In 1690 James Freame and Thomas Gould started trading as goldsmith bankers in London. It wasn’t until 1736 that the business name became Barclays when James Barclay became a partner in the business.
By 1896 Barclay’s had several banks in London and other English provinces and became known as a joint-stock bank. They continued to grow and made a big growth between 1905 and 1916. It wasn’t until 1965 that Barclays branched out and established a US affiliate in San Francisco.
Today, Barclays has over 140,000 employees in over 50 countries. As of last year it is the tenth largest banking and financial services group in the world.
Working in the retail banks you are expected to assist customers with their day to day transactions. You’ll be expected to work either with the customers in person, over the phone, or online and give each the same outstanding level of customer service that they have come to expect from Barclays.
Barclays job benefits include:
- corporate discounts with number of health clubs
- flexible hours
- paid time away from work for volunteering
- medical expenses scheme
- access to private healthcare treatment
- employee networks
- sharesave monthly savings plan offers a chance to buy Barclays shares at a discount of up to 20 per cent
- discounts of banking products, insurance and travel services at highly competitive rates.
- discounts to buy cars like Mercedes, Toyota, and Renault vehicles for colleagues.
When you come in as a graduate or intern you can start in the retail banks or you can work for the corporate arena. One such job is the compliance job. You’ll be expected to assist in overseeing regulatory activities to define policies and reports on regulatory issues.
Experienced applicants can start almost anywhere. These include corporate or personal banking. You can work in legal, marketing, risk, compliance, treasury, tax, technology, internal audit, corporate affairs, corporate development, sourcing and other ares.