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Capgemini SAP Consultant Reviews

Updated 17 October 2017
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  1. "Great culture and people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SAP Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - SAP Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Capgemini enforce a great collaborative working culture, where everyone benefits from helping each other. You feel supported in everything you do.

    Cons

    Work life balance is not great...but no different to other consultancies/ SI's


  2. "SAP FOS/CRM consultant"

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    Current Employee - SAP CRM Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - SAP CRM Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are lots and lots great training opportunities. It is a place you can really excel and learn a lot, and learn fast. There are great people and good graduate community

    Cons

    Unfortunately, projects not always managed well, often with small teams, there is also lots of travelling, which may or may not be a positive, but many projects are not in London or near base/home locations

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more flexibility with travel, working more remotely, better resourcing with people on projects. If one person leaves we need to replace not just give their workload over to someone else on the project already. Also massive lack of diversity.


  3. "Good place to start out your graduate career (and that's it)"

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    Former Employee - SAP Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - SAP Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    An excellent training programme in some departments (especially within SAP) – and no (reasonable) training request will be denied. Informal working environment – there is a very flat hierarchy within the company and this is practiced across all geographies. Very good colleagues and a well-established support network – everyone is looking out for you. A good name to have on your CV as a graduate – especially if you want to progress within the consulting world. The SAP graduate programme is a shining beacon in the company – and offers a lot of support and mentoring (graduates are basically spoon fed), plus an all-expenses-paid 5 week trip to India to learn about an SAP module in more detail. (Some) big-name clients, which can act in your favour. Generous expense policy and working from home on most Fridays (depending on the client).

    Cons

    Useless graduate programme management team (overall and not within SAP) – most of the key members of this team are graduates themselves and are utterly clueless. Complicated company structure which makes it difficult to work out where you sit. The company is run by accountants and utilisation is key – this comes above anything else. Resource managers are a waste of space and all they care about is whether you are generating revenue for the company – not on your project preferences or career aspirations. New graduates are often put on mundane PMO or testing roles (because that generates revenue!) and are treated as second-class citizens until they get certified in your chosen SAP module. Old, out-of-date and disconnected internal systems (cobbler’s children, after all…) which can be a hindrance to your work. Terrible choice of company mobile phones (which wouldn’t be seen in the bargain bucket at Carphone Warehouse). A lot of internal bureaucracy and useful information is scattered across a variety of internal sites and forums.

    And (this deserves a separate paragraph), the graduate pay – around 25% lower than similar consultancies. The base pay is just above the London living wage and graduates based elsewhere in the country are paid the same as London-based graduates. The benefits package is very comprehensive – but only if you are willing to pay for it. The benefits top-up of your salary just covers the pension contribution and anything else (e.g. health insurance) will cost you.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the graduates within the graduate programme management team and replace with senior managers who can give the programme the support it so desperately needs. Stop focusing on utilisation and instead on your employees’ career aspirations. Up the starting pay for graduates and quicken the progression through the company – don’t be surprised if they tank off to another consultancy after 2 years. Don’t rely on offshore resources so much – they aren’t as marvellous as they seem.


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  5. "Fantastic company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAP Applications Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - SAP Applications Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Great projects and clients. Know how to have fun.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits not as good as competitors. Long Graduate programme.


  6. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - SAP Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - SAP Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Capgemini full-time

    Pros

    Good company finacial controls give confidence its around for the future

    Cons

    pay rises - non existent sometimes

    Advice to Management

    value your staff more


  7. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best SAP graduate programmes out there"

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    Current Employee - SAP Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - SAP Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Capgemini full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Capgemini 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.

    Cons

    For 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 Management

    Address 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.


  8. "Arrogant SAP Practice Leadership Team"

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    Former Employee - SAP Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - SAP Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Capgemini full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good for graduates
    Relaxed attitude and work ethic
    Great drinking culture

    Cons

    Terrible management attitude
    Bad project management processes
    Projects often lack the right experience (too many grads)

    Advice to Management

    You're not that great. Lose your attitude. People are not lucky to be working for you.


  9. "Good people, but forget decent salary increases!"

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    Current Employee - SAP Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - SAP Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good People
     - Lots of opportunities to get training
     - Good projects
     - Plenty of experienced and talented consultants that are willing to take the time to mentor the more junior staff

    Cons

    - Top Heavy
     - Very poor reward recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in rewarding excellence.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Nice people, but poor management and a real lack of innovation and competency."

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    Current Employee - SAP Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - SAP Consultant in London, England
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Very conservative company with little innovation and risk taking. There is a lack of money to do anything innovative.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the employees at the cold face and ask for our opinions and ideas.


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  12. "General review"

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    Current Employee - Senior SAP Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior SAP Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Capgemini is a very professional and friendly company to work for.
    The skill set is very high and very favorable to learning and professional growth.
    -I feel valued as an employee.,y job requirements are clear and make good use of my skills and abilities.
    I have a clear path for career advancement. Capgemini cares about the safety of its employees.

    6.I am satisfied with my current work schedule.
    7.The Company clearly communicates its goals and strategies to me.
    8.I would advise a friend to apply for a job at this Company

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say about Capgemini as it has given the career I dreamt of and a lot more to come

    Advice to Management

    Managers in Cap are all very knowledgeable ,down to earth and very friendly. My advice to them is to keep it as it is, do not change.