than I anticipated. I have the support of my co-workers and managers to ask questions and take on additional responsibilities. It can be difficult to dissect a company and understand what the key risks are, and what they might be in two, five or seven years time, but I feel like I have the tools to succeed. I appreciate how quickly I have been able to gain responsibilities. I’ve had the opportunity to make an impact on major transactions, which I find rewarding and is something I want out of my job.
It is also exciting to see a deal published in the news, with your bank listed as one of the key participants.
I participated in a client’s acquisition of a pharmaceutical company, an M&A deal that raised significant debt financing. I contributed by analyzing the due diligence for our key credit conclusions and how the transaction made strategic sense from a risk perspective.
Additionally, there was a transaction where the client needed short-term financing very quickly to complete an acquisition. The team delivered for the client and we provided funds within the deadline. It was challenging and rewarding to execute on a tight time frame and demonstrate that Barclays has a strong banking franchise.
Being part of the graduate program provides you with easy access to training opportunities at the start of your career. The initial training program was very informative and the program has multiple ongoing training sessions that aid your development and expand your knowledge base. We also have an open environment, which invites inquiry and promotes development. I frequently meet with my manager to discuss recent deals, training opportunities or potential goals I have.
My name is Caty. I've been with Barclays for six years, and I'm currently a Vice President.
The first deal that I worked on was a waste management Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which was really exciting because I had never worked on a bankruptcy or a restructuring assignment before. The waste company was a leveraged buyout that had too much debt placed on it, especially in a time where they had bought a number of different landfills to be able to continue to haul trash to. And then the recession hit, so a lot of people weren't throwing out trash, which resulted in volumes shrinking.
They weren't able to meet the business plan projections that they had in place and basically needed an option to resolve their liquidity as well as debt payments that they had coming due.
My team, the Restructuring and Finance team, worked with the Industrials coverage team as well as the Exclusive Sales M&A team to look at the full suite of what we could offer to the client.
My role specifically was to work on the model to be able to analyze the projections and figure out when their liquidity was going to bust, also do downside case analysis so that we could work with their different creditors on realistically what a restructuring could look like.
We ended up going through many iterations of creditor negotiations where I also helped prepare different presentations to be able to show them what the company would look like in a reorganized scenario.
Ultimately we were able to help the company restructure and be in a form where it wiped out probably half of its debt and was able to service its payments going forward and continue to grow as a reorganized company.
When we complete a deal, it feels so great.
Especially if it's an advisory and you've been working with the company to restructure for sometimes a year, two years.
It really feels like we helped the client be on a path to success and hopefully build their future.
My team provides analytics to clients and conducts research to improve our algorithmic and electronic trading offering. This means that we deal with a large number of projects and incoming client requests. Prioritizing these requests and effectively determining ways to provide new and efficient analytics to benefit our clients is a constant, exciting challenge.
Barclays is all about working as a team to effectively serve our clients.
I get to the office a little after 7am, at which point I catch up on emails and daily news. The majority of my day revolves around analyzing trade and market data to understand transaction costs from algorithmic trading. My role is pretty unique in the firm. I collaborate heavily with many teams within Electronic Trading — IT, Product, Sales — thus my days typically include a handful of meetings. At any given point, I have a few long-term research projects on which I am working, along with some shorter term custom client requests.
For example, I recently worked with a colleague from the Equities market structure team to create a client survey about how the buy side views transaction cost analytics. Data analytics is a huge part of my role in the firm, so it was incredible to understand clients’ perspectives around these analytics and what data the buy side is interested in receiving from my team in the future. The survey was a huge success and resulted in a client facing report and email series which has gone out to a wide range of our equities clients. I am proud to work at a firm that cares about its clients (and employees!), and invests in maintaining and developing those relationships through differentiated services like this.
I’m Eliza. I’m a Technology Analyst and I’ve been with Barclays for a year.
I interned in Equities Electronic Trading and it was a really good fit. I really liked all my coworkers. Everyone was welcoming and interesting. At the end of the summer it turned out that they really liked me, so I got the full-time offer and I was able to actually go back to the same team, which is where I am full-time now.
