Capco Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
171 Reviews

2.9
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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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  1.  

    Good working environment

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Capco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company invest in employees education.
    Management is very supportive and reachable.
    Diverse and international environment.
    Options for relocation.
    Vacation days- European style

    Cons

    Compensation & Benefits are below market value
    Long hours- including weekends
    100% Traveling- most of the time you spend on clients site.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to keep good people you need to be competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Principal  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Principal in New York, NY

    I worked at Capco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I liked working for Capco because the leadership team was hands on and were easy to speak with and discuss ideas and issues. The team members were a great group of individuals and were good to work with. Projects were large and provided opportunities for all levels of staff to grow.

    Cons

    Bonus program was an issue as the firm only gave a percentage each year of the annual bonus earned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider staff growth, titles, and compensation as compared to competitors so staff better understand how they compare/contrast to other firms.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    a lot of opportunities to learn

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Capco

    Pros

    great environment, free snack, easy to access management

    Cons

    long hour, projects can be boring sometimes

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If you are new to consulting or a seasoned professional, Capco offers a unique experience. They are entrepreneurial, meritocratic and have very flat organization. You don't run into the traditional roadblocks of burdensome process and lots of approvals. If you have good skills in working across an organization, you will enjoy working at Capco.

    Cons

    If you are not a self-starter, you may struggle with navigating your career options.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    An opportunity to be part of a growing, thriving entrepreneurial organization with Big-4 pedigree

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - The leadership and management heavily comprise ex-Big4 team members
    - Capco provides an environment that resembles a consultancy like Accenture or Deloitte but without the constraints that these organizations have; if you have a good idea then you'll get the backing to succeed.
    - Opportunity to focus deeply on
    - Flat leadership structure with approachable, supportive partners
    - Many experts with deep domain acumen in Financial Services, recruited from FS organizations directly
    - Small and nimble e.g. New York office has been able to make and realize the benefits of investments in digital much more quickly than similar organizations

    Cons

    - An entrepreneurial environment is not going to be for you if you are used to sitting back and waiting for opportunities to come for you, many come from industry (as opposed to consulting) and do not appreciate the need to manage your own career
    - While they aim for a 50:50 blend of FS acumen to consulting skills, many resources have come straight from industry and require investment of time from consultants to round them out, so coaching becomes very important
    - Being small and young requires pivoting; propositions and methodologies aren't always fully formed as they would be in a larger organization. On the flip-side, you get to create them
    - Demand and growth is strong (>30% yoy), which means that resource constraints is a continuing challenge especially as Capco has high standards in the recruitment process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - The balance between being nimble and having an industrialized delivery machine is one that needs to be constantly attenuated
    - We need to be more vocal about how we are differentiated by the background and deep FS expertise of our staff
    - We need to be louder about our brand

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Capco Response

    Sep 2, 2014

    Thanks for your thoughtful response. It is an exciting time at Capco, as we are growing significantly, and continually looking for ways to innovate and provide more opportunities for our people and ... More

  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Incubator for going nowhere fast with your career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Capco

    Pros

    Paycheck twice a month. Lots of free food and drinks. There are some really nice people.

    Cons

    No career growth or professional development. No coaching. Poor mentoring. Training classes are created by employees that put together powerpoint presentations which then get branded as "classroom training" by the firm. The career development of employees is not taken seriously. It is too much of a BBC (british boys club) fraternity where rating systems are actually more similar to a popularity contest. Most of the roles are staff augmentation oriented - this is not management consulting. It's not even consulting or advisory. Most opportunities are based on filling a previously fixed cost headcount with a more tax friendly variable cost role for the client while focusing on outsourcing such roles to India for the client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You treat the firm like rich parents who don't particularly care about their children nor the commitment it takes to raise them properly. You just hand out money or "candy" to kids in an attempt to keep people happy. You don't really seem to care about anyone or their career development. Owning your own career doesn't mean sticking around the office to latch onto senior leaders in order to just show your face and doing some google research for them,. Additionally, if you were truly Big 4 talent, you would still be at a Big 4 firm rather than a low cost alternative that is flooding the financial services market with staff augmentation roles.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Career Killer!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Capco

    Pros

    Elevated self esteem after realizing you're working with bottom of the barrel peers and management.
    2 paychecks a month
    Free fruit and beverages
    Work life balance is awesome bc the work is beyond easy.

    Cons

    Gaping hole on your resume bc there's no career development.
    Extremely high turnover
    99.9% Body shopping/Staff Augmentation
    Rampant lying by management/partners
    Below market pay packages
    Bonuses are a slap in the face.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Firms are graded by its leaders and you get a big fat F! The lying is disgusting and you should be ashamed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Avoid like the plague!!

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Capco full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Collaborative culture and the tools and practices to implement them
    Good industry knowledge largely due to hiring industry professionals as opposed to consultants

    Cons

    Glorified body shop that does staff augmentation work
    Career suicide for any ambitious individual,management not engaged beyond selling
    Pathetically dishonest hiring and staffing practices
    HR, coaching and mentoring not able to keep up to pace with the current growth in staffing
    Quality of assignments is borderline administartive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarify your mission statement and be honest about it to new employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Experts at faking it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Capco full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Limitless spending budget for the "right people"
    Decent pay for the "right people"
    Career progression for the "right people"
    Good projects for the "right people"

    Cons

    "Right people" mentioned above are not the ones who are good at their job. They are the ones that have been preselected by the upper management due to their selfish reasons. Make one point clear- you will never be the "right people" so even if you suck up to people and act like a butler, you WILL have an expiration date.

    They have recently tried to improve their image by clearing out or flagging the bad reviews on glass door that only a honest employee being here for a long time will address boldly.!shame on them and glass door for allowing them to do that. It's unfair marketing and gives the false impression to potential candidates who fall for these lies. If you want a true review talk to people behind closed doors/bars and probably after a few drinks to get the real deal which is brutal. Don't waste your career here and find something in the big 4 consulting firms who actually charge clients for quality work and not someone who pretends to be a big firm but has only a few good employees and gets mostly mundane projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You suck. Stop lying and faking it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Major Strategy and management shift since 2012. No longer a place I would want to be. Bad place to "make" a career.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Capco full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Insurance. Some cool people still there. Some management actually know what they are doing and are great to work with (Principle Consultants and Partners). Banking Domain still has some good projects but big brother FIS wants more staff augmentation.
    If you cant find any work - then go for it with an exit strategy

    Cons

    Capital Markets domain is now run by ex-IB operations guys who are destroying the company's reputation with Staff Augmentation projects. Management lies straight to their employees about nearly everything.
    Lots of money spent on the New York "in office" perks. If you are on a project and produce revenue for Capco, you will never see any of these perks so no need to list them.
    Salary increases do not keep up with inflation. Bonus is a joke for Financial Services.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire hundreds of people a year while you loose 25% of your work force is not a good strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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