Capital One Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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Capital One Founder, Chairman & CEO Richard D. Fairbank
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Pros
  • Flexible work timings at Capital One helps to maintain work life balance (in 255 reviews)

  • Work-from-home policy is dependent on team individually, but is generally flexible (in 70 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance sucked tremendously because the questionable shifts they have you work (in 60 reviews)

  • Performance management process does not encourage associate alignment to corporate goals (in 66 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (29)

    Like working at a (technology) startup that has good funding, great benefits, and decent work-life balance

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Capital One full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is an update of a review I previously posted

    Benefits are great. 401K up to 7.5% company contribution, short/long term disability paid by company, discounted company stock purchase option, vacation days (able to buy more during open enrollment), unlimited sick days, 3 family care days, free financial planning consultations via Fidelity, free use of athletic trainer in company fitness centers twice a week (there is a fee to use the fitness centers, but no additional charge to use the trainers). I find the medical insurance (bronze/silver/gold options through Aetna) to be expensive compared to the HMO I can get through my spouse's employer, but I don't think the Aetna costs at Capital One are out of line with what I have observed at other companies; I'm not a fan of the high deductible though. Capital One does try to brunt the pain of the high deductible by offering free health clinics on site at major locations (no copay - family members can also visit) and no copay to visit CVS minute clinics. Very progressive company - just announced expansion of maternity leave to 12 weeks PAID, 2 weeks paid paternity leave, 6 weeks paid adoption leave/surrogate leave (if your child born via surrogate), $10K contribution toward adoption expenses, fabulous medical benefits for families with autistic children. Company will contribute up to $1000 toward your flexible spending accounts (medical/dependent care).

    My manager (and senior leadership team in general) have been absolutely fabulous - when my dad died, I was told "take the time you need" - very humane.

    I had severe culture shock after joining Capital One for a very long time... I have encountered very few "slackers" and am continually impressed at how responsive most associates are to any requests/questions I may have - it's highly unusual for it to take more than 4 hours to get a response. Capital One takes pains to hire very intelligent, data-driven associates. I am very satisfied with my work/life balance, but that balance can be a bit unpredictable at times (mainly because I am in an operational role - stuff happens... and you have to deal with it right then).

    Capital One has taken great pains to recruit/retain associates hired as interns/new college grads - this program is very well-designed/run. They would be well-advised to pay a reasonably equivalent level of attention to experienced hires (obviously, more seasoned hires don't need as quite as much hand holding). While there is clearly room for improvement in this area, I've observed some progress on this front over the past few months - a *lot* of energy spent on trying to improve the onboarding process for experienced hires within my line of business so that they have everything they need to do their jobs once they finish the 1.5 day long HR onboarding process (which incidentally is *very* well done). Similarly, I've observed some efforts aimed at reducing the red tape that makes it difficult to do your job efficiently and reduce the "environmental" learning curve associated with being a new hire. While you might be a subject matter expert in your area, you can't be effective without also understanding the company environment.

    I am thoroughly impressed by the company's commitment to doing the right thing by their customers. While I won't go into any detail here, suffice it to say Capital One gives up a LOT of $ by not following the same practices used by many of the other large financial companies. The latitude given to call center associates to satisfy a customer's needs is unprecedented.

    Capital One University is a fabulous resource for associates ... many different types of training courses (online, instructor lead) are available - many at no cost to the associate's department. Subjects covered are typically either line of business centric or role centric (e.g. project management college, software engineering college, information security college, etc.).

    The corporate culture is heavily oriented toward recognizing associate contributions. The size of your pay raise and bonus are heavily predicated by your performance review rating (which is in turn based upon your contributions); the higher your performance review rating, the larger your pay raise/bonus. Bonuses can comprise a very significant portion of associate compensation - the higher your paygrade, the more significant the bonus is.

    Any associate can recognize another associate or team of associates for their contributions. The recognization can range from a simple thank you note to points that can be redeemed by the associate for gift cards from a wide variety of vendors to cash awards.

    Promotions are a *HUGE* deal at Capital One.. they are generally recognized twice a year. All promotions are publicly announced (typically first within the individual line of business, then company wide). If you are on the receiving end of a promotion, you can count on being flooded with congratulatory IMs, emails, and phone calls from fellow associates once the announcement is public. It can be a bit overwhelming if you aren't expecting it. Promotion recipients are also invited to a luncheon with their managers and members of the senior leadership team. I personally have felt very empowered to "grow my flame" here.

    Mobility within the organization is excellent - there are many, many roles available within information technology. If you get tired of your current role, there's an excellent chance there will be an opening in a different area of IT that you can apply for.

    Cons

    The "startup" culture at Capital One can be a double edge sword - if something isn't working, just wait six months (or less) and it will change.

    If you are a person with a "glass half empty" attitude or someone who greatly values organizational structures/processes etc. remaining static over a long period of time, this is NOT the company for you.