I got a lot of responsibility on my team right from the beginning.
I had three months to develop a component of an exchange, which in big development terms is very fast.
The first couple months of real developing were kind of tough, because it’s very different developing all day for an entire work week than it is developing for a couple hours here, a couple hours there for a project.
The day it went live was really exciting. I worked on this full-time for months. In my time with the firm, this was the only thing I had worked on, so when something goes live and when your project works in a real situation and it doesn’t break under actual conditions, it’s really exciting.
It’s also really interesting being in electronic trading because when things go wrong, everybody needs to be on hand to fix it. Things are always going to go wrong in Technology. So, when it does, the business people, the people who run the technology on a day-to-day basis and the people who built the technology all have to work together and find the fastest, most efficient, but also the best way to solve your problem.
I like being involved in big projects. Being put in a situation that is larger than me and watching it succeed was really exciting, and it really made a difference to my career because I was like, “Wow, this is a bigger picture. It’s more than just me.
My name is Matt. I’ve been at Barclays for five years now.
As part of my coming on to the grad program, I had the opportunity to go through a couple of rotations. The first rotation was the Commodities and Futures group. You get a sense of the mechanics of everything, of how things are traded, and how it impacts how the world turns.
The second rotation was Information Risk Management, so it was a completely different change of pace focused on a completely different area of the firm. Following that was when I moved to London and my final placement was in the Agency Derivative Services clearing business.
When I moved to London, I had the opportunity to be a part of a number of regulatory change initiatives.
The primary issue that we were trying to resolve was a difference in treatment between dealing with an EU counterparty, and a non-EU counterparty. And that difference in treatment wasn’t aligned to other areas of regulation.
We had the opportunity to put together a proposal to actually fix it. So working as part of a team for that area of regulation includes working with people in Operations, the business, Legal and a response certainly wouldn’t be what it is without the collaboration of all of those people, Compliance included. Because it incorporated the views of everybody, which meant that it wasn’t just a legalistic view or it wasn’t solely an operational element or it wasn’t simply a compliance concern without the commercial aspects of what the business would want.
So when you put all of that together, you now have a response that everyone’s behind, and ultimately is a much better proposal to the regulator of how to actually fix a problem. So the outcome was that the next revision of the rules that we saw, the issue had been fixed. And it wasn’t word for word exactly what we had suggested, but it was certainly aligned conceptually to what had been proposed.
It was a very proud moment for us to have fixed something and to have been a part of that and that direct impact was really nice to have. And I don’t think that I would necessarily have that in a lot of other places.
I interned in the investment industry during the summer after my sophomore year and really liked the market-facing side of the Equities business. I decided to apply to Barclays’ Sales and Trading internship program during my junior year and spent the summer rotating between three different Barclays desks within Global Markets. The internship program at Barclays is unique because you have the opportunity to explore multiple desks, and this really helped me figure out what role best fit my interests and skill set. During the Equities rotation, I particularly liked how the sales-trading role balanced client relationships with execution responsibility, so I expressed interest in sales-trading and ultimately secured a full time role on the Equities Electronic Trading desk.
I typically get in before 7am and start the day by catching up on what happened in the overnight markets. I’m expected to be familiar with the dominant news stories of the day, compose market commentary for clients and monitor pre-market trades for clients trading before the open. My role is driven by my relationships with clients, which include traders at hedge funds and asset managers in the US, Canada and Europe. Most of my day revolves around talking to, interacting with and trying to add value for my clients through pre- and post-trade analysis, execution consultancy and general market color.
Recently, I’ve been working on a few custom execution products for clients which has been an awesome learning experience. Having to work closely with our product team and algorithm developers to deliver the best product to fit my clients’ needs is a challenging and rewarding part of my role on the Electronic desk.
Of the many opportunities Barclays has provided me so far, I most value the client exposure I have had since starting on the desk.
My ability to cover a wide range of clients across regions has furthered my understanding of the markets and of Barclays’ products. The breadth of our offering as a global organization is pretty amazing – we have a huge impact on so many different markets, communities and people and I’m fortunate to start my career at such a great place.
I am truly proud of Barclays' commitment to values and citizenship.
