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Capgemini Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.1 1,956 reviews

82% Approve of the CEO

Capgemini CEO and Director Paul Hermelin

Paul Hermelin

(788 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is not that great but felt better than my previous company experiences(in 219 reviews)

  • The work culture is good and flat hierarchy system really makes it a good place to work(in 188 reviews)


Cons
  • Maintaining a healthy work life balance can be a challenge sometimes(in 76 reviews)

  • 9 1/2 hrs work is the stupid decision took by senior management(in 57 reviews)

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    Fantastic

    Project Delivery Consultant (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsOverall new challenges and many projects to engage in
    New training opportunities

    Cons80 % of operational duties are offshore

    Advice to Senior Managementtraining staffs towards career progression

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    over 5 years

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat for development and experience. Really nice people and culture.

    Conssalary increments are very low on internal promotion.

    Advice to Senior Managementn/a

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    Your journey in Capgemini is dependent totally on you.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexible working environment, trainings provided, global network, good contact with the leadership teams, good work/ life balance, opportunities for trainings abroad

    ConsA lot of travelling, not very organised/ structured, low salaries, not many external qualifications as the internal qualifications are provided

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good placeholder job but dead-end.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGenuinely collaborative environment usually (depending on placement).

    ConsNo development or promotion once you become senior for technical positions. Sub par compensation, minimal raises, promotion extremely hard to attain once you reach a certain level. The only training that is remotely encouraged is training directly relevant to your current engagement - no concept of developing the human resources in the company (except for junior roles)

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart rewarding achievement and ability rather than a box-ticking "you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" review system.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA very good environment to work for.

    ConsDoesnt pay well in annual appraisal

     

    Low expectations creating boredom

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots skilled people to learn from.

    Cons28 days for a chargeable piece of work that you can finish in 4. 24 days with nothing expected, great if you are lazy, boring if you are not.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure you utilise your staff so they don't get bored.

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    Offers opportuniities for those who want to take them

    Human Resources Business Partner (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsCollaborative, non hierarchical, friendly, entrepreneurial, challenges. If you are up for a challenge you can find it - you own your own career direction. Great set of values

    ConsThe communications system could be a lot better and branding could be a lot stronger outside France. I would change the Mobile serivce provider. Offices are OK, but a bit bland.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember to live all of the values, they really mean something

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One of the best SAP graduate programmes out there

    SAP Consultant (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsCapgemini is a very enjoyable company to work for and there are some extremely bright and talented people working for the organisation. They pride themselves on their people, and this certainly shows – the colleagues that I have worked for have all been extremely friendly, helpful and very knowledgable. They do offer a lot of support to graduates and even though you are supposed to "define your own career path", you'll get a lot of help and advice from various people within the organisation. The socialising culture, especially on projects, is rife and it is certainly a “work hard, play hard” kind of company. There are plenty of training opportunities available (especially within SAP) and Capgemini actively encourages graduates to do internal work (which can bog you down slightly) and extra web-based training courses.

    For graduates, the major draw to Capgemini is the offer of a 5-week intensive (and all expenses paid for) study trip to Mumbai, India, where you will learn an SAP module of your choice (as long as it fits in with the team you are assigned to). Although you don’t come back an expert (and you are expected to do some more self-study when you return), the experience is absolutely fantastic and you also get an insight into the way Capgemini’s offshore teams work (around 35% of their staff are based in India), which can be especially useful when working on projects.

    The SAP graduates are treated very well and there is a good opportunity to network across the entire organisation. Twice a year, a “training” (read, booze-fuelled) weekend is organised, with international destinations such as France and Germany, and there are plenty of socials organised throughout the year as well, with business presentations and frivolities to match.

    The office environment is very relaxed (the Holborn offices in central London are probably the nicest, but good luck finding a hot desk in there) and there is a very flat hierarchy within Capgemini – although there is a clearly defined grade structure, graduates can talk to vice presidents without feeling undermined. One of the most noticeable differences between Capgemini’s employees and other employees in the IT world is that Capgemini people have a personality – which cannot be said for others in the game.

    ConsFor graduates, the most common gripe is the starting pay, which is around 25% lower than competitors in the industry and there is no London allowance or relocation bonus. Graduates based elsewhere are on the same salary (and grade) as a graduate who is based in London, which is slightly unfair given the higher cost of living in the capital.

    The pay and promotion model is extremely complicated – there are very few people at Capgemini who fully understand it – and you have to know the right people to get a promotion (especially more senior members of staff), as these are the people who literally “sponsor” your promotion case. This can be a problem if you are on the bench for a while (not something that I have experienced), as project experience and utilisation rate (i.e. the amount of your time spent that is billable) weighs heavily in your favour when it comes to filling out your case. Being promoted as a graduate also requires you to be certified in SAP, and if you are doing one of the more difficult modules (e.g. Basis, MM) then this can hinder your promotion slightly.

    Depending on your project, you can be away from home for up to 5 days a week, which may not suit some people, and travelling to client sites can be long and arduous. Although it’s a great chance to rack up some decent hotel points, living away from home can be slightly tough and the working from home policy isn’t clearly defined across the company – clients expect “face time” (after all, they are paying Capgemini for you to be there) – and this can lead to some conflicts. Working hours can sometimes be long, depending on the client, and the company has only recently addressed the work-life balance (and even then, its implementation across the company has been a little flaky).

    For an IT company, the internal systems are quite old and can sometimes be a major hindrance to your work (cobblers’ children, after all!) Useful information is quite hard to find (the company's intranet is shocking) and you have to end up pestering people by email, as you’ll come across a lot of conflicting information. Within SAP, however, this issue is being addressed.

    Graduates are often put into PMO and testing roles when they join, and there is a slight tendency to stick graduates on any project as long as they are billable, which may not even be an SAP-based project. Although there is a get-out clause with the India training (mentioned above), you have to be quite forceful with this and throw your weight around a bit, otherwise you will get roped into a role for 12–18 months which you may necessarily not want to do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAddress the lower-grade pay scales for graduates to encourage them to stay at Capgemini after the 2 year graduate program is finished. Don’t rely too much on the offshore presence and try and put graduates on more exciting or international projects, which use the latest SAP technologies.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No ethics concerning HR issues

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) London, England

    Pros-Very good salaries
    -Nice building
    -Good benefits

    Cons-No personal life due to loads of work
    -Bad management style
    -No business ethics among employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your human resources

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Varied experience over 10 years

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsThe advantages of working for Capgemini include the fact that it is a large organisation with many opportunities that are available to take advantage of if you wish. Being widely spread over the UK, it is possible to work from your home, depending on role, and therefore improve your work / life balance. There are also global opportunities.

    ConsCons include the inevitable politics of a large company; you need to take the initiative to progress; there is a lot of dead wood, TUPEd in from outsourcing arrangements etc and some of that will be above you and resent you if you are ambitious. Finally, company direction is set at headquarters in France, and that sometimes doesn't translate well into the UK.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStrategy is fluffy and full of key words - employees need to know what they are doing and why to be fully motivated. Too often I heard that people's jobs were going offshore - that should be an opportunity to get rid of process-heavy jobs and focus on being agile in country.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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