Bain & Company Reviews

Updated 27 August, 2014
Updated 27 August, 2014
564 Reviews

4.6
564 Reviews
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Bain & Company Worldwide Managing Director Bob Bechek
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company also places a lot of emphasis on professional development as well as work/life balance (in 27 reviews)

  • Benefits are almost unmatched and lots of culture of really great people (in 53 reviews)


Cons
  • It's on us to remain ourselves that work-life balance is a priority (in 85 reviews)

  • Although better compared to some other firms in this industry, still long hours (in 94 reviews)

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    Associate Consultant

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    Former Employee - Associate Consultant  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great mentorship and focus on professional development. Everyone you work genuinely wants you to do well.
    - They invest a lot in you for training.
    - Great people and culture. Particularly in the Toronto office, it feels very close-knit.

    Cons

    - Long hours and lack of sustainable work/life balance.
    - Lack of clarity in staffing and opportunities to work in specific industries that you are interested in

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Awesome people, great learning environment and impact.

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people you work with
    The topics you work on

    Cons

    Hard job with high work load

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Never stopped raising the bar, never stopped teaching me to grab it

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    Current Employee - Principal  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Principal in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Constant escalation of my skills, but paired with a huge amount of support. I was always in over my head and there was always someone throwing me a life preserver and teaching me to swim.This has stayed true for 8 years.

    Great culture, great people.

    Cons

    Gets stressful when you're close to a promotion point - though I admit this is most self-imposed!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good company overall, though different experiences in regional office

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Consultant in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    strong culture and nice, down to earth people...

    Cons

    high turnover translates to limited investment in mentorship

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I learned a ton, and it is a great brand to have on my resume.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Bain & Company

    Pros

    - Work hard surrounded by very bright and competent people
    - Very high learning curve
    - Good benefits and salary relative to consulting firms out of the top 3

    Cons

    - They play on the emotional weaknesses of consultants to make them work harder
    - Managers are promoted for being good client managers, not for managing teams well, so a lot of managers are not concerned with how their teams view them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - I know it's not easy, but one of these days Bain is going to have to deal with the fact that it's not a very welcoming environment towards women past a certain tenure. Try as they might with women's dinners, etc, it still feels like an old boys club.

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  7.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Pros

    Really great people. I always feel inspired at Bain and get great proffessional development opportunities. We also get a lot of responsibility

    Cons

    Work life balance can be an issue. Hard to know how tough a given week will be in advance so making social plan can be challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has managed downturn really well. I would make a push to enter government space give their greater involvement in corporate america.

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  8.  

    Amazing opportunities

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant  in  Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Johannesburg (South Africa)

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work culture, awesome people and competitive benefits

    Cons

    Long hours, stressful work and fast learning curve

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best Company to work for

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager  in  Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great professional development in a very competitive environment

    Cons

    Awful vacation policy and very bad work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should improve senior management (partner) profiles. They all lack real life work experience which hinders their ability to truly understand client problems

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Best place to work for freshers out of college

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant  in  Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Mumbai (India)

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Global training program, helpful people, office is lots of fun,

    Cons

    Ownership expected at the AC level isn't as great as other firms

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Incredible people and network, poor work life balance

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Incredible culture both in the New York Office and across the organization. Truly humble, interesting people that are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance as team and client requests steamroll everything else. Being so client driven has the tradeoff of never being able to turn 'off'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to make work-life balance more of a priority throughout the organization if you want to maintain top talent. Salary and benefits aren't comparable to other major industries you are competing with for talent at more junior levels (e.g. Private Equity), so you need to provide more protection for your employees if you want them to stay.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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