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Bain & Company Manager 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. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic range and depth of exposure to industries, functional areas, and business issues. Accelerated access to work directly with senior level managers and the "C-suite" much more quickly than via industry path.

    Cons

    Very long hours and substantial travel. Organization is results-driven but there's some risk of frustration / disillusionment about being an advisor and not really owning the results.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest heavily in training and supporting your people. It's what sets the firm apart.


  2. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The most outgoing, challenging, supportive, exciting, fast-paced, motivating work environment I've ever seen.

    Cons

    The hours can be intense and the travel can be a drawback

    Advice to Management

    People are the key to our success. Keep recruiting and retaining the best people in the industry!


  3. "Best place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Always challenged, important problems, great people

    Cons

    Need to figure out how to make work-life balance work on an individual basis. Once you figure it out, it can be sustainable.


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  5. "Manager Assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Manager Assistant in Toronto, ON
    Former Contractor - Manager Assistant in Toronto, ON
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bain & Company as a contractor

    Pros

    Great place to work, great culture and people.

    Cons

    Somewhat poor advancement opportunity for certain administrative positions


  6. Helpful (437)

    "Welcome to Bain"

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Welcome to Bain. I'm going to give you a problem that neither the CEO nor his entire management team could solve. And I'm probably going to give you lots of different opinions and imperfect data sources. And then I'll ask you to focus in on where the most value is and convince all those people with different opinions that you're right. But don't worry, I'm also going to give you a Bain team. Those associates and consultants are going to be tenacious in coming up with creative approaches. Those managers and partners are going to knock down barriers for you, connect you where you need to be connected, guide, support, direct and re-direct you. The office support staff is going to fix your computer after you spilled coffee on it for the third time, find you the unfindable data source, and smile and hand you a baked good after you ask for help re-doing dozens of slides. You are empowered and accountable but you are not alone. And the best part is you can't fail. Because after all, what all those people are reinforcing is that a Bainie never lets another Bainie fail.

    Cons

    Here's how you know you've made it at Bain. The reward for doing a good job is getting a bigger, tougher problem next time. Meaning, you are always solving the easiest problem you will ever solve again. This takes a lot of resilience and active managing of self-expectations to remember that you are not actually getting worse, the problems are just getting harder. So my advice is to remember that. And then take a second to realize that it would be a lot less fun if the reverse were true. And isn't that precisely why you wanted this job in the first place anyway? It sure was for me.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to find and promote the leadership that lives our operating principles.

    Bain & Company Response

    27 Sep, 2016 – Director, Global Consultant Talent Management

    You have captured the essence of what it means to work here! Thanks for sharing your experience.


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, agile, visionary, pragmatic and inspiring people
    Fast moving , forward thinking, flexible and quality and results oriented working style
    Great culture!

    Cons

    no cons spotted to date

    Advice to Management

    Keep going - exemplary and role model management - authentically walking the talk!


  8. "Amazing team working on cutting edge topics"

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bain is the best management consultancy when it comes to delivering cutting edge solutions to clients when it comes to Digital, Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Analytics and more. With our global network but relatively small size we are agile enough to quickly grasp the latest & greatest advancements in any area. On top of that, the team is amazing and always trying to push the boundaries.

    Cons

    As with all management consultancies, the workload is high - but Bain does a good job in managing it.


  9. "Amazing place to grow and solve challenging questions"

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing culture of professional development. Everyone focuses on real time coaching and truly wants to see everyone succeed and get better.

    Expectations are always growing so you are constantly developing and challenging yourself.

    Amazing culture. Best people to work with.

    Cons

    Travel can be tough, but Bain tries to really make it sustainable with our home office model so that you don't always have to be at the client site.


  10. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Manager in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, very inspiring, very exciting! Great teams

    Cons

    Work/life balance to be managed


  11. "Intellectually challenging and rewarding!"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    always a new problem to solve that is top of mind for our clients - not to mention the amazing people I get to work with day in and day out.

    Cons

    hours can be tough - but Bain works hard to make it balanced and sustainable