American Capital

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American Capital Reviews in Bethesda, MD

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
28 Reviews
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American Capital Chairman, President, and CEO Malon Wilkus
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  1.  

    Dynamic workplace with high expectations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at American Capital full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    * Provides a flexible work environment. The emphasis is on delivering, not on what time you are sitting at your desk.
    * State of the art IT infrastructure and software
    * I would put their compensation levels in the 90th percentile based on my experience
    * Performance expectations are very high, but so are the salaries, with nice perks and benefits
    * Friendly, cooperative work culture

    Cons

    None I can think of, honestly. It's a great place to work. There are probably people here who are tough to work with but you find that everywhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Run from American Capital

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at American Capital full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Loose atmosphere and a great place to learn, to the extent you teach yourself.

    Cons

    Incompetent management
    Zero Work/Life Balance
    Middle management worried about status and not execution

  3.  

    Blue Chip Employer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Not Disclosed in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Not Disclosed in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at American Capital full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You will work with very talented and motivated people
    There are a variety of positions, from investment and valuation professionals to internal accounting and IT, that will provide challenging work
    The people you work with on a day-to-day basis are very nice - few, if any jerks
    The benefits are outstanding and the HR team really cares about the people
    The technology infrastructure is second to none
    The Company has rebounded strongly since the Great Recession which is a testament to the tenacity of Senior Management

    Cons

    Communication across from the top could be greatly improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refer to cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at American Capital full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    American Capital is a great company to work for. Compensation packages are above average, and the general work environment is very pleasant. I am fortunate to work for a great manager who is very invested in employee satisfaction and development. In my observation, the different teams and departments within the company work together quite harmoniously. Plus, opportunities certainly exist to cross train and advance.

    Cons

    I have no cons to present.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to gain experience and learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at American Capital full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    ACAS is involved in a wide variety of investment strategies, that leads to a lot of experience. Get the chance to work with some very good people. Comp/benefits are great. Quality work is noticed and rewarded. Always something new going on.

    Cons

    Management doesn't always provide clear direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a strategy/goal and focus the entire firm in that direction. Generally need to communicate better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nice place to work, lots of great talent, genuine CEO, and good pay & benefits

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

    I have been working at American Capital full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There's been a lot of change in the company in the time I've been here, which has afforded some excellent opportunites. On the whole, this has been the best company I've worked for, and I've worked for some good ones. Some of the nices perqs are the good pay and 100% company paid benefits. Executive Management are fair and decent people.

    Cons

    Communications from the executive management could be improved. In all the time I've been here, the CEO has spoken to the general staff all of 2 or 3 times. Diversity is not a strong suit either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice if executive management could reach out to the general staff more often, at least once or twice a year. Focus on creating a more diverse work force, particularly at the higher levels of management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Too bad everyone is not like Malon

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at American Capital full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Malon Wilkus, nice colleagues, young company with a future

    Cons

    HR is rediculous. I'm surprised there have not been more suits relating to HR. Upper management does not care how departments are run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at your SVP's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Some smart people mixed in with a bunch of legacy employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at American Capital full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent private equity experience as there is great transparency in the firm. Lots of knowledge to be learned from the IC if you pay attention and are self-motivated.

    Cons

    Poor communication between teams. Ambiguous roles and responsibilities within certain departments largely because of layoffs over the years. The company seems somewhat lost after the financial crisis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some money so you can hire back the essential people that were laid off during the crisis.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    You can learn a lot working there

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at American Capital

    Pros

    During it's growth phase, you learned a lot and were given a lot of responsibility

    Cons

    The hours could be long. Morale was not great after the layoffs started in 2008. I'm not sure if morale is back to it's 2006 levels yet.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    ACAS Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at American Capital

    Pros

    Lots of talented employees, good atmosphere.

    Cons

    limited opportunities for advancement, lower than market compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn your focus towards retaining key employees or there will be no one left once the debt restructuring is behind us.

    No opinion of CEO

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