    There have been big changes in the senior leadership team (most external hires) in my line of business during the time I have been at Capital One, a significant number (1100+) of associates hired (many as part of the drive to insource key functions). While I think the CEO and very senior management have good plans for the company (e.g., identifying key objectives each year, and making solid plans to reach them), objective identification/planning within my own line of business has historically been shaky at best, largely due to understaffing/lack of resources and multiple reorgs. I have noticed some positive movement in this area over the past 2-3 months - I do like what I'm seeing/hearing - but will reserve judgement for another few months. If this changes significantly for the better, I'll up my rating from 4 to 5 stars.

    Predictably, mentoring of associates is not what it should be in my line of business given the staffing challenges.The company does pair up a "buddy" with new hires who request it. While I had a buddy, I didn't find it useful because the buddy was not in the same location or same role as me, and so was not able to answer many of the questions that I had.IT has been switching over to agile-based methods (not just for software development), while also shifting to a federated model in which IT resources are assigned to a particular line of business rather than a centralized pool of IT resources. While there are some distinct advantages to that approach (e.g., IT resources are intimately familiar with the applications of their line of business and the associated network infrastructure; fewer issues with prioritizing needs across different lines of business), it makes it difficult for the remaining "central" IT organization to keep track of everything that is going on. Time will tell how this gamble pays off.

    Associates in general don't like the performance management system, but overall I think it provides a decent measure of fairness. Everyone that I've known that has received a promotion truly deserved it.. 360 feedback is strongly emphasized as part of the performance management process. Forced "cross-calibration" sessions amongst managers of all associates at the same level are performed biannually as part of the performance management process to ensure everyone uses the same standards to rate associates. This can be a little awkward if you are at the same level as your manager (yes it happens). Your manager's ability/willingness to advocate for you during these sessions is key. If the managers participating in these cross calibration sessions don't think highly of you, you're sunk...You need to be *very* aware of that in your daily interactions with other associates. One of the main criticisms of the performance management system is that it emphasizes individual performace more than team performance. Some steps have been taken to shift that, but too soon to judge the effectiveness of that change.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long hard look at your organizations and make sure they are organized in a way that makes sense. Then reorg once and be done with it. Similarly with Agile/federation model, think through all the processed long and hard - the devil is in the details - before pulling the trigger.

  2. Vault Operations Teller

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Capital One

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are great and the PTO! All employees start with 20 days off each year after 90 days. Great hours!

    Cons

    There's no room for advancement in some departments. The sales quota is too high. Teller referral expectations are too high. Unless you live in Richmond, VA it is hard to find a back office job because they are eliminating a lot of jobs in other cities and moving to headquarters in VA.

  3. Overall great company but some integration challenges

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    I worked at Capital One full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Capital One is a great company. The CEO has great strategy and has made the company very succesful

    Cons

    They are currently working through some culture challenges resulting from integrating Bank acquisition and a focus on hiring external talent for Digital positions. The culture can range from conservative "that is how we always have done it" bankers to "hey let's do this cool think" digital managers

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  5. Be a smart worker, friendly to customers and everyone around you, and you will go far.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Capital One full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits! Great environment! No sales! Just customer driven focus. I really enjoy the positive team atmosphere that welcomes fun, decorations and diversity.

    Cons

    It takes a long time to move up in the company, and the associates that need discipline go without. The site itself seems impressive, but there are not enough meeting rooms.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership can be like high school, everyone is friends and everyone gossips. It makes you hesitant to trust and open up about a problem, because everyone finds out about it.

  6. hR senior manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Senior Manager in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Senior Manager in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Capital One full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Hard work rewarded, culture, facilities

    Cons

    Not many honestly, feel lucky to work here

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire best people

  7. Bank teller

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bank Teller in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Bank Teller in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Capital One part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Career advancement, personal growth, flexible hours

    Cons

    Some branches are understaffed

  8. You'll have good days... And bad.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cafe Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Cafe Sales Associate in Boston, MA

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

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

    Pros

    The staff overall is extremely great. The leadership is very understanding and always willing to help. If you work really hard you will accomplish great things with this company.

    Cons

    Some will work extremely hard and well beyond your pay grade but will potentially wait an extremely long time for advancement opportunities. Advancement is based on who you know and not necessarily the experiences you contribute to your team.

  9. Sr business analyst

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

    I worked at Capital One

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flex hours, good work, great manager

    Cons

    Slow to change, slow to promote

  10. Great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Capital One full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities for career growth.

    Cons

    Company will only allow remote workers for certain roles/departments.

  11. Great culture and benefits, but struggling with [digital] growing pains now

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Business Manager in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Capital One (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Genuine, intelligent people
    - Fun work culture
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    - Middle-management stuck in old work culture/way of thinking
    - Needs clearer roadmap to vision

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in digital training, especially for middle-management

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