At other firms, values are not often as engrained in a company’s culture. At Barclays, however, values are very visible on a daily basis, reflected in colleagues work and the overall goals of the firm, which is refreshing within the financial services industry. Collectively, colleagues are encouraged to engage in activities that directly impact our local and global community. I am very involved with our Citizenship Program and community partners. In particular, I enjoy working with one of our partners, Per Scholas, partaking in quarterly mock interviews. It is rewarding to see the impact a few hours makes on the participants’ career and confidence.
I began my career at Barclays as a summer intern in Municipal Middle Office. After graduation, I joined the Operations graduate program. Partway through the program, I was looking for a role that worked closely with technology after I discovered I liked this division of Barclays. Equity Derivative Change provided me with this exposure. Ultimately, my group became part of IB Technology and my role has evolved into a Business Analyst position.
The most rewarding part of my current role is the ability to work with an extremely diverse set of colleagues across the bank, learning unique pieces of the Equities business from each and every one. I enjoy working on dynamic projects that touch many different areas of the bank, as it allows for continual learning. Each day, I can honestly say I am learning something new.
As I approach my second year at the firm, I feel as though I have gained great exposure to different areas of the business through the internship and graduate programs. Apart from the different types of projects and teams I have been involved with, internal employee networks and stewardship events have exposed me to an even broader network. I truly feel like I have found my passion and interests, which I can attribute to the opportunities I’ve had at Barclays.
Being part of a project team, I don’t have a typical day-to-day routine, which is something I enjoy. One of my favorite aspects of this role is interacting with a wide variety of colleagues. I have recurring meetings to track progress and discuss current work with my group. Beyond that, my work consists of interaction with various colleagues across the bank to solve tasks that come up as the project progresses.
While I enjoy the very dynamic part of my current role, it is also probably the most challenging aspect. Every day is a new task and challenge, which can be difficult at times. I do believe this has really helped me grow professionally and identify my personal strengths and weaknesses. Thankfully, various managers and mentors I have take an interest in helping me develop and grow my career during these challenging times.
As part of the structured grad program I was exposed to an incredible amount of training. I took numerous classes on product and industry knowledge as well as personal development, such as public speaking, business writing and many other topics. Each performance period, my managers make training and development part of my objectives.
The people here are committed and passionate about my personal development and career growth.
The culture here is much more collaborative than competitive. People are willing to share their knowledge. This is evidenced by the numerous knowledge sharing sessions senior managers conduct across the bank. I have been able to learn about a wide range of topics I would have never experienced from my normal role because of these knowledge sharing sessions.
Barclays’ culture is also extremely generous. I have been fortunate to take part in numerous stewardship events that were very rewarding, including fundraisers, Light the Night, Math Olympics with elementary students and many other events. I think it says it all when you have to quickly sign up for volunteer events because they fill up. People here care and back it up with their actions.
I joined Barclays because I was interested in learning how financial institutions managed regulatory and conduct risks internally as well as learning more about the investment banking businesses. In my role, one of the most interesting projects I’ve worked on was the Annual Compliance Report, which we submit to our various regulators. The report outlines the firm’s supervisory control framework, various compliance processes, and certain initiatives undertaken by Compliance. Compiling this report required input and coordination, not only from Compliance, but also various Group Functions and other business stakeholders. As a junior person at the firm, it was a great opportunity to work with senior management across the bank, own a large-scale project from start to finish, and learn more about the role of Compliance and the frameworks it provides to other areas of the firm.
Barclays has a lot to offer those just beginning their careers, particularly given the programming, training, and development committed to junior talent.
As a graduate analyst, I received 1 month of intensive finance, excel, and soft skills training prior to starting on the desk. This helped me to feel much more confident about what I could offer as I began my career. I appreciate the firm’s focus in this area because it has helped me to better understand my role, produce higher quality work, and discover my interests as my exposure to different areas increases.
Outside of training and development, the firm also sponsors a variety of programs aimed at junior talent. For example, the Employee Ambassador Program connects employees with senior managers from various areas of the firm who are able to provide advice for any issues or concerns you may be having at work. There’s also the Emerge Network, which offers programming, networking opportunities, and social events for colleagues who are new to the financial industry. The fact that the firm directs resources to these programs speaks to its commitment to its talent.
