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CAPGEMINI CONSULTING
Today we continue our rm pro le series with an in-depth review of Capgemini Consulting. Founded in
Paris, and containing the spliced DNA of other major rms it acquired along the way (Ernst & Young
Consulting being the most notable), Capgemini Consulting is a global player in todays consulting
industry.

CAPGEMINI CONSULTING KEY STATS


Capgemini Consulting Website:www.capgemini-consulting.com (https://www.capgeminiconsulting.com/)
Capgemini Consulting Headquarters:Paris, France
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Capgemini Consulting Employees:3600 Consultants


CapgeminiConsultingLocations: 14 countries, 20 of ces
CapgeminiConsultingChief Executive:Xavier Hochet (CEO)
CapgeminiConsultingRevenue:$500M
CapgeminiConsultingEngagement Cost: $350K

CAPGEMINI CONSULTING HISTORY


In 1967, Serge Kampf founded Sogeti, an IT services company, in Paris. The humble start up, which had
7 employees in its 1st year and revenue of 1.5M FR, would eventually evolve into a powerful
organization, called Capgemini today, with over 125,000 employees and $10B+ in annual revenue.
In the years that followed Sogetis founding, the company opened of ces in Switzerland and France to
meet the needs of clients. Then in 1970, Sogeti diversi ed into consulting and outsourcing services. 4
years later, Sogeti acquired both CAP, its major European competitor, and Gemini Computer Systems.
As a result, in 1975, the Cap Gemini Sogeti group was formed, which became the leading European IT
services company with 2,000 employees and revenue of 226M FR. In 1981, the Cap Gemini Sogeti
group entered the US market.
The group experienced serious growth in 1985, signi ed by share value appreciation of 25% in 5 days
on the Euronext Paris stock exchange. Not only was the rm recognized for its expansion during that
time period, but Cap Gemini Sogeti also become famous for its annual reports, winning 1st place for
the best company annual report. Random, right?
Gemini Consulting was formed in 1991with the integration of management consulting rms, United
Research and The MAC Group.Paul Hermelin, the current chairman, entered the group in 1993, and in
1996 the entire parent group nally adopted a single name and logo for all its activities, Cap Gemini.
In the drama surrounding the tech bust and ENRON, Cap Gemini acquired Ernst & Young Consulting 4
years later. The Gemini Consulting group merged with Ernst & Young to become Cap Gemini Ernst &
Young. By 2002, Cap Gemini had grown to 54,882 employees and a revenue of 7B Euros. The group
establishes of ces in India 2003, where 10 years later the rm has over 40,000 employees. In 2004,
the rm adopted its current logo with the single word name, Capgemini.
Despite a 40-year season of glory, Capgemini sold its North American healthcare consulting program
in 2005 to Accenture (http://managementconsulted.com/consulting-interviews/accentureinterview/), one of its main competitors.Now, after more than 4 decades and 30 acquisitions,
Capgemini is still growing rapidly with over 125,000 employees and of ces in 44 countries around the
world.

