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Atif A. Abdulmalik
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  1. "Arcapita"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manama (Bahrain)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manama (Bahrain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial and flat management structure/culture
    Focused strategy
    High caliber team
    strong shareholder and investor base
    Has learnt lesson from past

    Cons

    Early stage of implementing growth strategy

    Advice to Management

    Have clear strategy and stick to it


  2. "Encouraging Management Team"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arcapita full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong Family Culture, Management Team value fresh thinking and new ideas.

    Cons

    Working in a regional office it is sometimes hard to get exposure needed to accelerate in career.

    Advice to Management

    Understand employee strengths

  3. "great organization"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manama (Bahrain)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manama (Bahrain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arcapita (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    everything is great about ARCAPITA.

    Cons

    none really except for the long hours lol


  4. "Good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Manama (Bahrain)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Manama (Bahrain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment. Senior management are very approachable, friendly and flexible.

    Cons

    Legacy chapter 11 matters to deal with

    Advice to Management

    Compensation and benefits need improvement.


  5. "Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Manama (Bahrain)
    Former Employee - Associate in Manama (Bahrain)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arcapita full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good learning experience and exposure

    Cons

    Bad culture and a lot of politics

    Advice to Management

    Improve the culture and invest in high calibre staff


  6. "Disappointed."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial and friendly work environment?

    Cons

    Grossly Incompetent senior management. Doesn't have a clue about anything other than accumulating air miles through senseless travel for no reason.

    Advice to Management

    The business model does not work anymore.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Massive Restructuring Required at Arcapita"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Allowed to be very entreprenurial. Generally get to work with really nice people. Culturally, it is a nice place to work. Shame about the ability of senior management (who are nice but incompetent)

    Cons

    Senior management fail to understand how to run a private equity business. Capital allocation decisions are made on the basis of popularity. The investment committee is comprised of the heads of the deal teams, who's deals are up for approval. There is no chief investment officer or chief risk officer of the bank. The end result is that Arcapita has lost close to US$800 million of its clients money across a portfolio of deals with a book value of US$3 billion. NAV is substantially less.

    Advice to Management

    US$1.1 billion of debt due in April 2012. Total debt of US$2.5 billion. NAV of US$2 billion. Cash revenues are non-existant and are predicated on synidacating new deals (there is no money to do this). Do the math. Company needs to be completely restructured and rebranded with new senior management.