Capital Group

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Capital Group Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
351 Reviews
3.3
351 Reviews
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Pros
  • great family friendly environment, great work life balance, beautiful campus (in 34 reviews)

  • They have great benefits like time off is about 21 days I think (in 51 reviews)


Cons
  • Still unable to figure out exactly what senior management did all day at the office (in 28 reviews)

  • It's a shame because people work hard with no work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    A good place to work if you are established in your career. Benefits and scope of work can be really great!

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

    I have been working at Capital Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice people, retirement benefit, great physical environment, strong ethics.

    Cons

    In some departments, career growth is stagnant, despite attempts to make it appear differently (trainings and education assistance).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead your people, not yourselves. Leave the egos out of meetings so that discussion is more relevant and concise. Everyone is busy, let's minimize associates hearing themselves talk and maximize efficiency. Analysis paralysis = yes. Collaboration to a fault = yes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Terrific Company - Really Has it Together

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

    I worked at Capital Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    During my time as a contractor at Capital Group (in HR) I was very impressed at how seamless their processes were. Everything was well thought out and ready to go. From on boarding to offer letters, they had everything in place. It made it a real joy to work there and be apart of something so organized.

    Cons

    The contractor role is a bit isolating. You're never truly apart of the team, although the rest of the organization tries their hardest to make you feel at home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do away with contractor roles - Just hire the right people and keep them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    unique large company culture, extreme collaboration, solid benefit and stability but outdated business plan

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Capital Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    1. Great work life balance
    2. Good salary and benefit
    3. Each employee opinion count, not sure if this is pros or cons.

    Cons

    1. A few steps behind current market leader
    2. Efficiency between business and IT relationship is highly questionable. Some departments are better then other.
    3. Being large company, heavy politic involve in getting anything done, seems extremely inefficient
    4. Super top heavy

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people and work environment, but very difficult to get ahead

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

    I have been working at Capital Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great work environment. Still some life work balance left. Really great people to work with who are very smart and respectful to each other.

    Cons

    This company has very talented people who join the firm as very motivated and wanting to make a difference, but quickly learn that decisions take forever, and that collaboration is so excessive that it's actually anti-beneficial. Getting ahead in your career is the biggest challenge. Most Sr. positions are filled with external hires from consultancies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not forget that you already have very talented people in your work pool who just aren't that motivated. Create more opportunities for associates to contribute. Instead of hiring from outside to raise the output levels, promote from inside and you will get a much greater increase in output through higher motivation and engagement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low risk job

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

    I have been working at Capital Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Everyone has a job for life, ability to hire as many people as you want, only have to work a few hours a day, everything is driven by tenure of your time here so you just have to be willing to stay for 20 years then people will listen to you. Everything can always wait another year or two so never much pressure to do anything better or quicker or use a cheaper solution, and no need to answer your phone or deal with annoying people as with other companies where quick results are expected. Provides for a great lifestyle!

    Cons

    Not much merit focus but it depends upon what you want

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep things the same. We are all pretty happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work. The IT organization continuew to evolve to better meet the businesses needs.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Capital Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Competitive pay
    Great Benefits
    Great Retirement Plan
    Good Work Life Balance
    Privately held with long term focus
    Always looking for innovative ways to improve IT service delivery. New ideas are always welcome and encouraged.

    Cons

    The long term focus can mean that implementing ideas can take an extended amount of time as you build support for your idea as you collaborate with other teams and stake holders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keeping up with changing and emerging trends is vital to success in IT. Encourage participation and attendance at least once overy three years at an industry conference.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits, check your ambition at the door

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Services Representative - Senior  in  Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Client Services Representative - Senior in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Capital Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Company sponsored retirement plan that contributes 15%; generous vacation, education benefits. Two annual bonuses, NAV purchases on American Funds mutual funds

    Cons

    Painfully slow career development - in some instances, 10+ years before being placed in a supervisory position. Went on a hiring freeze from 2008-2011, but now that business has picked up since the Financial Crisis, mgmt is scrambling to keep up with hiring needs.

    Historically deliberate in decision making, the organization has been making technological and operational "enhancements" at an increased pace over the last several years. Many of these updates have resulted in system interruptions and other issues that should have been caught in testing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many associates feel "stuck" in that promotions are few and far between. The career advancement initiatives (On the Grow, et al) are ineffective and in many instances a rouse for development.

    Project management needs help. Too many similar projects taking place where data, results, findings, etc., can be leveraged from another group, yet each project seems to operate in its own silo.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Institutional Client Marketing and Service

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Capital Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Solid, stable company with strong leadership. But not as good as it was before.

    Cons

    No longer an employee focused firm. Lack of upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to your old culture. It worked! Employees thrived which made the company thrive. It was a great place to work that inspired long tenure. Now it's a shark tank!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    This company tries to take care of its people.

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

    I have been working at Capital Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very good benefits,,, two type of bonuses.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity if you are a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Accountant

    Former Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Capital Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great work life / balance. Great benefits, especially retirement contribution. Very nice, intelligent employees that value teamwork and collaboration. Very low turnover.

    Cons

    Very difficult to advance in the organization.

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