The 2015 Best Firms to Work For: CapTech

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5. CapTech

Headquarters: Richmond, Va. Billable Consultants: 475 Client Industries Served: Banking & Financial Services, Public Service & Government, Retail & Consumer Goods, Travel & Hospitality, Energy & Utilities, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Media & Telecommunications Consulting Service Lines: Information Technology

It’s four years running as a Best Firm to Work For for CapTech, the Richmond, Va.-based IT firm. This year, the firm climbs into the Top 5, moving up one position from last year. And the firm increased its staff some 12 percent over last year and is now at 475 billable consultants.

“As we continue to grow, [being a Best Firm to Work For] is confirmation that our focus on our culture and providing work/life balance resonates with our employees,” says Sandy Williamson, Chairman of CapTech. “We have put great effort into creating a unique place to work in the consulting industry to foster happy employees who deliver superior work for our clients. This recognition helps us show recruits that we don’t just say it—we do it.”

To that end, the firm scored highest on the survey in the areas of Culture and Compensation & Benefits—finishing fourth in both categories. “CapTech’s culture is unique in the industry. Consultants are not just a number; they are valued for their contributions and intellectual curiosity,” says Williamson. “Our evaluation system is designed to highlight successes and foster learning and growth. Career paths and the compensation process are transparent.”

It’s no surprise then, that Joanna Bergeron, Chief Talent Officer at CapTech, describes the morale at the firm as excited and motivated. “As the firm expands nationally, leadership has worked hard to foster and maintain a culture focused on supporting the professional and personal growth of our consultants while saying committed to providing real work-life balance,” Bergeron says. “From a career development perspective, our consultants have the ability to charter their own course. Training is a really big part of this—our environment and the innovative work we do keep our consultants learning and growing all the time.”

And that investment in its own people is paying off, according to CEO Kevin McQueen. “Our talent is what sets us apart. Our consultants have a unique blend of technical know how and consulting acumen,” McQueen says. “They’re able to actively listen to our clients’ needs, blend with their teams and culture, and over deliver. We do a great job of facilitating collaboration and leveraging the broader expertise of the company to deliver value to our clients.”

As for the future, Williamson says: “CapTech’s focus over the next 12 months is to continue to develop senior account executives who help clients navigate along the changing technology curve. We are focused on building a national brand by showing how we have helped clients succeed.”

When you look at the remainder of this year and 2016, what excites you?

Kevin McQueen, CEO of CapTech, says: “Right now we are poised for really exciting growth which translates to incredible opportunities for our people. This coupled with our emerging services in Big Data, digital solutions, integrated marketing management and mobile means that we are growing our talent base and competing with the top digital agencies to provide customer focused omni-channel solutions for our clients. As we transform from a top regional firm into a national firm, this provides an even broader set of potential engagement opportunities to our consultants. ‘CapTechers’ have the opportunity to tackle fun, innovative work outside of the borders of their city.”

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