Capco

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Capco Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.0 162 reviews

69% Approve of the CEO

Capco CEO Rob Heyvaert

Rob Heyvaert

(109 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Very transparent. Very flexible work.

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Pros1. Good if you are interested in traveling.
    2. Decent wage rate.
    3. You get to learn a lot from your senior folks.
    4. Has high values for consulting.
    5. There are some folks in this company who have good educational and work background. These guys are very friendly and approachable. If one could get hold of them, we could learn a lot.

    Cons1. Has too few opportunities for H1 and green card aspires.
    2. Also because Capco is solely into financial sector, has too few clients.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood until MP level

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    A balanced review of Capco

    Consultant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Pros1. Being a small firm, Capco gives you plenty of opportunity to stand out, develop your own personal brand, take initiatives in yet-to-be-explored corporate realms, and truly be a part of molding the firm as it grows and matures.
    2. Being a small firm fosters a strong, cohesive community/family atmosphere. This can be good and bad. Good in that it's quite easy to be "in the know" of opportunities and foster a strong social network. Bad in that it creates fertile ground for gossip, and people can be in each others business a little too much at times.
    3. Relatively easy access to top-level people. However, as the company grows larger, I believe this will be a challenge to maintain.
    4. Excitement involved with being a part of a fast-growing and fast-changing firm.

    Cons1. Being a small firm, the success and fulfillment of one's time at Capco depends a LOT on the type of project you get staffed on. The pipeline is pretty small, so one has little flexibility in choosing a type of project he/she wants. It's kind of a "take what you get" culture...so you can either be really miserable (get staffed on a dead end non-consulting staff-augmentation type project that is completely unrelated to your career) or completely content (i.e. getting a project that aligns your career ambitions).
    2. Easily one of the biggest cons is the direction Capco has embarked on in the last couple of years - namely targeting more 'staff augmentation' type projects. Although cash cows, these massive projects can hardly be called management consulting projects, and are basically gigantic vacuums that suck up people in bulk, with no respect for their career goals or skill sets.
    3. A few people command too much power in ways that they shouldn't. Inevitably, this results in employees having to cozy-up to these individuals in order to advance certain aspects of their career ambitions...particularly when it comes to getting staffed on in-demand projects as well as getting promoted. This does not do justice to the whole "meritocracy" label that Capco prides itself in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStrive to stick to your core principles as the firm expands and grows at lighting pace. Many of the core princples Capco should be proud of (open door policy, easy access to employees of all levels, meritocracy, personalized attention) are easy to fulfill and maintain in a small firm, but will inevitably get more challenging as the firm grows.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Great Work Culture but average salaries

    Consultant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsIt has Great Work Culture!!

    ConsAverage Salaries, does not match with your experience

    Advice to Senior ManagementSalaries/ promotions should be based on merit

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Was good, now bad

    Consultant (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Pros-Salary, Paid Vacation, learned how to do testing and do PMO.
    -Much better reputation in Europe.
    -Possibility of doing a year stint in Europe

    ConsSome roles you work 9-5, others 8-9 however your pay and bonus is the same with everyone else. You can do an amazing job at their new "outsourcing" projects but no one in Capco will ever see it so don't expect reward when you save the world.

    Corporate direction changed drastically in 2013 with their first "changesourcing" branded staff augmentation project. This is what Capco is pushing and landing these projects. This is all they want to do in the future so if you join now do not expect management consulting. Expect PMO or Testing to be 95% of open roles.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Consulting Firm

    Principal Consultant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsOpen door policy with Partners
    Above par career development and training
    Exposure to Senior Executives on client site

    ConsNeed a larger bench to meet pipeline and internal initiatives

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe growth is amazing, but don't lose the culture.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great deal of opportunity, and political intrigue

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsA true meritocracy, you will be rewarded for hard work and dedication. You will be pushed to excel and grow as much as you can, or care to. Reasonably liberal with promotions, it is performance-based only, and not up to a prescribed time at a certain level. Also some truly great people and leaders to learn from and work with.

    ConsWatch your back. Arrogant, desperado management team has a knack for reminding people they're not valued, while engaging in gross displays of nepotism. Fresh business initiatives are like flavors of the week, are misguided and often the victims of shortsighted management choices that stifle true growth and the very innovation they claim to promote so hard. Parent company FIS remains a strange and vague background presence.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop feeding your employees lies about the nature of the business. Sporadic, unstable business growth and decline is the nature of YOUR business, not THE business.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSome very good pools of talented people

    ConsLike any organization, this is not a one size fits all and there are good 'pockets' of talent within the organization but it is not consistent, promotions are not always based on merit / performance (there are some who are very deserving and Otha where one scratches their head...), integrity and moral indiscretions at the leadership level (more so than any organization I have been affiliated with in my career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Glorified Staffing Agency

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros• Partnered with big names in the financial sector
    • Good place to START if you’re transitioning from industry to consulting
    • Decent lower end Company to start out of college wit

    Cons• Capco has changed from consulting firm and into a glorified staffing agency
    • Projects are high-end Staff Aug and Operations work – Strategy and consulting projects are few and far between
    • They have no methodology’s, frameworks, models or even a knowledge management that helps junior / mid-level learn or grow professionally (they poach heavily on industry professionals because of this)
    • Consultants are heavily leverage against projects they are over qualified for, this leaves resources on projects well below their competency and have no room to be challenged
    • Extremely High Turnover (Voluntary)
    • High Layoff rate
    • The new ‘Changesourcing’ is just re-branded outsourcing, the nature of these contracts end with sending roles to cheaper off-shore locations (Massive Hiring followed by Massive Layoffs)

    Advice to Senior ManagementHuman Capital is your greatest asset in this industry, do not forget it. No one cares how flashy (and hollow) your Digital Innovation Lab is.

    Knowledge management (and retention) is not an industry differentiation but rather an industry standard. You’re losing opportunities, expertise, assets, and money hand over fist without it. Leveraging credential slides are just empty words and promises when you’re starting every project with a blank slate.

    Lastly, be honest with people. You may have started out as a great small consulting firm that concentrated on innovative and strategy projects, but you have changed your business offerings to for more large scale and profitable pastures with long term staff loan (operations) positions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A bold ride building another great technology advisory team

    Partner (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsAutonomy - able to create our own destiny

    ConsNo time to rest - but that's consulting

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep adapting to the market - never stagnate

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A company in transition and growing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome excellent leaders. A very egalitarian working environment. Excellent exposure to middle and upper middle management in financial services firm. Not afraid to gamble and not afraid to fund ideas.

    ConsStaff augmentation part of corporate equation is increasing. This appears to be an issue for employees who want to be in management consulting.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more explicit in terms of what the new pipeline means from a career standpoint.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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