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American Capital Reviews

Updated April 7, 2017
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American Capital Chairman, President, and CEO Malon Wilkus
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  1. "Best company I ever worked for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends

    I have been working at American Capital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fast pace environment, always an opportunity to move up if you work hard, bright and energetic employees, casual atmosphere

    Cons

    It was good while it lasted


  2. "Vice President"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Capital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great employee benefits

    Cons

    Bought by Ares Management in January

    Advice to Management

    Too bad you couldn't save the company


  3. "A Great Place to Learn the Business"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berwyn, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berwyn, PA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Capital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    ACAS was a great place to cut your teeth in the PE business. Smart people with good diligence training.

    Cons

    It was a big place, so with that came a lot of bureaucracy.


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  5. "Managing Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Capital (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Managing Directors given great amount of discretion on how they optimize the performance of their team/portfolio. Great bonus structure. Good people who are focused on creating value.

    Cons

    A little slow to move when new opportunities arise.

    Advice to Management

    Too late for this, they have already agreed to sell the company to Ares.


  6. "Anlayst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Treasury Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Treasury Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American Capital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and close to metro

    Cons

    No quality of life/ No structure

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. "Great Benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Capital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good. The offices are very nice.

    Cons

    The experience you have at American Capital really depends on your dept.

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. "Interesting business model, great benefits, decent work-life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American Capital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Have been with the company for 13 years. I'm always learning something new here, and while some things get old, there are always enough challenges to keep me intellectually engaged. It's a roll-up-your-sleeves environment where even mid-high level managers are comfortable taking on the "doing" tasks when necessary. The benefits are great, the flexibility is a huge positive. While there are some departmental culture differences, the firm loosely embraces a work anywhere as long as you're productive policy which is fantastic. Pay is pretty good, and I love the people I work with. I was pleasantly surprised when hired and continue to be impressed with the laid back but tenacious and dedicated staff. Coming from another company that was a much stiffer financial services environment, the ACAS culture has been a breath of fresh air.

    Cons

    Senior management does not focus on operations as much as investments While this is good in some ways, it can be bad from the context of optimizing the efficiency of how information is gathered and disseminated throughout the organization. Strategy is set, but many process initiatives lack the follow-through required by senior management to enforce or encourage adoption. This can create many operational challenges in inter-departmental processes.

    Advice to Management

    Ask reports to recommend a list of top 3 process and strategic initiatives that would have the most impact on the company's ability to execute firm strategy. Make decisions on which to implement and make sure to enforce/encourage adoption by following through at various checkpoints. Manage personnel on the basis of execution of each initiative undertaken.


  9. "Great blue-chip company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Capital full-time

    Pros

    I love working at American Capital. It's publicly-traded. I get to work in private equity in the DC area. There are so many smart people. Great coworkers. There is a high level of sophistication.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  10. "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Capital (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Health benefits including family members.

    Cons

    Very much run with the Mean girl mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Truly implement the Open Door policy.


  11. "Excellent company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Capital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent private equity experience, with excellent employee benefits.

    Cons

    Reorganization of the firm - the closing of the Dallas office.



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