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Bain & Company Summer Associate Reviews

Updated 19 October, 2017
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  1. "Fantastic summer experience at Bain"

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    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. "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


  3. "Bainie never lets another bainie down"

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    Former Intern - Summer Associate in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Intern - Summer Associate in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bain & Company as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    what they say it's real, from day one you get a lot of support and resources to have a successful career

    Cons

    work hard, play hard, but the working hours it's like an average for the consulting industry


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  5. "Beware the culture can very by geography, choose your office carefully"

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    Former Intern - Summer Associate in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Former Intern - Summer Associate in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bain & Company as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great compensation, great experience, easy to find a job later

    Cons

    small offices can be run like a small business, with senior management picking favorites and making decisions based on emotion rather than merit


  6. "Great brand and clients"

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    Former Intern - Summer Associate in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Former Intern - Summer Associate in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bain & Company as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good exposure to business issues across a variety of clients, excellent colleagues who are smart, fun and hard working. High access to managers and partners so good opportunities for mentoring

    Cons

    You live or die by the cases you're staffed on. A bad case can ruin an otherwise stellar record. Need to keep track of the skills you're learning to manage own timely progress.


  7. "Amazing place to work"

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    Current Intern - Summer Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Current Intern - Summer Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    This is a firm that really cares about developing it's people. The culture is fantastic and the work itself is incredibly interesting and impactful!

    Cons

    Very few, if any. The project variety may be a little lower than at some of the larger consulting firms.


  8. "Great MBA summer associate program"

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    Current Intern - Summer Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Current Intern - Summer Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really well put together program, fantastic training and support throughout the summer. Clearly the company cares about its employees and their experience at Bain.

    Cons

    Very few cons specific to Bain (as opposed to consulting industry as a whole).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to demonstrate a care for employees and the sustainability of the job.


  9. "Summer Associate at Bain"

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    Current Employee - Summer Associate in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Current Employee - Summer Associate in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Dedicated off-site global training for a week is perfect if you're from non-consulting background
    - Full autonomy for your own workstream
    - Challenging topic

    Cons

    - Coming from a non-consulting background, you would need extra hours to catch up with your team
    - Hours

    Advice to Management

    - Internship experience can be really different based on client, team, and office.


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    "Great place to work with extremely bright people"

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

    Pros

    The people here are genuinely passionate about their work, and there is a collective effort to ensure that everyone gets the best out of themselves. It's an environment where you can learn a lot in a short space of time, and within the company there is a feel good factor

    Cons

    Work hours can be unpredictable, sometimes you work to tight deadlines

    Advice to Management

    Carry on making the SA program as realistic a picture as possible of life as a first year Consultant


  11. "Summer Internship"

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    Current Employee - Summer Associate
    Current Employee - Summer Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Warm & kind-hearted colleagues, who make time for you/ look out for you. This is one of the biggest advantages of Bain's 'home staffing' model - you become part of the community in your office, and the leadership team really invests in you.
    - Diverse and challenging work, as advertised
    - Excellent benefits, on top of attractive salary
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    Cons

    - Hours can be long
    - Work can become repetitive when it gets to the point of constantly refining slides

    Advice to Management

    - Keep nurturing the amazing culture! It was the defining differentiator when I had to pick between multiple MBB offers, and was absolutely confirmed when I did my internship