I’ve also found the accessibility to senior management to be empowering and incredibly informative as I begin to shape what my career at Barclays may look like. At Barclays, I’ve found senior management to welcome and encourage junior people to seek out opportunities to meet with them. The genuine accessibility of senior people has created a more open and rewarding environment for me as a recent hire of the firm. That’s not something that you’re guaranteed to find everywhere.
Barclays is a very inclusive company. Being a woman in engineering throughout my college career, I had always felt slightly out of place among my male peers. When I was an intern here, half of the technology interns were women. Coming from a program that was 10% women, this was shocking to me – in a good way!
In an industry dominated by majorities, it is important to be in an inclusive work environment.
Here at Barclays there are so many networks for Diversity and Inclusion, and I’ve had the opportunity to work among so many inspiring women. I recently went to an event hosted by the Women’s Initiative Network where Jes Staley, Barclays CEO, spoke about a new mentorship program for women. You can really tell when you see and hear him speak that he truly wants to see women and other minorities succeed alongside their peers. To have someone at such a high level in our company working so hard to make sure everyone feels welcome is something I think is really unique to Barclays.
As a business analyst, I work on various projects for the Investment Bank. I create project plans to help keep everyone on track and do market research on products we are analyzing. Seeing the projects I work on go from an idea to a tangible product that will be used by many people in the bank is really rewarding.
My team also works with the Barclays Accelerator, which helps financial technology start-ups advance their companies. We get the chance to work with various start-ups that are really changing the way the industry uses technology. It’s amazing to see these small groups of passionate, talented people making products that will help our employees and our clients. Many companies, especially companies as old and large as Barclays, can be unwilling to make changes. With the Accelerator and other innovation teams, I think Barclays is making huge strides to be more innovative and working to find creative ways to be better than our competitors.
As a finance major in college with a great deal of interest in geopolitical issues, I was looking for a career that encompassed both.
After rotating with the FX Sales desks during my internship, I knew that I had found a role that would allow me to turn my interests into a career.
I graduated from college in December and Barclays allowed me to begin work here early, which turned out to be a tremendous advantage. Working on FX sales, we quote spots, forwards, swaps and options for a large range of currency pairs. As such, learning the basics of the instruments we deal and economic fundamentals driving price action in the currencies we see can be daunting. But I believe that the more practice one gets, the better one becomes at their job, so getting an extra six months on the desk accelerated my development. It also meant I went into the summer training program for new graduates and more effectively built on the theoretical concepts laid out there. This was beneficial for me as well as my fellow grads since I was able to provide insight on how these ideas were put into practice on the desk.
As a salesperson, my main responsibilities include quoting our clients quickly and efficiently, providing market color when requested and helping the rest of the team. My typical day starts with me catching up on overnight news as I head into the office. Once I arrive, I write up a morning summary that I send to clients. Typically, a greater portion of quoting prices occurs during the morning. During the afternoons, I tend to focus on reading up on intraday events and our internal research to better help our clients should doubts or inquiries arise .
The best part of my journey at Barclays has been travelling to our London offices for cross-office training. I met my colleagues there and learned about a number of products dealt in Europe. This allowed me to leverage that knowledge on my team in New York. It is notable that Barclays has been willing to invest this heavily so early in my career and speaks to how Barclays handles its analysts’ development.
Overall, I value the exposure and challenging work that Barclays gives its analysts. Just a few weeks after starting, I was actively helping on the desk by quoting prices and booking trades. As an analyst just one year into my career, I am involved in many of the client requests we get. When an analyst starts at Barclays, there is a long term vision that aims at retaining that person and having them rise through the ranks to become knowledgeable, capable leaders within the firm.
As an Analyst on the credit strategy team, I provide in-depth research on credit markets to clients. My role is a unique cross-section of market-level and company-specific analysis. I contribute to the US Credit Alpha, which is a leading weekly global credit publication. Each week, we tackle a specific topic that we think would interest credit investors globally, particularly in investment grade, high yield, hybrid securities and credit derivatives.
