“Should I join Capgemini?”
The short answer is yes! The long answer is that sending such a short, non-descriptive email with little context of the role, location, practice, salary and your goals gives me little to go on.
Forget the criticism we write about Capgemini (the bottom-line is that we criticize all firms when they make mistakes!). There are a couple of things to keep in mind. Even the very best firms are subject to areas of improvement. There is no such thing as a perfect management consulting firm. You may end up having a terrible experience at a firm which is highly rated by most.
Even if you drive a BMW, would you worry you were not driving a Mercedes? Sure, some may, that is if you assume a Mercedes is a better car! That is just the point. Others will disagree and think BMW is a better car. The point is, choose what is best for you. If you went to a forum and asked about Capgemini, most would say they are not among the best. Most of this feedback would be from people whom have never worked at Cap, heard some unsubstantiated rumor from someone else who never worked at Cap, and the rest would be from the BBM fan club. However, most is not true and like any firm Cap has good points and some weaker points. Depending on the office and role, you can end up doing great work.
Capgemini has an especially strong strategy practice in telecoms. As recent as 2009/2010 they were running one of the worlds largest telecom strategy projects in the emerging markets. That is a confirmed fact! They beat out Bain, McKinsey, OW and AT Kearney to get the multi-million dollar contract. Granted, strategy is not very strong worldwide, but it depends what you are looking for.
My advice is make a list of what you want from your career, what Capgemini can offer and think about your needs. Ignore your friends who may dismiss the firm. Ignore the rankings unless they have the criteria and weighting which are important to you. Most of all, choose what makes you happy.
P.S. We have a former Capgemini senior strategy manager in the Firmsconsulting team if you have specific questions about salary, titles, projects, roles and career progression.
- Which Consulting Firms are Hiring & Where (May 2011 Edition) (firmsconsulting.com)