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Updated 22 July, 2018
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Bain & Company Worldwide Managing Partner Manny Maceda
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant 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

    Bain has been the absolute best place to start my career out of undergrad. The firm has an incredibly supportive culture of professional and personal growth (both at and beyond Bain). Across global offices, the company is made up of down to earth, yet very high caliber and talented individuals who love to work and play hard. I've received the best formal and informal business training and Bain has opened doors and set me up to pursue careers in any business field I can imagine. Bain is a truly special and unique company and I feel so lucky to work here.

    Cons

    The consulting job has very high upside in terms of training, boosting your career, and compensation. However, the work is challenging, the hours can be long, and you'll be pushed outside of your comfort zone often. It's an incredibly high learning curve and as soon as you feel comfortable, your teams will push you into new responsibilities. This type of work and lifestyle is tough for those who are looking for a sustainable long term career.


  2. "Phenomenal Place to Start a Career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - People at Bain are top notch
    - Interesting work
    - Culture is great, without being too overwhelming / in your face
    - Seems to be a real focus on diversity, although more progress is needed
    - You can make it what you want
    - Exit opportunities are exceptional

    Cons

    - As with all project-based work, projects are variable - can get stuck with a bad workstream or project for a couple of months
    - Can get 'stuck' at a certain development level if supervisor isn't focused on your success
    - Pay feels low at times given the number of hours worked

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Düsseldorf (Germany)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Düsseldorf (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Awesome culture and team spirit with lots of efforts put into this dimension
    - Great learning and career opportunity in a challenging but exciting working environment

    Cons

    - Work life balance must be improved in order to retain the best employees

    Advice to Management

    - Further improve sustainability: (Senior) Management must steer the client in a way that facilitates a sustainable lifestyle for case teams


  4. "Stimulating environment + Professional Development hothouse"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Incredibly stimulating work environment with challenging problems to tackle
    - Firm is dedicated to the professional development and training of each individual, with significant time/money investment in this area
    - Surrounded by bright minds with diverse backgrounds
    - An extremely fun-loving culture that is defining of Bain worldwide

    Cons

    - Some questions around "homegrown" consultants vs MBA hires
    - Management errs on the conservative side when it comes to promotions

    Advice to Management

    - Keep pushing the firm to grow, but hang on to the people who can really contribute to your business in the long term
    - Show the homegrown ACs/SACs that they are valued


  5. "Best management consulting firm to work at!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Mumbai (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, mentors in the system invested in your career growth making the culture at Bain the most coveted. There's an active focus by the leadership on improving sustainability. Great flex options offered by Bain including transfers, externships, leave of absence for 2-6 months etc. There is also an immense global exposure through trainings and transfers. All these factors contribute to making Bain the best management consulting firm to work at!

    Cons

    Sustainability can take a hit at times, but there's an active focus on improving this by the leadership.


  6. "Great company and great colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working with inspiring colleagues on the most interesting projects

    Cons

    Well, working hours at Bain are industry standard


  7. "Invested in your success"

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

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

    Pros

    Rapid professional development
    Super supportive structure and culture
    Awesome coworkers
    Great social scene
    Good compensation and bonuses
    Interesting (most of the time) work
    Lots of random time off between cases
    Constant stream of exit opportunities (daily recruiting e-mails)
    Treated like a human instead of a resource

    Cons

    Occasionally terrible hours
    High stress at times
    Some projects are not a good time

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to keep on eye on preserving culture as the firm continues to grow. Large AC/C start classes are already leading to class fragmentation.

    Keep up the intense professional development model, and continue to treat employees like humans instead of resources.

  8. "Great place to start your career!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers and culture of collaboration. Also great professional development opportunities through mentorship and coaching. Definitely a great place to start your career to build a strong set of skills going forward.

    Cons

    Hours are often rough depending on the case. High unpredictability with traveling and staffing. Constantly challenging, and could be very stressful.


  9. "Great culture and people"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture and the people are truly amazing, always a can-do attitude, and we build friendships for life.

    Cons

    Time management continues to be a difficult topic for us


  10. "Incredible place to start your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant 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

    Terrific people, constant learning, myriad of different roles, fantastic company culture

    Cons

    Work/Life balance, occasional long hours

    Advice to Management

    Consider accelerate tracks to Manager