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Bain & Company Associate Reviews

Updated 20 October, 2017
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Pros
  • work-life balance is incredible with a lot of flexibility/autonomy (in 68 reviews)

  • Steep learning curve: if you keep up with the work load, you will learn a huge amount and set yourself up for a great career at the firm and beyond (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • Hard to ensure work-life-balance & sustainability (in 270 reviews)

  • Sometimes long hours as always in consulting (in 314 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic summer experience at Bain"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Summer Associate in Toronto, ON
    Current Intern - Summer Associate in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Coming from the nonprofit world, I thought I'd be a fish out of water in consulting. At Bain I always felt supported by my team, by the culture, and the many opportunities for learning on the job. I had a fantastic time despite long hours and high expectations. I was challenged plenty, learned a ton, and look forward to returning full-time.

    Cons

    The consulting lifestyle is a big commitment, and while I was given more flexibility than I expected as an intern, the job is a significant lifestyle commitment.

    Advice to Management

    Local staffing model is great, but in busy times I think suboptimal decisions can be made - protect staffing managers.

    Bain & Company Response

    25 Nov, 2014 – Director, Global Consultant Talent Management

    I suspect that many interns shared your fear about being a 'fish out of water' (I certainly did more than a decade ago!) In fact, I've witnessed many people from a wide range of backgrounds be... More


  2. "Associate Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (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


  3. "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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people you work with
    The topics you work on

    Cons

    Hard job with high work load


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  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. "Fantastic experience"

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    Former Intern - Summer Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Former Intern - Summer Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bain & Company as an intern

    Pros

    First hand experience into consulting. Great learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Consulting is generally pretty intense and a lot of hard work is required


  7. "Very supportive and flexible employer"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very supportive no matter which issue an employee has. Also very flexible if there are any personal changes. Great culture and values.

    Cons

    Obviously management consulting is not a 9 to 5 job.


  8. "Senior Associate Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Washington, DC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work, and fantastic compensation

    Cons

    Very few - sometimes the hours are not sustainable


  9. "(Senior) Associate Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Variety of leading clients with interesting projects
    - Opportunity to take on resposibility from the first weeks
    - Working with smart and committed colleagues - opportunity to learn from everybody
    - Significant investment into own personal development (trainings and coaching)
    - Option to "build your own Bain" (e.g. take leaves, pursue NGO/ pro bono projects)
    - Compensation & benefits (e.g. Alternative Travel)

    Cons

    - High pace work incl. travel and working hours
    - Industry-wide issues: projects may differ


  10. "Senior Associate Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive, collaborative, fun, mentorship, development, culture

    Cons

    Hours, travel, no tangible product

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  11. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Thoughtful leadership team
    - Terrific challenges that keep you learning
    - Fun, supportive peers and mentors
    - That encourages ownership, creative problem solving, and teamwork

    Cons

    - Hours can be substantial
    - Travel can be demanding

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Bain is a great place to work!