CAPGEMINI CONSULTING ORGANIZATION


Capgemini (the parent) has a board of with 13 directors, two of them being Paul Hermelin, the
Chairman, and Serge Kampf (Cageminis founder), the Vice-Chairman.
There are also 4 board committees (Audit committee, Selection & Compensation Committee, Ethics
and Governance Committee, Strategy & Investments Committee) that write resolutions, draft
proposals and offer opinions to the board of directors. The board committees have no decision-making
authority.
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Capgemini Consulting has an executive committee with a CEO, Xavier Hochet, and a Deputy CEO, Ken
Toombs, who also doubles is the Global Sales Of cer and CEO of Capgemini Consulting North
America. The executive committee also has a CFO and HR Lead, Michel Ginet, a Global Head of
Practice Networks, DidierBonnet, and a 6 other regional CEOs (5 regions in Europe and 1 in India).
Practice Areas
Capgemini has 22 key capabilities, but most of them are highly technical things you wouldnt want to
touch unless you loved and wanted to marry your major in C.S. However, the 10 Consulting practice
areas are more of a blend of business analytical tools and technical understanding:
Accelerated Solution Environments
All-Channel Experience
Big Data andAnalytics
Business & Technology Innovation
Customer Experience
Digital Delivery
Digital Strategy and Transformation
Executive Leadership and Change
Marketing
Operational Excellence / Corporate and Digital Operations
The practice areas with projects that offer the best exit opportunities for business management are
Big Data and Analytics, Marketing and Business & Technology Innovation.
Industries
Capgemini has a strong focus in products and processes with major operations; the complex
industries (like manufacturing and energy) are well-suited to major spend on technology
infrastructure, which is where the rm makes most of its money.
Consumer Products and Retail
Automotive (OEM)
Energy, Utilities & Chemicals
Financial Services
Life Sciences
Manufacturing
Public Sector
Telecommunication, Media and Entertainment
The notable sector missing from this list is healthcare life sciences is a good proxy, but the healthcare
practice sale to Accenture (http://managementconsulted.com/consulting-interviews/accentureinterview/) still leaves a gaping hole.
Of ce Locations
Capgemini has over 190 of ces located all over the globe. In contrast, Capgemini Consulting is a rm
within the rm with 20 of ces located in 14 different countries.
Here are a list of Capgemini Consulting locations:
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Asia
Shanghai, China
Mumbai, India
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Europe
Brussels, Belgium
Espoo, Finland
Praris, France
Munich, Germany
Utrecht, Netherlands
Oslo, Norway
Madrid, Spain
Bromma (Stockholm), Sweden
London, United Kingdom
United States
Atlanta, GA
Burbank, CA
Chicago, IL
Houston, TX
Jersey City, NJ
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Career Path
The Capgemini Consulting career path is pretty industry standard:
Analyst / Associate / Junior Consultant Consultant Senior Consultant Managing Consultant
Principal Vice President
Most undergrads join Capgemini Consulting at the Analyst level and work toward the position of
Consultant in the rst 2 years. During those 2 years, they have access to great training and
mentorship opportunities to help push them forward. MBA grads join as aConsultant and work their
way up to a Managing Consultant role (the equivalent level to a McKinsey Engagement Manager).
Internships
Capgemini Consulting offers a limited number of internships in different locations across the world.
The internships are usually 7-8 weeks long with a 3-week summer holiday in July (typical French a
holiday during an internship!). To apply for internships online, you must submit an application letter,
CV, and academic results between August 1st and October 1st. Target schools in the U.S. and Europe
have application processes that extend into the spring.
Exit Opportunities
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Because the Capgemini skill set is 1 part business and 1 part technology, the exit opportunities into
blended business and tech roles are virtually endless. However, because the consulting arm of
Capgemini is only 3% of the overall staff and 5% of the overall revenues, the company brand is largely
de ned by the 100k+ employees with a strong technology focus, and moving directly into a pure
business role is a huge challenge.
That being said, a small handful of Capgemini Consulting alumni have landed position at MBB rms,
either as senior managers or through the doorway of a top MBA program, while several other alumni
have moved on to work at other consulting rms like IBM GBS, Accenture, Deloitte and technology
companies like Microsoft and Apple.
In contrast, some Capgemini Consulting alums move into another company or position in Capgeminis
network. In fact, 10% of Capgeminis experienced hires are Capgemini alumni re-hires either
directly from consulting to another area or by way of an industry job in between.

