American Capital Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
21 Reviews

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American Capital Chairman, President, and CEO Malon Wilkus
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    Blue Chip Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for 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
  2.  

    "Great Company with Rooms to Improve"

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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 American Capital full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you are interested in PE or alternative assets, this is the company to work for in the Washington D.C. area. Great co-workers, good pay, 100% covered medical/dental benefits, decent vacation time, free iPhone, and gain experience from smart people. Good hours - expect to work 50 to 60 + hours/week.

    Cons

    No formal training. No company-wide interactions. No flex hours. No equity options for most employees. Company offers many unnecessary benefits instead pay more bonuses, increase 401 k match, offer employees to buy stocks at a discount or give options.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company

    • 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 for 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
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  5.  

    Wonderful Company

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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 American Capital full-time

    Pros

    American Capital is a wonderful company. The C-level managers are fair and approachable; they are strategic and have the best interest of the company, employees and shareholders in mind when making decisions.

    In my opinion, the benefits are above average. Great culture!

    Cons

    The communication between the C-level and the rest of the organization could improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The C-level executives are doing an excellent job. It would be great if they interacted with employees on all levels instead of just those on the senior level.

    An approachable, open door policy would be great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to gain experience and learn

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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 for 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

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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 for 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.  

    P/E firm and asset manager

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

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

    Pros

    pay and sincerity of CEO

    Cons

    lack of formal reviews and aggressive co-workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have your sr mgmt people meet with their groups more often, keep people informed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not managed well

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Capital

    Pros

    Attractive compensation, decent benefits, some perks at higher management

    Cons

    bad culture, subject to market, bad portfolio

  10.  

    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 for 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
  11.  

    good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    good work/life balance
    smart people
    great benefits

    Cons

    Not a lot of diversity in management personnel
    Limited room for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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