One of the more interesting things I’ve worked on has been a piece on electric cars. Given the transformation in electric battery technology, and shifts toward renewable sources of energy, the piece took a long-term look at how more price-competitive electric vehicles might impact the credit market, especially for utilities. It was definitely one of the more unique topics I’ve worked on.
One of the benefits of doing research is that there are such a large variety of topics that clients will find interesting, which means there is a lot of flexibility in what research topics you can work on.
In addition to publishing original research, I am in constant contact with clients, providing data on questions related to our published research, and discussing with them the strategy team’s broader views on the market generally. I am also constantly collaborating with sales and trading to see what investors are thinking about the market, and providing unique insights based on our published research.
Coming up with an original idea, and then running some numbers on it for publication is quite a treat. You instantly get feedback from colleagues and clients if you produce something interesting, and you really feel the impact you’re making immediately. p>
I majored in Supply Chain Management in college. Supply Chain is concerned with optimizing efficiency amongst the different companies and processes in a product’s lifecycle in order to deliver the product to the customer in the best manner. I was able to see many parallels between what I studied and the intricate structure of an investment bank. This is what ultimately drew me to a career in finance. I wanted the ability to see the market and economy at work in daily tasks.
I work in the Trade Capture Utility (TCU) team, specifically focused on supporting our Cash Equities business. My team handles post trade processing and lifecycle amendments. I interact with teams across the business, and spend a lot of time interacting with external and internal clients, addressing and resolving their concerns. When a problem is brought to our attention, we work to identify the root cause so we can ensure that the issue is permanently resolved going forward. I am constantly communicating with clients and enjoy forming relationships with them so I can discover the best ways to serve each individual client.
I find making connections with colleagues across various trading desks really rewarding. Being a part of a team that is constantly interacting with different functions across the equities business allows me to learn from the different roles of each group so that I can truly understand how we are delivering for the client.
The most interesting part of my experience at Barclays has been being part of a new division within the bank.
TCU was created shortly before I started my internship, and I was placed full-time in TCU after graduation, so I have been able to see the team and role grow, as well as see colleagues develop. I am proud to have been a part of TCU from the beginning.
After college, I was unsure about whether I wanted to be in law or finance, so I took a job in the legal department of an investment bank. I worked in Anti-Money Laundering, where I worked on insider trading and government corruption cases and partnered with district attorneys, the Department of Justice, the IRS, the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ultimately, I decided that I wanted to be in a revenue-generating role. This meant going to business school.
I would say that the work investment banks do is pretty similar. Barclays does the same types of transactions as other firms, and with the same amount of complexity. We all provide our clients with financial advice and capital. What differentiates the firm is the quality of the people, the culture of collegiality and a spirit of mentorship where senior bankers foster your professional development. So before business school, I made a conscious effort to speak with people at all of the top banks. Barclays stood out in the way that bankers engaged with potential candidates and in the way those bankers interacted with each other.
Being part of Barclays is being part of a 300 year legacy and it’s our job to do right by our clients and society.
I feel really good when we help a client raise capital, grow through acquisition or sell a division because that all lends to the vitality of that clients’ stakeholders.
Understanding a client’s needs, distilling complexity into a solution and delivering the firm seamlessly is always our goal. Because ultimately it’s about the stakeholders of that company: the employees, suppliers, customers and communities they serve. Firms only persist if their contribution to society is valuable.
My Finance summer internship included a rotational aspect, meaning I spent time working in two different groups. This gave me so much exposure to different parts of the bank. I learned so much and gained great experiences, so I decided to come back full time after graduation.
I’m currently working in the Barclays Capital Inc. Regulatory Reporting team. Our team assists with deciding which transactions the firm can commit to based on the capital we hold. As an analyst, I am responsible for calculating an end-of-day tentative net capital report every day. I also contribute to monthly reports used by senior management to make decisions, as well as other projects that have given me a broader understanding of the industry.
One of the most interesting projects I worked on was regulatory calculations that allowed for more capital to be utilized by the business.
