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Capco Reviews

Updated 2 March 2015
Updated 2 March 2015
257 Reviews
3.3
257 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is pretty dependent on client, I saw both sides of that (in 8 reviews)

  • Good knowledgeable colleagues to work with from whom one can learn a lot (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Glorified body shop that does staff augmentation work (in 13 reviews)

  • You time off/ work life balance is the lowest priority (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    3 people found this helpful  

    The energy is contagious!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Capco full-time

    Pros

    The old saying, you get out of it what you put into it is absolutely true. After being "sold" to Capco last year I had to start over with a new company. I've had more praise, recognition, awards and opportunities in the past year than I had in the last 5 years at my previous company. The ability to get involved in areas that interest you is a great motivator and gives me the boost in my career that I didn't even realize was lacking.

    I've seen first hand, the integrity of the Partners who have backed up employees against unrealistic expectations from a client.

    Medical insurance policies offered come with a zero deductible.

    Cons

    If you struggle with networking, you will have a challenge.

    There is a great deal of growth right now and at times it will seem disorganized. If you have little patience or require more rigor and structure, it might not be the right place for you. You will need to be more agile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a re-leveling plan for employees who have been acquired after 6-12 months.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Massive growth with associated issues both good and bad

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    High performing business with massive growth and ambition.
    Whilst roles can be Cap Market centric, if it's your thing, then the current growth in these areas is great
    Interesting ethos and strong community culture which does give it a great feel
    Very competitive salaries with a twice year review for promotion
    lots of opportunities for career progression
    Your career is very much up to you - pro and con for this depending on how you prefer your career to be managed

    Cons

    Can feel cliquey but that is often more perception than reality
    Roles can suffer from lack of variety especially within Cap Markets
    Rapid expansion runs a risk of diluting the ethos and character of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't get greedy and start over reaching to the detriment of the community you've built.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awful experience - Avoid Capco at all costs

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Capco

    Pros

    New office is nice and that's it

    Cons

    - Salary is weak
    - Forget about promotion opportunities if you are not part of the clique.
    - No good quality projects
    - Coaching is really poor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you value your career dont join, whatever level you are. You will get paid more and learn a lot more contractor

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Capco full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of drinking, and a hand full of good people remaining.

    Cons

    All training is in house and done by people who are very amateur in their chosen SME. Career progression is dependent on what account you are on and has nothing to do with that you actually deliver for your clients. There are very few good people left at SC, PC, MP level. A lot of middle management have risen though the ranks too quickly and limited projects and have no clue on how to manage people, run projects let-alone deliver anything of value. A lot of the projects are also not very inspiring. They actually don't know what being an actual consultant is. There is a lot of body shopping just to make extra revenue which could be done by any contractor. People have been lied to just to get them onto roles. This place is not a meritocracy its a joke, you would better off in the big 4 or a small boutique house.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate or train a lot of your middle management and bring in a proper strategy as it stands you will keep loosing the best and be stuck with filling quotas with just anyone that walks though the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Capco

    Pros

    Very supportive company and keen on individual development

    Cons

    Can be too focused on subjective contribution subjects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    On balance - a good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fast career progression
    Friendly culture
    Lots of opportunities to get involved in other areas of firm e.g. setting up workshops

    Cons

    Things that all firms suffer from
    Perception that who you know is more important than your ability to deliver - I have found this to be the case
    Expectation to do lots more outside of project work - can sometimes feel like you have two full time jobs
    Lots of talk about innovation and changing the way we do things to help clients - sometimes this does come off but often I have seen that it isn't actually innovative or different

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful to not just recruit and reward those who shout the loudest. Particularly for a boutique firm like Capco you need to cultivate and have a career progression for specialists and thinkers.

  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Meritocracy, innovative culture with a family feel to it

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great open culture, management and partner level are easy to talk to.
    A family feel - the company genuinely cares about its people and their happiness
    Great comms from management about strategy etc
    Decent salaries
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Interesting roles can be limited
    You can get stuck on a client account just because you have experience on it - defeating the purpose of being a consultant and being able to try new things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 15 people found this helpful  

    Grown too big for its own good

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    Former Employee - Capital Markets Management Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Capital Markets Management Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great training, most clients are Tier 1 Investment Banks, social young environment, strong leadership, interesting relevant projects

    Cons

    Capco is a cult - small group of ex-Accenture consultants run the company, office politics - choose your clique well, consultants sold as "experts" to clients and forced to lie about experience, long term assignments with little care given to welfare, company grown too fast to maintain the intimate family type environment that once was

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When promotion is based on who is sleeping with who and how many of the senior management you are drinking buddies with there is probably something going wrong....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    awesome company, great growth story, wonderful people

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    - people are friendly, a real family feel
    - there is a real sense of ownership in the success of the firm by employees
    - nice offices in central london
    - work hard, play hard culture

    Cons

    - work-life balance - but don't think it's any different to any other consulting firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - keep caring and nurturing for staff, it will continue to enable success

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 13 people found this helpful  

    Just terrible.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Some great people, but getting fewer.
    Cool office.

    Cons

    As most of the other reviews have said, Capco is incredibly cliquey and despite once having a clear strategy to become a true consultancy has now gone completely off the rails. The work is mostly bodyshopping with little attention paid to a persons skills and no understanding of developing propositions to take to market, they simple do whatever they are told - pure bodyshopping. Despite this, there is constant noise about how "innovative" the company is with multiple emails from management trying to reinforce this. The truth - there has been zero innovation in action in the company with the exception of people using brighter colours in presentation. The lack of leadership is shocking, with the partners each in their own world and no common vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking and start doing.
    Talk to your people and actually listen. Stop asking for feedback and then both not acting on it and not sharing the results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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