Capital Group

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Capital Group Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
357 Reviews
3.3
357 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 37 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 28 reviews)

  • It's a shame because people work hard with no work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Best job I've ever had

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  2.  

    Great company!

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    • 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 for less than a 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
  3.  

    Best company to work for

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    • 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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Long time for decisions to be made

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Associate in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Great compensation with two yearly bonuses and above normal pay for area. Perks include retirement plan and fee-free access to company services.

    Cons

    IT Leadership is focused on outsourcing jobs. You train your replacements from a third party. IT leadership takes forever to make a decision and the engineering group has more power and influence over IT direction because their director has sold himself as a "technology guy" simply because he brought an iPad to work 4 years ago. The company likes to pride itself on its history to the world but inside its a mommy dearest scenario.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the concerns of the rank and file. Sills of the future is inferred as look for a new job and get ready to train your offshore replacement.

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

    Company went from great to good

    • 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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Tenure based benefits - vacation, bonuses, generous retirement plan
    - Onsite activities such as carnivals, BINGO nights and BBQs
    - Community service days
    - Campus is beautiful, can't beat the surroundings
    - Bonds formed with co-workers

    Cons

    - Senior leadership
    - Shift in top-down culture
    - Lack of innovation
    - Employees feel like they can't voice their opinion when it's different than those who are in leadership
    - Lack of opportunities at senior levels - those who don't belong in senior levels aren't being effectively performanced managed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Listen to your employees
    - Core values are at risk
    - Performance manage those who are not effectively performing at top levels (senior managers and up)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Capital Group

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Capital Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and willing to help. There's a great work-life balance because it's rare for people to take work home.

    Cons

    It's hard to move up and get promotions because someone has to either transfer to another department or quit for a managerial spot to be open.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture is great!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Terrific Company - Really Has it Together

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

    I worked at Capital Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    During my time as a contractor at Capital Group (in HR) I was very impressed at how seamless their processes were. Everything was well thought out and ready to go. From on boarding to offer letters, they had everything in place. It made it a real joy to work there and be apart of something so organized.

    Cons

    The contractor role is a bit isolating. You're never truly apart of the team, although the rest of the organization tries their hardest to make you feel at home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do away with contractor roles - Just hire the right people and keep them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people and work environment, but very difficult to get ahead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great work environment. Still some life work balance left. Really great people to work with who are very smart and respectful to each other.

    Cons

    This company has very talented people who join the firm as very motivated and wanting to make a difference, but quickly learn that decisions take forever, and that collaboration is so excessive that it's actually anti-beneficial. Getting ahead in your career is the biggest challenge. Most Sr. positions are filled with external hires from consultancies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not forget that you already have very talented people in your work pool who just aren't that motivated. Create more opportunities for associates to contribute. Instead of hiring from outside to raise the output levels, promote from inside and you will get a much greater increase in output through higher motivation and engagement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Capital Group Photos

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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