Capgemini
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www.capgemini.com Paris, France 5000+ Employees

Capgemini Reviews in London, England

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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Capgemini CEO and Director Paul Hermelin

Paul Hermelin

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    Offers opportuniities for those who want to take them

    Human Resources Business Partner (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsCollaborative, non hierarchical, friendly, entrepreneurial, challenges. If you are up for a challenge you can find it - you own your own career direction. Great set of values

    ConsThe communications system could be a lot better and branding could be a lot stronger outside France. I would change the Mobile serivce provider. Offices are OK, but a bit bland.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember to live all of the values, they really mean something

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

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    One of the best SAP graduate programmes out there

    SAP Consultant (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsCapgemini is a very enjoyable company to work for and there are some extremely bright and talented people working for the organisation. They pride themselves on their people, and this certainly shows – the colleagues that I have worked for have all been extremely friendly, helpful and very knowledgable. They do offer a lot of support to graduates and even though you are supposed to "define your own career path", you'll get a lot of help and advice from various people within the organisation. The socialising culture, especially on projects, is rife and it is certainly a “work hard, play hard” kind of company. There are plenty of training opportunities available (especially within SAP) and Capgemini actively encourages graduates to do internal work (which can bog you down slightly) and extra web-based training courses.

    For graduates, the major draw to Capgemini is the offer of a 5-week intensive (and all expenses paid for) study trip to Mumbai, India, where you will learn an SAP module of your choice (as long as it fits in with the team you are assigned to). Although you don’t come back an expert (and you are expected to do some more self-study when you return), the experience is absolutely fantastic and you also get an insight into the way Capgemini’s offshore teams work (around 35% of their staff are based in India), which can be especially useful when working on projects.

    The SAP graduates are treated very well and there is a good opportunity to network across the entire organisation. Twice a year, a “training” (read, booze-fuelled) weekend is organised, with international destinations such as France and Germany, and there are plenty of socials organised throughout the year as well, with business presentations and frivolities to match.

    The office environment is very relaxed (the Holborn offices in central London are probably the nicest, but good luck finding a hot desk in there) and there is a very flat hierarchy within Capgemini – although there is a clearly defined grade structure, graduates can talk to vice presidents without feeling undermined. One of the most noticeable differences between Capgemini’s employees and other employees in the IT world is that Capgemini people have a personality – which cannot be said for others in the game.

    ConsFor graduates, the most common gripe is the starting pay, which is around 25% lower than competitors in the industry and there is no London allowance or relocation bonus. Graduates based elsewhere are on the same salary (and grade) as a graduate who is based in London, which is slightly unfair given the higher cost of living in the capital.

    The pay and promotion model is extremely complicated – there are very few people at Capgemini who fully understand it – and you have to know the right people to get a promotion (especially more senior members of staff), as these are the people who literally “sponsor” your promotion case. This can be a problem if you are on the bench for a while (not something that I have experienced), as project experience and utilisation rate (i.e. the amount of your time spent that is billable) weighs heavily in your favour when it comes to filling out your case. Being promoted as a graduate also requires you to be certified in SAP, and if you are doing one of the more difficult modules (e.g. Basis, MM) then this can hinder your promotion slightly.

    Depending on your project, you can be away from home for up to 5 days a week, which may not suit some people, and travelling to client sites can be long and arduous. Although it’s a great chance to rack up some decent hotel points, living away from home can be slightly tough and the working from home policy isn’t clearly defined across the company – clients expect “face time” (after all, they are paying Capgemini for you to be there) – and this can lead to some conflicts. Working hours can sometimes be long, depending on the client, and the company has only recently addressed the work-life balance (and even then, its implementation across the company has been a little flaky).

    For an IT company, the internal systems are quite old and can sometimes be a major hindrance to your work (cobblers’ children, after all!) Useful information is quite hard to find (the company's intranet is shocking) and you have to end up pestering people by email, as you’ll come across a lot of conflicting information. Within SAP, however, this issue is being addressed.

    Graduates are often put into PMO and testing roles when they join, and there is a slight tendency to stick graduates on any project as long as they are billable, which may not even be an SAP-based project. Although there is a get-out clause with the India training (mentioned above), you have to be quite forceful with this and throw your weight around a bit, otherwise you will get roped into a role for 12–18 months which you may necessarily not want to do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAddress the lower-grade pay scales for graduates to encourage them to stay at Capgemini after the 2 year graduate program is finished. Don’t rely too much on the offshore presence and try and put graduates on more exciting or international projects, which use the latest SAP technologies.