CAPGEMINI CONSULTING CULTURE


If you want to bridge the gap between a highly technical background and a new focus on business
insight, Capgemini Consulting is a great place to start a career. However, realize that you will be
branded as a technologist at least until you move to your next role, and the longer you stay the less
your pay and responsibility will escalate vs. a Deloitte S&O or Accenture consultant.
Capgemini Consulting is not the best place to end your career; again, the pay (limited) and lack of
cohesive rm culture dont match up even to major industry positions.
So, why go work for Capgemini Consulting? The consulting practice in particular has a small, close-knit
environment with great opportunities to learn. When working there, youll take on more
responsibility at junior levels than you probably would when working in other rms. You also get broad
exposure to technology tools, which can be great for job security going forward.
The base pay also starts only 15% lower than other consulting rms, but other rms escalation rates
and bonuses will quickly eclipse Capgeminis roles.
In summary Capgemini Consulting is a great place to learn, especially at junior levels, and an
awesome place to move toward business from pure tech, but not somewhere you want to start if your
focus is MBB (your technologist brand will be hard to overcome with the exception of McKinsey BTO)
or plan to make it your entire career.
Core Values
Since its inception in 1967, Capgemini has had these 7 core values:
Honesty The rm aims to be above reproach by refusing unfair business practices. Capgemini
encourages integrity, loyalty, and uprightness.
Boldness Capgemini encourages boldness, balanced with clear-sightedness and prudence,
particularly in regards to entrepreneurship.
Trust Capgemini encourages its leaders to empower the individuals and teams under their care.

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Freedom The company praises independence of mind, creativity, innovation, and encourages respect
for others thoughts, customs, and background.
Team Spirit Attributes like friendship, loyalty, and generosity are encouraged with other employees
as well as clients.
Modesty Arrogance is frowned upon while simplicity is encouraged.
Fun Many companies arent that fun because they dont have a vision for it. Capgemini believes it is
important to have a vision for fun.
While the list of core values seem great, employees who have worked at Capgemini Consulting agree
that core values arent implemented as well as they are touted at job fairs and info sessions. On major
rankings, Capgemini is noted as an okay place to work, but with nothing too spectacular about it.

CAPGEMINI CONSULTING INTERVIEWS AND RECRUITING


Capgemini Consultings interview process is fairly straightforward and slightly easier than those of
other top rms. The rst round of interviews is a screening round that usually takes place over the
phone, on-campus, at a job fair, or at a Capgeminis of ce. The rst round consists of basic t questions
like Tell me about yourself or Why Capgemini? The key is to show that you are personable,
thoughtful, and a clear communicator.
The second round interview is conducted either in-person or on the phone by a consultant or
someone more junior, while the 3rd round is almost always conducted in the of ce with someone at a
more senior level. Depending on region and your background, Capgemini Consulting may have you go
through a 4th round as well.
The whole interview process usually contains a signi cant portion of t and behavioral questions and a
few situational case or brainteaser questions. Although there arent usually many curveballs in the
application process, it doesnt mean it is easy to get an offer. On average, only the top 5% of applicants
receive an offer, so be sure to brush up on your case skills and especially your t skills, as you will be
asked a lot of those and the candidates who prepare thoroughly come off with more con dence and
ease than those who dont.
Target Schools
Capgemini Consulting recruits from a signi cant number of top universities worldwide. Unlike other
rms however, the majority of company hires dont come from on-campus recruiting (only about 1/3 of
the hires were recruited from university campuses). In fact, the majority of hires (40%) came from
applying online (http://www.capgemini-consulting.com/careers/how-to-apply).
This is great news for those of you silly people who didnt think about consulting in high school (were
half-joking here), but have top grades and great leadership experience (especially with a technical
bent).
Diversity Programs
With all of the rapid growth Capgemini has experienced in the last 10 years, the rm has lost some of
its cohesive one- rm culture. Thats not all bad, though more employees make room for more
diversity. Since 2004, the rm has made continuous effort to push global diversity initiatives across
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the whole group and have even won awards for their diversity programs.
Capgemini does not have formal organized groups for key af nity areas, but has 3 main focus areas:
LGBT
Women
Underrepresented Geographies
The rm does have partnerships with key external focus groups that help with recruitment and work
support in speci c regions.

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