Capco

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Capco Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
169 Reviews

3.0
169 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good knowledgeable colleagues to work with from whom one can learn a lot (in 6 reviews)

  • Easy access to senior people who you can learn a lot from (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • This is all they want to do in the future so if you join now do not expect management consulting (in 10 reviews)

  • Doesn't have the infrastructure of a big consulting firm (which is also a plus) (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    a lot of opportunities to learn

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

    Pros

    great environment, free snack, easy to access management

    Cons

    long hour, projects can be boring sometimes

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to work

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

    Pros

    If you are new to consulting or a seasoned professional, Capco offers a unique experience. They are entrepreneurial, meritocratic and have very flat organization. You don't run into the traditional roadblocks of burdensome process and lots of approvals. If you have good skills in working across an organization, you will enjoy working at Capco.

    Cons

    If you are not a self-starter, you may struggle with navigating your career options.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    Incubator for going nowhere fast with your career

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Paycheck twice a month. Lots of free food and drinks. There are some really nice people.

    Cons

    No career growth or professional development. No coaching. Poor mentoring. Training classes are created by employees that put together powerpoint presentations which then get branded as "classroom training" by the firm. The career development of employees is not taken seriously. It is too much of a BBC (british boys club) fraternity where rating systems are actually more similar to a popularity contest. Most of the roles are staff augmentation oriented - this is not management consulting. It's not even consulting or advisory. Most opportunities are based on filling a previously fixed cost headcount with a more tax friendly variable cost role for the client while focusing on outsourcing such roles to India for the client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You treat the firm like rich parents who don't particularly care about their children nor the commitment it takes to raise them properly. You just hand out money or "candy" to kids in an attempt to keep people happy. You don't really seem to care about anyone or their career development. Owning your own career doesn't mean sticking around the office to latch onto senior leaders in order to just show your face and doing some google research for them,. Additionally, if you were truly Big 4 talent, you would still be at a Big 4 firm rather than a low cost alternative that is flooding the financial services market with staff augmentation roles.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    An opportunity to be part of a growing, thriving entrepreneurial organization with Big-4 pedigree

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in New York, NY

    Pros

    - The leadership and management heavily comprise ex-Big4 team members
    - Capco provides an environment that resembles a consultancy like Accenture or Deloitte but without the constraints that these organizations have; if you have a good idea then you'll get the backing to succeed.
    - Opportunity to focus deeply on
    - Flat leadership structure with approachable, supportive partners
    - Many experts with deep domain acumen in Financial Services, recruited from FS organizations directly
    - Small and nimble e.g. New York office has been able to make and realize the benefits of investments in digital much more quickly than similar organizations

    Cons

    - An entrepreneurial environment is not going to be for you if you are used to sitting back and waiting for opportunities to come for you, many come from industry (as opposed to consulting) and do not appreciate the need to manage your own career
    - While they aim for a 50:50 blend of FS acumen to consulting skills, many resources have come straight from industry and require investment of time from consultants to round them out, so coaching becomes very important
    - Being small and young requires pivoting; propositions and methodologies aren't always fully formed as they would be in a larger organization. On the flip-side, you get to create them
    - Demand and growth is strong (>30% yoy), which means that resource constraints is a continuing challenge especially as Capco has high standards in the recruitment process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - The balance between being nimble and having an industrialized delivery machine is one that needs to be constantly attenuated
    - We need to be more vocal about how we are differentiated by the background and deep FS expertise of our staff
    - We need to be louder about our brand

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    Worst place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Social environment because there is not much work and leaders think of the company as their personal playground. Very good at winning undeserved great place to work contests

    Cons

    Lots…. incompetent, gross leaders with only their own interests in mind. Cliquey, boys club work environment, lots of kissing up needed to succeed. No investment in training, or development, just flashy office that look good to clients. Do not believe recruiting about consulting career, this is staffing company that will take any work client will pay for. "Need windows washed? We'll send over some new staff and call it change sourcing!" And if you hit the bench, be prepared to use up your own vacation time and then be laid off when the dreadful partners and sales staff fail to sell anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As many review say ( even though the negative ones disappear quickly), try being honest with your employees. Don't ruin any more careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 9 people found this helpful  

    25% Attrition

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    Pros

    Partners allow you to have 1/600th of the money you earn for them.

    Cons

    A clever person will have already filtered through all the sponsored reviews and know what this "consulting firm" is all about.

    All I have to add to that is this: Capco North America currently has a turnover rate of about 1/4th the workforce per annum. There are telemarketing and food service jobs with better numbers than that. Top managers and partners are continually wondering in private why the attrition rate is so high, and why talented young people don't want to work for Capco longterm.

    The answers should be pretty obvious, but I'll give you a hint:

    - Horrible fire/hire culture
    - No direction
    - No choice
    - Endless politicking
    - Paltry bonuses and laughable raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The attrition rate is so high because it's obious you don't care about your employee's careers in the slightest. Get real.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Avoid like the plague!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in New York, NY

    Pros

    Collaborative culture and the tools and practices to implement them
    Good industry knowledge largely due to hiring industry professionals as opposed to consultants

    Cons

    Glorified body shop that does staff augmentation work
    Career suicide for any ambitious individual,management not engaged beyond selling
    Pathetically dishonest hiring and staffing practices
    HR, coaching and mentoring not able to keep up to pace with the current growth in staffing
    Quality of assignments is borderline administartive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarify your mission statement and be honest about it to new employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Experts at faking it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Limitless spending budget for the "right people"
    Decent pay for the "right people"
    Career progression for the "right people"
    Good projects for the "right people"

    Cons

    "Right people" mentioned above are not the ones who are good at their job. They are the ones that have been preselected by the upper management due to their selfish reasons. Make one point clear- you will never be the "right people" so even if you suck up to people and act like a butler, you WILL have an expiration date.

    They have recently tried to improve their image by clearing out or flagging the bad reviews on glass door that only a honest employee being here for a long time will address boldly.!shame on them and glass door for allowing them to do that. It's unfair marketing and gives the false impression to potential candidates who fall for these lies. If you want a true review talk to people behind closed doors/bars and probably after a few drinks to get the real deal which is brutal. Don't waste your career here and find something in the big 4 consulting firms who actually charge clients for quality work and not someone who pretends to be a big firm but has only a few good employees and gets mostly mundane projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You suck. Stop lying and faking it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Career Killer

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

    Pros

    H1 visa provider
    Great balance due to elementary nature of work
    HR protects brand by removing negative reviews
    Barely beats unemployment

    Cons

    A high prices staff augmentation, outsourcing agency for finance sector
    Not a management consultancy despite constant lying by partners and HR
    Long terms gigs at banks where you work with rebadged bank employees and patiently wait for your role to go to Capco India
    No tangible skills so gaping hole on resume
    Unethical partners and upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest. Success starts with integrity and this group of used car salesman have none.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Control your destiny

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    Pros

    + The NY office is still relatively 'small' and you have as much access to senior leadership and opportunity to expand your network as you can handle.
    + Concierge services are a little cheesy but it's nice to have support for busy professionals.
    + Interesting projects can and do exist; but you have to fight for them.

    Cons

    - It's still a job; you are getting paid for a reason.
    - Outsourced services mean it can be difficult to sort of employee benefits and paperwork
    - Expense system is being re-vamped but it's currently a hassle if you travel a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be open and communicative to all levels of talent. The negative reviews out there aren't entirely specific to Capco, but more to consulting in the FS space overall.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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