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

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    No ethics concerning HR issues

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

    Pros-Very good salaries
    -Nice building
    -Good benefits

    Cons-No personal life due to loads of work
    -Bad management style
    -No business ethics among employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your human resources

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Varied experience over 10 years

    Senior Manager (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsThe advantages of working for Capgemini include the fact that it is a large organisation with many opportunities that are available to take advantage of if you wish. Being widely spread over the UK, it is possible to work from your home, depending on role, and therefore improve your work / life balance. There are also global opportunities.

    ConsCons include the inevitable politics of a large company; you need to take the initiative to progress; there is a lot of dead wood, TUPEd in from outsourcing arrangements etc and some of that will be above you and resent you if you are ambitious. Finally, company direction is set at headquarters in France, and that sometimes doesn't translate well into the UK.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStrategy is fluffy and full of key words - employees need to know what they are doing and why to be fully motivated. Too often I heard that people's jobs were going offshore - that should be an opportunity to get rid of process-heavy jobs and focus on being agile in country.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Underwhelmed.

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    Pros1. Graduate training
    2. Networking, some people are very talented

    Cons1. Review system. This is the system used for promotions, you're doing GREAT if you secure a raise in line with inflation.
    2. Salary. It's well below market average, how do you expect to catch up with Accenture et al, when they you don't match salaries for talented graduates?! I've been offered 33% more money for the same role from their main competition....
    3. Culture. They talk a good game about breaking into the top four, of IT Consulting, but don't back it up. They offshore everything to India for a better margin which they're too depending on now. Also lots of talk of international opportunities and rotations, but just all talk.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhere to start? Reward the talented employees who actually add value. not the ones who just do their manager's dirty work but add nothing to Capgemini. Improve graduate retention, it's so low because of the poor pay, the talented ones get snapped up...

    1. Promote the young and ambitious (I'll be moving because of lack of this, Cap is too slow in recognizing and rewarding)
    2. Be arrogant, stop this inferiority complex regarding Accenture, IBM etc.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor appreciation of staff in senior management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsFriendly team members, opportunities to train via CBT, good work/life balance

    ConsSenior management seem oblivious to the the low morale of the workforce, unable to compete financially, lack of career progress, no recognition for hard workers

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake time to listen to and fully appreciate the views of the company' main attribute - the staff. Reward those that deserve it and don't turn a blind eye to thise that consistently under perform.

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

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    Senior Production Support Analyst (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsGood work life balance, friendly colleagues and good environment to work.

    ConsNot many opportunities for rotation and I have seen many people being made redundant once their project have ended.
    I have given the best of 13 years of my life working for Capgemini UK and worked very hard to keep the contract with the client going but was shown the door once Capgemini didn't require my skill-set anymore.
    The Capabilities team made loads of promises about x-training to new technologies and helping us finding new accounts to work on once our project would end.
    They never kept their promises and I was put on compulsory redundancy a few months before the contract with the client was due to end.
    Capabilities didn't provide any help whatsoever in finding a new account to work on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHard work should be rewarded to those who earn it.

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

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    Not good

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsLocated in central London so commuting to the office isn't too bad

    ConsNo training, poor review system and low salaries in comparison to the current job market.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good colleagues but a horrid review system. Low pay.

    Lead Consultant (Software Engineer) (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsI had good colleagues and line managers that meant well and tried to make the best out of the situation. There is a good benefit scheme in place.

    ConsCap has become a bodyshop where your personal well being is of no interest other than to your nearst colleagues. I went through difficult times at home after having commuted for about two hours each way over two years, and asked to get in on a project closer to home (there were plenty of them). First it was a yes, then silence for two weeks and finally I got moved 4.5h away from home.
    The review system is a joke. You will not get promotion unless you are in with the right people. This is not a place for those who want to be rewarded for their efforts; Cap does not pay well. I made a salary jump of a good 24% getting a job in the same sort of role but with a different company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to look at how you can get your best employees to stay and create a culture that make people proud of working at Cap. Good people should be rewarded, not having to fight with a rigid and work demanding review system that is a real annoyance anda neuseance and which take way too much focus away from the real work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    World-class Drupal team, incompetent senior management

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsThe best technical and relaxed colleagues I've worked with. Most of them are Drupal Core contributors, the devops are have broad technical and great soft skills too. I would have a pint with any of them, any time.

    ConsIncompetent senior management. Old guys, who stopped DOING and MAKING technology 20-30 years ago. They are talking about fancy keywords, such as cloud and big data without the technical knowledge to implement the current practices.
    The salary is ok, but does not follow the change of the consumer price index and skill growth.
    Benefits spread unbalanced between staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire the architects, technical consultant, who can't write code. Fire the sales people, who don't understand agile and promise the Jupiter with his moons to the client. Fire the test managers, who can't write and review test automation scripts. Fire the BAs, who can't construct proper user stories. These people worth nothing for an IT company and you are managing an IT company for God sake!

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

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