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Updated 25 June, 2018
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  • "takes care of employees, work life balance" (in 76 reviews)

  • "Skill-building - steep learning curve ensures that after a few years you've really got some marketable skills to speak of" (in 70 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. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  4. "Manager Assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Manager Assistant in Toronto, ON
    Former Contractor - Manager Assistant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    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


  5. Helpful (502)

    "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.


  6. "Best place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Friendliest, most supportive, and smartest group of people you'll ever work with
    - Relentless focus on client impact - activities that won't drive impact are deprioritised
    - Pragmatic - it's large and growing, but doesn't have the bureaucracy of other businesses its size
    - Phenomenal learning opportunities - investments by the firm are massive, from global training to mentorship
    - Never gets boring and always challenging - as soon as you master a role, the next milestone is around the corner

    Cons

    Limited sustainability, driven both by travel and hours worked

    Advice to Management

    Take sustainability seriously for people at all levels


  7. "Great culture, steep learning curve"

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, standing together to achieve strong culture; results- not report-focused for the client; new learnings every day even after years

    Cons

    Long working hours; low control of own work scope as client demands shift continuously; whole industry has too few women

  8. "Tough love"

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the place but work life can be tough

    Cons

    Work life balance is highly variable depending on the case

    Advice to Management

    Invest more when cases are not sustainable


  9. "OK but could be a lot better if top leadership pays attention. World class learning experience"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    World class clients and direct access to top level executives (e.g. CEO). Great learning experience and training program. Best in class reputation.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance. You are expected to contribute to contribute to time consuming activities that should be someone else's job e.g. Recruiting, organizing office activities etc . High variance in quality of people.

    Advice to Management

    Hire fewer people from outside the firm.


  10. "Great place to launch and sustain a career"

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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

    Supportive culture, high focus on feedback and personal improvement, interesting and impactful work

    Cons

    Hours can get long at times