Capgemini Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
2,061 Reviews

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Capgemini CEO and Director Paul Hermelin
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Pros
  • Work life balance is not that great but felt better than my previous company experiences (in 221 reviews)

  • The work culture is good and flat hierarchy system really makes it a good place to work (in 189 reviews)


Cons
  • Maintaining a healthy work life balance can be a challenge sometimes (in 77 reviews)

  • 9 1/2 hrs work is the stupid decision took by senior management (in 58 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a great place to work, but managable

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    good compensation and great opportunities if you know people around. Work culture is good

    Cons

    should work more on its resource management . no good hikes and improve their performance management cycles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on employee needs and use employee as your strength

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Capgemini is run by lawyers and accountants. Not a good place to be if you are in outsourcing.

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    Former Employee - Principal  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Principal in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good pay and decent benefits. Many smart and good people to work with. Lots of freedom to work your way (that's not always good though).

    Cons

    Group leadership (CEO, CFO, SBU CEOs) are bureaucrats and not client-friendly or visible in NA. The NA leadership in Applications Services is weak and not trusting of one another. Infrastructure SBU is a mess and poorly led. BPO seems to be doing well but questionable leadership. Cap is very "balkanized" and different parts of the company are set up to compete against each other (i.e., Sogeti v Apps One). Cap has eliminated the outsourcing SBU and merged it into the projects business, which has resulted in Cap becoming a minor player in outsourcing deals. Cap's focus is entirely on margin improvement rather than revenue and client growth. This has mainly translated into the movement of many NA jobs to India.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create and communicate the strategy for the Group and the SBUs (it doesn't exist in my experience). Focus on client industry sectors as primary organizational units. Incent the business units to work together to serve clients. Group and SBU leadership needs to be actively visible in NA. Reinvigorate the outsourcing business or exit it entirely - otherwise you are wasting your money and people's time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding, but Self-created Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SAP Staff Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - SAP Staff Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    International Project Exposure (some projects)
    Strong Training Budgets

    Cons

    Expect Nights and Weekends
    Poor Leadership
    Over Promise, Under Deliver

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff projects appropriate out of the gate. Spending money at the beginning saves your team and avoids client disappoint later. Bringing in resources when it's too late does neither team any good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Quickly changing environment

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Rosemont, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Rosemont, IL

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn & understand changes taking place in the industry

    Cons

    Lack of clear process can be a challenge
    Growth opportunities are limited

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Horribly Managed Company

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Capgemini full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial approach in the management of the company.

    Cons

    Expected to do a lot with no support and no budget. Culture is a shark tank. People are pitted against each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All senior leadership should be fired. There is no direction, no vision and no strategy. It might be better if they just sold off the company in pieces and closed the doors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company for middle level employees

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Rosemont, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Rosemont, IL

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

    Pros

    Good clients, very mature leadership when compared to other india based IT companies, does high end consulting

    Cons

    not many projects managed by cap. mostly staff aug

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Capgemini

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Capgemini for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Adequate Benefits with competitive salaries

    Cons

    Formal, big company politics, unreasonable expections based uneducated sales force, off shore drive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the committment, proven output and loyalty demonstrated by long term employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    This company isn't for the right fit for many people....

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    -Good benefits, including those for domestics partners
    -Fully inclusive EEO policy

    Cons

    -Extensive travel
    -Difficult to achieve work/life balance
    -Salary increases that come with promotions do not make up for the amount of additional work and responsibility that will be required with the new title.
    -Only one type of career path; Up or Out. Does not have any career path for people that would like to just be an individual contributing SME.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Performance Management process is tedious, overly time consuming and ineffective for when 65% of the resources will only get a 3 rating. Too much emphasis is placed on the need to "toot your own horn".
    -Year End roundtable process is no longer objective and fair, and HR doesn't hold people accountable for it, but just turns a blind eye. People Managers have very little say or power in the process, yet are made to believe they do. Account team pre-calibration roundtables are what really drives the ratings and really invalidates the need for true BU/SL ones.
    -The manadate to cut costs has been taken way too far, and has caused you to not supply resources with adequate tools; laptops are being kept for 7+ years, corporate cell phones come without email access and data plans for your resources who are traveling 100% but are below the sr. manager level.
    -Too much time and money is spent on continually "re-organizing" the group internally. Selling off our healthcare practice back in 2003 to fund and internal re-organization is one of the worst decisions ever made.
    -Resources are not valued for their true efforts and length of service with the company, but instead are considered to be easily expendable at any time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced environment with diverse and challenging projects

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Capgemini provides a unique experience to let you opportunistically grow your career with result reward compensation. I have been with Capgemini for just over 4 years and have been actively promoted from Senior Consultant to Senior Manager. I feel that Capgemini does a good job of promoting and rewarding those who work hard and deliver results.

    Cons

    The major cons to working for Capgemini continue to be work life balance. I find myself on the road nearly 100% of the time. It's also a difficult place to really un-plug and take a vacation. The last 2 vacations I have taken it was nearly impossible to disconnect , so it's easy to get burnt out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work on employee diversity and inclusion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing into consulting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Capgemini

    Pros

    Project opportunities have variety. There are sparks of positive leadership peppered throughout like hidden gems.

    Cons

    The culture and leadership tactics are not focused on a "people first" mentality: Engagements are more important than the people involved in them. Just in time hiring is tactical and not strategic resulting in a narrow competency base with limited consulting "soft-skill" strength.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your people are the products you sell, they should be exalted and put on a pedestal and taken care of in every way possible. Instead they are marginalized, underdeveloped and treated as commodities. Change that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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