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Introduction

Barclays is one of the most influential banks on Wall Street. It’s part of the investment banking bulge bracket, and has major M&A, equity, and debt units, which regularly work on landmark deals. It also has strong retail banking and wealth management units, and serves 48 million clients worldwide. The firm champions inclusion, innovation, sustainability, and “citizenship”—giving back through volunteering.

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Firsthand Findings

As a very prestigious bank, Barclays runs a very selective interview process. The bank is looking for talented candidates from top-tier schools whose personalities fit in with the firm's culture. Management is said to be very supportive of junior bankers, always willing to help out. And, with respect to minority employees, the firm is rather diverse for a Wall Street firm, and women are said to hold several very important positions at the bank. Internships are rated highly and, of course, are a great way to get hired on a full-time basis. Although hours can be long, they aren't too bad: insiders say that they still have lives outside of work.

About the Company

Barclays Investment Bank, a core business of Barclays PLC, provides advice, financing, and risk management solutions to companies, governments, and institutions worldwide. The firm helps move capital between those who need it and those looking to generate a return on investment. Barclays Investment Bank operates through three main divisions: banking, markets, and research.

The firm's banking teams offer clients access to industry- and geography-specific expertise across all products, providing clients with informed strategic advice, comprehensive financial solutions, and risk management services wherever they do business.

The markets division provides execution, prime brokerage, and risk management services across a wide range of asset classes, including equity and fixed income, currency, and select commo...

Employee Reviews


  • “Barclays is a great place to work. It’s a good company to work for and has been a very pleasant experience.”
  • “The work culture can be hectic, and employees are generally involved in enhancements and process improvements rather than just business as usual. But innovation is encouraged.”
  • “Working hours are what you would expect at any investment bank. But there aren't too many long days.”
  • “Hours are not too bad. You still have a life.”
  • “Management is extremely nice, supportive, and always ready to help. Upper management is strong. Basically, you can meet anyone you want to meet, and they are all helpful.”
  • “Diversity within Barclays is huge and encouraged. People from all over the world work together within the company. Women share an equal standing, too, and quite a few are in very important positions throughout the firm.”
  • “During my internship, I was treated me more like an employee than an intern. I was never asked to do any of the typical intern activities like getting coffee or ordering lunch. I went beyond my assigned tasks and learned quite a lot, including how exactly securities are acquired and structured. It’s important to take advantage of the time you meet with senior management. Make sure to talk to them about the possibilities to move around once you’re hired full time, and to prove that the firm should hire you.”
  • “The compensation for interns is competitive with other firms on the Street.”

Why Work Here


Barclays offers a wealth of opportunities for students from all degree disciplines. Summer Analysts and Associates tackle real business challenges, surrounded by people who will help you achieve your ambitions. The collaborative, supportive environment gives you the chance to build solid relationships with senior leaders and peers alike.

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Getting Hired Here


  • "The interview process is a very selective, very difficult one, but you can expect very friendly interviewers.”
  • “The firm puts candidates through a relatively long and challenging selection process. Only once a candidate has passed through several rounds of scrutiny can he or she expect to receive a job offer.”
  • “Barclays targets more than 30 top-tier graduate and undergraduate schools, including NYU, Cornell, Penn, Princeton, Duke, Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, Carnegie Mellon, Chicago, Boston College, Colby, Georgetown, Rutgers, UVA, and MIT. If you're not from a target school, it’s extremely difficult to get in the door, especially if you don’t know anyone within the bank to refer you.”
  • “Expect behavioral/fit-type questions, and to be asked about your experience in previous positions as well as general questions like ‘Why are you leaving your current job?’ The firm likes to ask questions about the most and least enjoyable parts of your previous work.”
  • “Candidates need to meet the personality the firm is looking for, proving that they have the right skills and talents.”