Capita Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
187 Reviews

2.4
187 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good work/life balance, plenty of activities and Summer/Winter events organised (in 10 reviews)

  • Not minimum wage, fairly easy to change working hours as long as the department has availability, and also has some decent people working there (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • No support from senior management when dealing with operational staff (in 8 reviews)

  • Sometimes acts like a new company rather than an established one and career progression is confusing (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Capita

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Capita

    Pros

    Some absolutely excellent people. Fairly relaxed working environment.

    Cons

    No career opportunities and recognition of hard work.

  2.  

    A company continually restructuring

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, flexible working conditions

    Cons

    Siloed working divisions, poor training opportunities, poor communications from senior management within divisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Up the communication, focus on creating greater staff engagement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Terribly disorganised and they rip off their own staff

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

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

    Pros

    There is such a lack of visibility of who is doing what that you can get away with not doing much work.

    Cons

    10% bonus described in contracts is never given to anyone except directors and above who usually get more than that. No pay rises. No personal or professional development. Completely unstructured. Almost non-existent communication from senior people. Clients choose Capita because they are cheap (and therefore rubbish). Senior positions are only given to chartered accountants, regardless of relevancy. The whole company is run by accountants who are bean counters and who place zero value on the employees. Only work for these ungrateful idiots if you like to be viewed as a "productivity unit" on a spreadsheet. Expect nothing in return for hard work. As an example: just before Christmas each year we receive an email telling us to do between 12 and 20 hours of mandatory online training that is non-billable and must be completed in our own time. Not doing it is a sackable offence. Work 20 hours one day and expect to be given some slack the next day? No way. You must bill 7.5 hours each day or face disciplinary action. Any work over 7.5 hours is a free gift to Capita and they write this into the contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to re-evaluate the whole way your company is run by putting an emphasis on employee satisfaction. It wouldn't take much effort or money. Happy employees do good work. As it stands pretty much all of my colleagues openly hate Capita and specifically you, the upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Recruitment business

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Capita

    Pros

    There are a number of accounts that they have won

    Cons

    No career progression. Very much depended on who you were as to getting any opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career maps

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer  in  Pune (East Timor)
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Pune (East Timor)

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

    Pros

    Good environment to work in

    Cons

    Policies not satisfactory need to improve and be more employee centric

    Recommends
  7.  

    Too much cost cutting and not enough investment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Capita

    Pros

    People I worked with were great and helpful. I learned a lot

    Cons

    Poor salary and general unwillingness from the top down to promote or keep anyone good

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Balance of everything as long as one plans to stay at the base level,if u want to grow then this is not the place to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Insurance Executive  in  Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Insurance Executive in Mumbai (India)

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

    Pros

    Balance of Work,Personal space,Salary youll be able to work here for a very long time,can work here if u dont plan to get promoted

    Cons

    Too much politics,applying for IJPs is Hell. Most managers are WOMEN,Not employee friendly at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Control politics, focus to be employee friendly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Nasty bullying culture. Underinvest in systems and staff

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at Capita full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Colleagues pleasant to work with. If you can take being shouted at then I suppose there are good opportunities for advancement as staff turnover is stratospheric

    Cons

    There's a nasty bullying culture that comes right down from the top. I have sat in meetings where senior managers have been shouted at. This has resulted in a staff turnover of over 60% in the IT department in the year I was there. They also underinvest in their systems (how they manage to keep their FCA approval I'll never know) so they fail a lot and there is continual pressure to fire-fight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Directors responsible (it is well known at corporate level who they are) should be sacked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Active barriers to growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Capita

    Pros

    Lots of work/experience at entry level

    Cons

    1. Pay
    2. Top heavy with inward looking, unresponsive management
    3. Barriers to progression
    4. Barriers to involvement and innovation
    5. Poor communication systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be less formulic and, work on staff involvement and strategic thinking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)

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

    Pros

    Good leave policy and good transport facility.

    Cons

    Compensation not as per the performance and no growth opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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