Capital Group Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is encouraged (in 44 reviews)

  • They have great benefits like time off is about 21 days I think (in 54 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management tends to be hired from the outside (in 30 reviews)

  • Pays less than other alternatives (PE/Hedge Fund) but the work-life balance is fantastic (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Can it get any slower?

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Capital Group as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    We do get amazing benefits, the yearly bonuses and if you're in, you're untouchable. There is a good work life balance.

    Cons

    Quite possibly the slowest environment I have ever worked in, and is anyone ever accountable for mistakes they make or do they just blame it on the contractors? I saw someone packing up their desk today that I honestly that did an amazing job. Sometimes I wonder what management does all day. I felt akward today going to the "summer social" that contractors couldn't go to.

    Advice to Management

    What are you doing all day??


  2. Helpful (7)

    do not reccomend

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

    I have been working at Capital Group

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

    Pros

    The compensation is fair based on the work.

    Cons

    If you have any type of personality than you probobly don't want to be here. They frown on having an oppinion and are extremely sensitive regarding emails between colleagues. I read that contractors were the bottom before I got here but was hoping that it really wasn't true until I saw for myself. At any point in time you can get blamed by an associate for doing something wrong on an assignment that you might not have even been on but they don't care because people are so in and out here. There are some serious cliques here, I just never saw a company that functioned so much like a high school. I am just so in shock especially considering the companies "culture" and "values" that they claim to have. If you ever get hired here as a contractor just keep your head down.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Be Careful

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

    I have been working at Capital Group full-time

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Very welcoming company

    Cons

    There are a lot of things that pop up on you. Be very sure to read everything in the offer letter.

    Advice to Management

    Be completly open


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good Company but they treat contractors like trash

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Channel-Graphic Production Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Channel-Graphic Production Artist in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Capital Group (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Stable structured environment. Decent pay. Able to learn about the mutual fund industry. Enjoyed working with other departments when the situation presented itself.

    Cons

    Having to work for a hostile department head. The job description was nothing like the job you thought you had. Direction was unclear, tasks assigned were unchallenging, menial and downright demoralizing.

    Advice to Management

    Take a serious look at some of your department heads that have overextended their usefulness. Being rude, abusive, unhelpful, passive aggressive, and dishonest with contractors does your company no favors. If having a constant parade of new people come through your door at 50 dollars plus an hour doled out to temp agencies is viewed as a smart business practice - one can only hope that JPL is spinning in his grave for eternity. Disgraceful!


  6. Helpful (2)

    financial processing clerk

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Processor in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Processor in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Capital Group (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    It was ok pay and a nice facility

    Cons

    Working there felt like I was a robot, they tell us where to park when to take lunch how often we can get up from our seat to wake ourselves up mind you we sit in front of computers all day and can barely talk. They talked to us like we were dumb and I didn't like it. They give you feedback for everything and they don't want you to make any mistakes or you will get terminated from the assignment which I think is ridiculous. Not my type of job

    Advice to Management

    I felt management was rude


  7. Helpful (4)

    NAZI CAMP !!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Data Processing Clerk in San Antonio, TX
    Current Contractor - Data Processing Clerk in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Capital Group as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I would say break time but even at that you are watching the clock...don't dare be a second late.

    Cons

    Upper management/Supervisors like to walk around on their high horse and I think they get a high off of treating other adults like 5 yr olds. Horrible work environment. You basically can't breath without getting permission/getting in trouble. Most people in the section of Data Processing Clerks are temps (which are 95% of the employees) and will never be made permanent and they drop like flies in a moments notice. Unfortunately, the masses are so used to conforming they put up with it and are too afraid to say anything. They give you a 15 min window (your badge will not be able to open the gate not even second before) to get into the underground parking garage, park all the way on the bottom level, find a parking, go up the elevator and expect you to walk 1/4 of mile and get to work right at 9:00 am or whenever your start time is. Then as soon as you get there the fun begins...The Nazi's are on the hunt to point out everything you are doing wrong. If you enjoy being made to feel like a horrible step child this is the place for you. They also expect you to get a weeks worth of training to understand and apply a complex amount of information only to crack the whip as soon as you make a mistake. You can take notes but its all for nothing because they take your 1 piece of paper away from you shortly after they feed you to the wolves out on the floor. Supervisors need to practice what they preach. They bark at you for being human and having a 2 min conversation while they cluck in their corners laughing and carrying on. HELLO!...HUMILITY is one of their core values but they certainly don't behave humbly. And don't be surprised when you've done your very best and at the end of the day you get a phone call from your recruiter about your behavior. NOTHING makes them happier than nit picking your every move. Very disappointed as I was under the impression this was a highly respected employer. I wont even bother to put them on my resume.

    Advice to Management

    Read the Bible. You don't even deserve one star.


  8. Helpful (8)

    Good salary/benefits package; conformist, soul-sucking, hidebound atmosphere

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing/Communications
    Former Employee - Marketing/Communications

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    As other reviewers have said: "Stepford-like." Everyone is an automaton, even zombie-like. If you have a different opinion than someone in authority, you will be viewed as disagreeable. Everyone is superficially nice, but people don't accept different opinions. The company is really hidebound. Also, depending on your position, you could be chained to your desk. You're not treated like an adult.

    There are impenetrable layers of authority and bureaucracy. Nothing gets done. Ever. It's frustrating. Everyone is a project manager, so projects never get completed. You spend half your life in pointless meetings so people can hear themselves talk.

    If you're in asset management, and you actually manage money for the firm, I imagine it could be a great gig. If you do any of the ancillary tasks associated with asset management, it's a disaster.

    Advice to Management

    The non-superstar system is taken too far so that people's talents aren't properly recognized. It's also taken so far that people aren't properly utilized to the detriment of the company. It's not that it's not satisfying as an employee to work at Capital; it's the company harms itself by encouraging so much conformity.


  9. Helpful (5)

    This is the place to be if you wanted a stable, middling, zero advancement career.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    People around generally are very collegial, although the culture has morphed in recent years with the addition of a few younger associates that are adept at managing upwards but disdainful to support staff, only deigning to talk to you when they need your help. Nonetheless, if you like to work with smart people, this is a great place to learn. If you like a stable job with no growth but perpetually good healthcare benefits, this is the firm for you.

    Cons

    It is very old school, and management/culture has not been effectual in improving career development of employees at all. There is a stigma associated with entering the firm at a junior level, and how you progress tends to be determined by which program you came in, not by aptitude. Internal candidates that have been earmarked for promotion tend to wait around for years while the firm goes out on a limb for outsiders. They have enacted some superficial steps for improvement, but an ingrained culture that is against promoting from within is hard to change. This is relevant only to the investment group. The firm is generally more helpful in career development if you are in any other departments.


  10. Helpful (5)

    It use to be a world class company and now is just one of the worst places to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Windows Administrator in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Windows Administrator in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Capital Group

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice cafeteria and gym

    Cons

    They constantly changing the process, no opportunities to growth, you don't now for how long you are going to be working for the company, they are in the process of eliminating all positions and give to overseas company like INFOSYS from India

    Advice to Management

    you guys sucks


  11. Helpful (1)

    The worst company I have ever worked for...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Capital Group

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

    Pros

    In house cafeteria, pay well as a contractor.

    Cons

    Company does not have any values. Manager like to hire they own people (Indian) Discrimination. They differentiate between contractor and fulltime employee, and will look down on you. I would not recommend anyone coming here.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the bad practice of favoritism. Treat contractors as equal as associates.



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