Capgemini Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Senior Consultant

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

    I have been working at Capgemini full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    One of the better companies I have worked for. A great team of people and a pretty good cross-section of technical accounts and deliveries. Very good work/life balance and loads of opportunity to increase exposure, skill, and to work towards advancement.

    Cons

    Like any big company, this one has its good points and its bad points. But overall a very good experience for me.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes a little too exuberant in bringing in business. More vetting and greater thought needs to be applied. Sales teams are a bit too hasty to sign up business which then needs to be managed and corrected by delivery teams.

  2. It is what you make it

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

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

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

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance is totally manageable for a consultancy firm
    Great people to work with and generally friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Sometimes feel disconnected from the company when fully based at client site
    Within the graduate program there is a lot of mis-communication that causes issues

    Advice to Management

    Improve Communication

  3. Good Company, people and interesting projects

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

    I have been working at Capgemini full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Nice people, good work/life balance,

    Cons

    Near enough impossible to get training, redundancies, losing best staff and replacing with graduates, no social or team building days, low morale and constant fire fighting.

    Advice to Management

    Need to invest in people, provide opportunities and involve technical people at pre-sales level.

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  5. Lots of potential, but consistently fails to live up to it.

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

    I worked at Capgemini (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Flexi-working possible
    If lucky enough, some projects can be very good experience and fun

    Cons

    Lot of legacy, stagnant employees who spoil it for everyone
    Poor governance leading to a big disconnect between management teams and consultants
    Time that has been spent by a person in the company is more important than skills and capabilities
    Very political at mid and senior levels
    Lower pay compared to other similar companies, much lower compared to bigger companies
    Lost some pretty big clients recently, leading to highly stressful environments (needless amounts to innocent bystanders)
    Big push to send jobs offshore to reduce costs (Pro if you work in India, Con if you work anywhere else)

    Advice to Management

    You need to look at your governance structure and performance review processes. Many good employees have left, and there's a reason why you are stuck with the ones who are still there.

  6. Capgemini's SAP practice is a great place to work.

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

    I have been working at Capgemini full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great training, interesting projects, good people

    Cons

    Lower pay that others, long-term distant projects

    Advice to Management

    Increase the pay for graduates who have been on the scheme a long time, otherwise there is too much competition from elsewhere

  7. No respect, no shame... just awful.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Capgemini full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The exposure and capacity to move around departments and areas of IT is a plus.

    Cons

    Redundancy process is a stealth exercise. No communication around what is happening in business units and where there cut backs are stemming from.
    Relationship with client is one of deceit, trickery and shoddy delivery. A result of not hanging onto key knowledgeable resources in the support teams, it's dead inutile not a peoples company and their tag like 'people count results matter' is laughable.
    The big bosses at the top are so disconnected from the people on the ground that are delivering the profits and nations for capgemini. No pay rises and bonuses paid out in many years.... Yet sending out communication bragging on how well the company is doing in profits... Shameful behaviour.
    Hotel behaviours and culture means certain groups will always keep jobs within their cliques and not offer them fairly to other succesful and more suitable candidates. Hiring process is based on who you know, you don't necessarily have the right personalities for certain high level and client facing jobs!

    Advice to Management

    No advice all for a group of people that are so far removed from reality.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Curate's Egg - Good in Parts

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Capgemini full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Large corporate with many opportunities across sectors and disciplines
    Some good executives
    Generally humane people management

    Cons

    Some internal processes cumbersome (e.g. recruitment)
    Quality of management depends very much on local circumstances
    Very dependent on a small number of high value accounts

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of VP's
    Improve consistency of people management
    Invest more in technical skills of technical staff

  9. Helpful (2)

    Ok for a short time but don't stay. Take the training and experience and go somewhere you will be appreciated

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

    I have been working at Capgemini full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    1. Well known name and good to have on your CV
    2. Good experience
    3. Capgemini offices finished to a high standard
    4. Plenty of training available
    5. Opportunities to travel and work with many clients (although that's much the same with any large organisation)
    6. Work life balance can be good and include opportunities to work from home - but that is very dependent on the current assignment manager. Get a bad manager and they'll schedule 9am and 6pm meetings and expect you to be there. Work out who the bad ones are and avoid them.
    7. Capgemini staff used to be (and still are, if you can find them) bright and well motivated. Company has grown extensively and many new staff have joined through acquisitions of smaller companies or staff transfers through outsourcing deals. Often new staff are not of the same calibre as those who had to go through the rigorous recruitment process.

    Cons

    1. Pay is below average and the company has a tendency to freeze salaries so that it can post good results to the market. Bonuses are not worth bothering about unless you are at a very senior grade.
    2. Promotion (apart from junior grades) depends on employees producing a justification and then arguing their case in front of a panel. It is not based on Capgemini recognising effort.
    3. Annual review system is a joke. There are hugely involved HR systems but ultimately all ratings are normalised to a bell curve which means virtually everyone gets a middle of the road average rating.
    4. Poor job security. Company will happily shed staff at regular intervals with no obvious rationale (staff on fee earning assignment can go whilst staff between assignments stay). This has become less transparent: there used to be public twice yearly redundancy rounds in the summer and winter (famously informing employees on christmas eve one year) but although the redundancies still go on it is no longer public knowledge.
    5. Massively unwieldy internal systems which are hard to use, poorly integrated, and sometimes just don't work very well.
    6. Review process is very dependent on review manager. A good one who will fight your corner makes a huge difference compared to one who just follows the process. But that's luck of the draw.
    7. Increasing emphasis on outsourcing which is all about delivering to the letter of the deal and minimising cost. That doesn't make for a good place to work.
    8. Seems that the long term view of Paris HQ is reflected by the fact that half the organisation is now composed of offshore divisions (often acquisitions of local companies) from some of the poorer parts of the world where labour is cheapest.It is not clear where or even if this will stop.

    Advice to Management

    1. Treat employees with some respect.
    2. Stop bleeding employees year on year so that market results look good.
    3. When bidding to clients stop chasing the cheapest option and recognise that quality is worth paying for. If a client wants to pay the minimum regardless then they are probably not worth doing business with.
    4. Slim down the internal systems. Especially HR.
    5. Give staff more flexibility and freedom.
    7. Do not publish glossy culture and values stuff unless you are going to abide by it

  10. good place to work.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Company values its staff, good cultural interaction, work-life balance

    Cons

    Grading and poor performance appraisal

    Advice to Management

    Improve compensation and growth opportunities for folks working at client site

  11. Not the greatest

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

    I worked at Capgemini

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

    Pros

    Working from home and holidays are pretty good

    Cons

    Low wages, limited career development, no training what so ever

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