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Bain & Company Reviews

Updated 18 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 Firm"

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture; very focused on personal development; steep learning curve and a great work environment; getting exposure to wide range of businesses and cases

    Cons

    Travel can be demanding (but - within limits - can also be managed to personal preference)

    Advice to Management

    Continue focus on people & culture


  2. "Great place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great flexibility options, benefits, inspirational leaders, social events. If Carlsberg did companies...

    Cons

    There are none so far

    Advice to Management

    Value the CSS team even more


  3. "Mentorship and Professional Development"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Dallas, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love how Bain invests in you as a professional. When you join company you are paired up with a sponsor who focuses on your professional development, and who has been in your shoes before. You are also paired with colleagues and mentors who will guide you along the path, and help you with everything you need. Everyone I know at the company would be willing to sacrifice some of their time to answer a question, go to lunch, or help with a project.

    Cons

    I've had colleagues who have been on clients for longer than they would have liked.


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  5. "Challenging and FUN"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, extrodinary benefits and talented people

    Cons

    Demanding work and long hours


  6. "Best place to work!!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal in Boston, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are smart, capable, humble and passionate!

    Cons

    The downside of always being challenged intellectually and professionally is that it can feel like you never have a moment to just "be"


  7. "Inspired, Motivated & Valued"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There truly isn't another company that cares about and invests in its people like Bain does. They are a clear head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to building culture.

    Cons

    When is my Denver office coming?


  8. "Best career for top business talent"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    You are solving the hardest problems for the world's most influential companies while working in teams of incredibly talented, down-to-earth, and supportive peers.

    Cons

    Still client services so each week can be unpredictable

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest behind trends of big data and build pipeline of unique insights through 3rd party data partnerships.


  9. "Powerful work experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Partner in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Client Partner in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The client impact here is just very powerful and distinctive. My chance to learn and make a difference is simply unbeatable. My colleagues are wicked smart, wonderfully pragmatic, and humble and fun. It makes our work with client organizations turn into real results and I have built lifelong relationships with clients and Bain teammates alike. This is just a great place to work and build a career.

    Cons

    Pace is full and active but so is any successful professional career. Here you do this with a team that supports you at each turn.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your high bar for an exciting culture and team environment. It is what attracts my classmates and teammates and I suspect fuels retention


  10. "Continuous learning in a supportive culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Principal in Chicago, IL (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The learning is non-stop, once you get comfortable doing something you will be pushed to take bigger roles in more challenging environments. This makes it to be a challenging job, but the supportive culture and apprenticeship model helps to make it a place to thrive

    Cons

    Promotion process is pretty opaque, leading to lots of stress for anyone in a promotion window. Despite opportunities to improve the process, leadership seems happy that the induced stress leads to better client outcomes.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good hard look at the promotion process and think about potential changes (don't be satisfied with the status quo).


  11. "Great place to learn and drive results with fantastic team mates"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Düsseldorf (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Düsseldorf (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tasks and challenges continuously follow your own learning curve especially for senior consultants
    Great team spirit driven by individual characters with very high skill level

    Cons

    Limited sustainability as work life balance is strongly tilted towards work, however significant effort to provide options to employees

    Advice to Management

    Continue fostering the Bain culture and to not push to hard at the cost of sustainability and culture


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