Capco Reviews

Updated July 18, 2015
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Pros
  • Work life balance is awesome bc the work is beyond easy (in 8 reviews)

  • Good knowledgeable colleagues to work with from whom one can learn a lot (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Glorified body shop that does staff augmentation work (in 13 reviews)

  • You time off/ work life balance is the lowest priority (in 7 reviews)

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  1. quick summary

    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Capco full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good lifestyle, young company, good balance, family team values

    Cons

    promotion process is cloak and dagger, very clicky environment, not so great for experienced industry professionals, better for grads

    Advice to Management

    stop hiring associates as a company we look so young, immature and inexperienced,


  2. A year in at PC

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal C in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal C in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Capco (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Rapid growth? Interesting work and chance to be part of shaping the culture and direction

    Cons

    Admin function slow but improving. No mechanism for proposal development reliance on bench which is small

    Advice to Management

    Pension is poor! Stop wasting money!


  3. Helpful (6)

    Aldi charging Waitrose prices

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Capco (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    A lot of social events and off-sites, minimal travel should you wish to remain local. A lot of the clients are big name banks which would look good for the experience. The salary is pretty decent considering the roles are not demanding.

    Cons

    Tricky politics when it comes to driving your career can be frustrating. There are a core group of individuals that 'control' the progression of individuals in the appraisal process. The development of the workforce is more afterthought as the in house courses seem to cover basics. Considering the day rates the clients are not getting the value in terms of actual consulting. The management team on accounts are coasting and therefore not interested in aiding junior members. Associates are little more than minute takers. If you're over the age of 30 you will feel too old for this place.

    Advice to Management

    Bring quality over quantity and assess the development of the workforce. Stop asking people to write in favorable reviews to boost the ratings. Stop with the 'Family' rhetoric.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Lots of smart folk but not really a strong identifiable corporate culture

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant (Business Management) in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant (Business Management) in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Capco

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Smart people who have deep technical expertise in their subject domain area. Strong content training material. Reasonably good knowledge sharing culture. The focus is on technical skills (rather than consulting ones)

    Cons

    There is not much sense of the collective. You will just roll on from one (stressful) project to another. The variation of capability within grade will make you cast a sceptical look toward those more senior (by title) in the firm. Can appear to be a revolving door of partners at times.

    Advice to Management

    Promotion seems to be too strongly dependent on the 'golden halo' effect. Probably time to take a deep breath and have a serious think about what sort of differentiating culture you want to create


  6. Helpful (8)

    Cliquey body shop - Avoid if you aren't a grad or in the Accenture gang

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Capco full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    There's a pool table in the office

    Cons

    Terrible micro management by senior staff In house training generally poor Lack of roles that are anything more than PMO body shopping


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Capco

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very supportive company and keen on individual development

    Cons

    Can be too focused on subjective contribution subjects

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. Helpful (5)

    Awful experience - Avoid Capco at all costs

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Capco

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

    Pros

    New office is nice and that's it

    Cons

    - Salary is weak - Forget about promotion opportunities if you are not part of the clique. - No good quality projects - Coaching is really poor


  9. Helpful (6)

    If you value your career dont join, whatever level you are. You will get paid more and learn a lot more contractor

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of drinking, and a hand full of good people remaining.

    Cons

    All training is in house and done by people who are very amateur in their chosen SME. Career progression is dependent on what account you are on and has nothing to do with that you actually deliver for your clients. There are very few good people left at SC, PC, MP level. A lot of middle management have risen though the ranks too quickly and limited projects and have no clue on how to manage people, run projects let-alone deliver anything of value. A lot of the projects are also not very inspiring. They actually don't know what being an actual consultant is. There is a lot of body shopping just to make extra revenue which could be done by any contractor. People have been lied to just to get them onto roles. This place is not a meritocracy its a joke, you would better off in the big 4 or a small boutique house.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate or train a lot of your middle management and bring in a proper strategy as it stands you will keep loosing the best and be stuck with filling quotas with just anyone that walks though the door.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Massive growth with associated issues both good and bad

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Capco full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High performing business with massive growth and ambition. Whilst roles can be Cap Market centric, if it's your thing, then the current growth in these areas is great Interesting ethos and strong community culture which does give it a great feel Very competitive salaries with a twice year review for promotion lots of opportunities for career progression Your career is very much up to you - pro and con for this depending on how you prefer your career to be managed

    Cons

    Can feel cliquey but that is often more perception than reality Roles can suffer from lack of variety especially within Cap Markets Rapid expansion runs a risk of diluting the ethos and character of the company

    Advice to Management

    Don't get greedy and start over reaching to the detriment of the community you've built.


  11. Helpful (20)

    Grown too big for its own good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Capital Markets Management Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Capital Markets Management Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Capco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training, most clients are Tier 1 Investment Banks, social young environment, strong leadership, interesting relevant projects

    Cons

    Capco is a cult - small group of ex-Accenture consultants run the company, office politics - choose your clique well, consultants sold as "experts" to clients and forced to lie about experience, long term assignments with little care given to welfare, company grown too fast to maintain the intimate family type environment that once was

    Advice to Management

    When promotion is based on who is sleeping with who and how many of the senior management you are drinking buddies with there is probably something going wrong....



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