Capital Group

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Capital Group Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
362 Reviews
3.4
362 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There's a great work-life balance because it's rare for people to take work home (in 41 reviews)

  • They have great benefits like time off is about 21 days I think (in 53 reviews)


Cons
  • Still unable to figure out exactly what senior management did all day at the office (in 30 reviews)

  • Pays less than other alternatives (PE/Hedge Fund) but the work-life balance is fantastic (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people, Good Benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Capital Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People were very approachable and willing to help
    There was good work life balance, people left the office by 5pm mostly.
    good benefits

    Cons

    office culture is insular, and does not compare to industry standards
    slow decision making
    too many people needed to make one decision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more outward looking

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company overall with some flaws

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Capital Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generally, the people make this a nice place to work. For a financial firm, there are pretty modest egos amongst the analysts. Good retirement, bonuses. Work-life balance is highly encouraged. Lots of opportunities for training and development. Nice offices, well maintained by efficient staff.

    Cons

    Promotions are far and few between, especially in certain departments. You will get raises but your title will not change. Doesn't look good on your resume if you're looking to show a well-defined career path. Senior management tends to be hired from the outside. This has weakened the corporate culture considerably.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Best job I've ever had

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Capital Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The associates here are extremely intelligent, capable, and professional. In every sense of the word. The recruitment process is long and dire to make sure the people who come through the door full-time deserve to be here.

    Cons

    Bigger, more bureaucratic company than the usual fund. Pays less than other alternatives (PE/Hedge Fund) but the work-life balance is fantastic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best management team I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Very flat, horizontal structure in the investment team when it comes to investment discussion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good, but no longer GREAT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Capital Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with some very intelligent and professional people--some would even say there's too much collaboration. I've made some great, what I know will be life long friends working there. Pay is more than fair, especially once bonuses are factored in and the benefits are in the upper quartile of all companies. There are plentiful opportunities to get involved with non-profits as well as volunteer opportunities in the community. Work-life balance is a consideration, at least in my department.

    Cons

    When I first started working here, there were very few layers of management so you always felt like you had a voice and could make a difference by influencing a decision maker. Nowadays, senior managers manage senior managers and there are way more layers of bureaucracy than ever before. Upper management positions constantly seem to be filled with outsiders and corporate values seem to have eroded over time. A defined career path is one of the most desired items by employees but HR has done a poor job communicating their plan to offer one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Geez, which layer of management do I give this advice to? That's sort of the problem. Also, while I understand the need to go outside the company for certain skillsets, the near unanimity of that policy has created some unwanted downstream consequences--namely, those making decisions have no clue how their decisions affect the day-to-day workings of the company and the people who have to execute on these ill-conceived changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Capital Group

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Trust Account Representative in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Trust Account Representative in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Capital Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great retirement benefits. Lots of time off.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility opportunity. Pay is not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management will only take advice from the next management level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Conservative company, limited opportunities to move upward.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Capital Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People really stick to the core values of the firm. Every discussion revolves around ensuring that shareholders are served well. The integrity of CG associates is excellent, and there is always an effort to ensure that project leaders engage across functions to make the best decisions possible. The company has been around for 80 years, and has earned its reputation as an upstanding long-term investment firm.

    Cons

    Conservatism and team-focused efforts have a dark side: they keep folks from getting things done. I found management often unable to make a decision out of fear that they had somehow not gotten buy-in from every potential party. The 80/20 rule doesn't exist there--you have to run decisions and potential actions by every single person who might be affected. Risk tolerance is zero, which hampers the ability to move quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower associates to make decisions and have responsibility/accountability. Lots of smart folks lack opportunities at CG because management is too tied up in details to pay attention and help them develop.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for if you have no ambition and don't mind bad management.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Capital Group full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits. Associates are generally nice and respectful.

    Cons

    Leadership is pretty weak. Some team managers like to play favorites and will only make accommodations for them. Senior team managers are gone for the majority of the day. Mandatory overtime puts a strain on work-life balance and there is no room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All associates need to treated equally and senior team managers need to be available when needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Capital Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, caring culture, and very professional. There is true work-life balance here for being on the buyside. The ability to focus on investing is truly a treasure.

    Cons

    Since the company is so large it can take a little while to get up to speed on all the benefits and procedures.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Best company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Capital Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Has great benefits and corporate culture

    Cons

    Managers don't pay attention to employee growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A good place to work if you are established in your career. Benefits and scope of work can be really great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Capital Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, retirement benefit, great physical environment, strong ethics.

    Cons

    In some departments, career growth is stagnant, despite attempts to make it appear differently (trainings and education assistance).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead your people, not yourselves. Leave the egos out of meetings so that discussion is more relevant and concise. Everyone is busy, let's minimize associates hearing themselves talk and maximize efficiency. Analysis paralysis = yes. Collaboration to a fault = yes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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Associates take a break outside to enjoy the beautiful Los Angeles weather.
Our collaborative culture encourages group meetings and brainstorm sessions.
Our on-site cafe offers indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a wide range of breakfast and lunch options.
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