Through our work we have been able to reduce our capital constraints by millions of dollars, providing more opportunities for the business. It felt great to see my work and analysis make a difference for the firm.
The best part of my early journey at Barclays has been the knowledge and experience I have gained from the work I do. The knowledge you gain speaking with your managers and directors is extremely valuable, and something you don’t necessarily gain from classwork. The opportunity to have ownership of a task has really been enjoyable, as it allows you to understand a process and concept in and out. I have also been able to take continued learning classes on specific topics, such as the financial markets. All of this knowledge and experience will help me take the next step in my career.
I was an intern on the Internet team in Equity Research the summer following my junior year. I was very impressed by both the quality of work and the people. I felt that even as an intern, people in the department took a genuine interest in my development and went out of their way to be helpful. At the end of the program, I received a full time offer, which I accepted on the spot.
The culture here is very supportive of employees at all levels and lends itself well to mentorship.
I have developed relationships with several mentors within and outside my department who have given me great advice. The firm has also been supportive of me as I pursue advanced certifications, such as the CFA.
It’s been my experience that Barclays allows Analysts to take on a lot of responsibility very early on, which offers a unique opportunity to develop quickly. I really value the opportunities I’ve been given to do challenging work early on in my career, as well as the exposure to both companies and clients that we have.
On any given day, I might be writing, modeling, talking to clients, interpreting news flow and keeping up to speed on industry developments. The most interesting work is the analysis that we do where we arrive at a conclusion which is differentiated from those of other research firms. Our clients derive the most value from that and it is satisfying when you’re able to see something differently than other research teams.
The best thing about Barclays is being in a very collaborative environment. Colleagues within the team are always very helpful. You can learn from them every single day, about business knowledge, technical skills, communication skills, etc. As a global investment bank, Barclays also offers you extensive exposure to different parts of the financial markets. People across the bank are always willing to share with you their experience and perspective. This is definitely a great experience for people who join the industry fresh out of school.
My daily work involves researching and developing algorithms responsible for our trading decisions to better serve our clients. The most rewarding part of my current role is that I’ve been offered great opportunities and real responsibilities since my first day on the job.
My first project at Barclays involved improving an algorithm to facilitate client trading building a mathematical model to predict our chance to win a deal with clients. Every time we respond to a client’s trade request, it goes through the predicting model and comes up with a price.
It has been really rewarding knowing my first project continues to play an important role in serving our clients.
By improving this algorithm, we can provide better market service to our clients and also improve the return to our shareholders. I’m able to see my work directly impact the success of our franchise and I feel prepared to take on more challenging projects.
I felt prepared for this type of project from the start because of Barclays’ graduate training program. It is a great bridge connecting what you learn at school and what you apply to real world problems. You learn about the financial markets, what we do as a firm and how your knowledge can help us do better. It prepares you for the challenges you’ll face in your work, which have real world impacts.
After my sophomore year of college, I interned at a hedge fund and several senior level employees encouraged me to work at a larger bank where I would learn much more about the industry. All I can say is they were right. Not only do you learn tremendously about your own business and gain important client exposure at a large bank like Barclays, but you also have great training programs where you can build friendships with employees in other businesses, allowing you insight into much of the bank outside your own business. I’ve grown and learned so much since day one.
I work on the Municipal Bond Trading team, which helps connect issuers like cities, towns, states and universities looking to raise money with investors looking for stable, tax-exempt income. In the mornings I trade commercial paper. Throughout the day I monitor the notes market for clients looking for a bid on notes they would like to sell, and prepare to make bids at the designated times. In the afternoon I typically update trade spreadsheets with brief notes and make preparations for the next day’s trading. On Fridays, I update a weekly commentary report that we send out to all of our clients.
While the process each day is similar, every day can be different depending on what securities are trading and which firms you are interacting with, which makes the week fly by.
There have been slower periods during my time here, but at each point I’ve started looking for more to do, something has suddenly shifted to give me the increase in responsibility that keeps the job interesting.
The most challenging part of my role is learning
to prepare for and deal with aspects of the market that you can’t control.
Sometimes what makes sense on paper is not what happens in real life, and
connecting those dots proves to be challenging. But the most rewarding part of
my role is the satisfaction of making a good trade and achieving the best rate
possible for our clients. The recognition is typically not immediate, but it is
certainly motivating to hear positive feedback and potentially gain new
business as a result of repeatedly strong performance.
Two reasons drove my decision to work at Barclays: the culture and Barclays’ presence in emerging markets. I studied international development at university and seeing the way Barclays has helped countless clients navigate less familiar markets in Africa and Asia really made Barclays stand out to me.
Given I come from a non-finance background, I am grateful my first real exposure to finance has been at a firm like Barclays, where the people genuinely care about getting to know you and your interests and finding a way to fine-tune your work experience and projects around things you will find professionally and personally engaging. My manager actively encourages me to vocalize what type of projects I would like to get more exposure to and how I’m feeling about workflow.
Having exposure to household name clients operating in multiple countries at such an early stage in my career is an incredible opportunity. You really start learning the ins and outs of these companies and industries through the discussions you take part in.
One of the coolest experiences I’ve had so far was working on a deal that involved a leading US-based transportation company partnering with an Indian-based multinational conglomerate for further expansion into the Indian market. It was definitely one of the most intensive deal processes I’ve been involved in so far but I learned a lot—especially about how Barclays’ genuinely tries to customize solutions to fit the needs of its clients. Given my interest in emerging markets, this deal was exactly the type of experience I envisioned for myself when I was first considering finance as a career option!
I chose to work at Barclays because people were dedicated to my success and development from my first interview through today. I have found that Barclays values people who are willing to teach others about their respective products and services, no matter how complex these may be. My colleagues and managers have all been understanding, patient and willing to teach me about their roles. They have inspired me to do the same with incoming interns and grads. At a bank that deals with a wide variety of financial products, colleagues across all business areas are always willing to walk you through the basics.
My original plan was to attend law school immediately after graduating college. I changed my mind junior year when I decided to develop new skills in the financial services industry. Upon joining the Compliance department at Barclays, my interest in finance grew exponentially. I especially enjoyed being able to learn about finance while continuing to apply my interest in law and regulatory matters. In addition to the support of my colleagues, the analyst training program was very thorough and taught me everything I needed to begin my career in finance.
The continuing education program available here is great because it starts a few months after hitting the desk, giving you ample time to become familiar with and ready to tackle more complex topics.
In one of my rotations, I was responsible for reviewing and clearing research reports pre-publication for potential conflicts of interest to banking transactions. The risks associated with this task were significant because the firm could potentially get kicked off a deal or incur reputational damage if a report was not adequately cleared. This required me to be extremely focused with the task at hand, as well as knowledgeable of the updated status of all banking transactions. Through working on projects like this one, coupled with the rotational nature of the graduate program, I have been able to develop subject-matter expertise in various areas. This has helped me identify and define my long term career objectives.
When I was 14 years old, I went to the stock exchange with my grandfather and my life was changed after that. I started asking my grandfather how he knows if a stock is going to go up or down, and none of the answers I got were fulfilling enough.
One thing I understood is that the markets are very unpredictable and hard to master, which seemed very intriguing to me.
That day I decided to become a student of the market.
Since then, I started trading in my own account, studied Finance in college and knew that I wanted to do something related to the markets. After talking and networking with multiple professionals in banking, sales and trading and other professions in finance, sales and trading resonated the most with me so I decided to pursue a career in it. I started reading a lot of market literature and became specifically interested in the concept of value investing. While interning at Barclays, I rotated on the distressed debt and special situations trading desk and got the chance to come back here full-time.
My desk trades a wide array of products, including bankruptcy claims. These claims have their value usually driven off of an underlying portfolio of assets. One of the most interesting projects I worked on was quarterbacking the valuation and negotiation process on the underlying portfolio of derivatives that backs one bankruptcy claim. Essentially, I had to coordinate between our legal team, valuation team, IT teams and multiple trading teams around the bank, as well as negotiate the value of the claim with the bankruptcy trustee. It was a great experience that introduced me to colleagues around the bank at various teams and levels of seniority, provided me with a great leadership opportunity at a very early stage and taught me a lot about negotiations.