Bain & Company Reviews

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  1. Helpful (3)

    will throw you under the nearest bus

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    perks like at any consulting firm

    Cons

    will throw you under the nearest bus even if you are working hard

    quite monolithic

    arrogant culture

    Bain & Company Response

    Mar 13, 2015Director, Global Consultant Talent Management

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "This opportunity/company is way over-hyped -- a lot of fuss for very meaningless work."

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Ability to get an interview almost anywhere after

    Cons

    - Long hours/always on call for very trivial tasks -- very inefficient work environment
    - Low client interaction at Associate Consultant level
    - Work for a new MBA instead of a more experienced manager or partner
    - I've seen so many people cry at work in < 2 years here and within a year almost everyone wants to quit
    - Cultish environment - the people here are followers not leaders at all
    - People at top (partners) are essentially sales people so a very "salesy" organization

    Advice to Management

    There is a reason this is the #3 consulting firm -- stop having new MBAs from less than top-tier schools manage talented undergrads from top-tier schools. I wish I had interviewed with BCG and McKinsey as they seem to know how to better nurture top talent.

  3. Helpful (3)

    great to work out of undergrad but upside is limited

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Bain & Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good people, effort to maintain work life balance, social events outside of the office, steep learning curve, smart peers, opportunity to explore different industries

    Cons

    poor work life balance, sometime low impact work for a consultant, too much emphasis on fun, consulting staff is very young (compared to McK, BCG), client question the level of maturity, partner staff is seldom weak with expertise

    Advice to Management

    focus more on work life balance, consider strengthening middle management rather than recruiting tons of college grads

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Bain are for Bainies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong culture with sense of belonging and community. There is one way of doing things - the Bain way. Strong standardisation, one approach to problem solving - follow the process and an answer will emerge, no need for thought leadership or creativity at junior levels, ability to manage and orchestrate a process most important. All training, does not matter level follows same logistics and set up. Incredible strong brand and lots of parties, Friday drinks, summer, winter, theme parties, run up to X-mas...seemless continuation of college.

    Cons

    The Bain way is the only way (sometimes that means using dated systems, tools and ways of doing things). Bain is 1., 2. and 3. priority and you have to become a Bainie. Your life is Bain. There is negative bashing of competitors on events, in meetings...all to uphold Bain and strengthen culture. Little room to be different, think differently, or question. Women's agenda is way behind, there is a fair share of female partners, but no real role models or female partners with power, more figure heads... Strong Good news culture, everything is talked up, storytelling rules the Bain world,...every Bainie believes they work for the best company in the world, most have never experienced anything else and the culture and doctrine tells them one thing..."Bain is the best firm".

    Advice to Management

    Open up to the world outside, there is a world outside of Bain

  6. Not Worth Working ...HR department in BAIN is Awful .....

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    Former Employee - Manager, Assistant in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Manager, Assistant in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pros ??? Cant think of any ......

    Cons

    Space is too less to mention all ......but the Human Resources in India is just Awful .....

    Advice to Management

    If Possible , look forward to refresh your HR Dept . In India Offices

  7. Helpful (3)

    Bain & Company India is one of the worst places to work. Very disappointing.

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    Former Employee - Consultant/Case Team Leader in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Consultant/Case Team Leader in New Delhi (India)

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My comments are specifically for Bain & Company India.
    Partner Group is good, very intelligent people and bring a lot of combined International and India experience.
    The type and quality of work/cases handled is great

    Cons

    Being a new entrant in the India market (BCG & MCK have been here for years), it is trying very hard to build a brand/strong base. However the growth is coming at the expense of the employees. Long long long frustrating hours working without any direction or definition from upper management. Employees from the other global offices coming to do thier rotation programs also find the work culture incredibly different than offices abroad. The India offices come last on the employee global survey continously for the last 2 years in all benchmarks. They Manager group especially is very clueless. Trying to over deliver to impress clients and partner group, the work done is probably 3x times expected by the client. Weekend work is a norm and one is expected to work around 80 hours a week. Rather be a banker and get paid twice for the same amout of hours.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of work is needed to manage a suitable work life balance. Clear guidelines/scope of cases. Bring managers from other international offices.

  8. not so satisfying

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    they are ok people, let you have a private life as well,

    Cons

    not so organized or transparent. they lack leadership skills

    Advice to Management

    i am speechless..very disappointed about the management but that does not apply to all the offices. i met really inspiring, caring managers as well.

  9. Helpful (28)

    Absolutely terrible, would not recommend firm to anyone

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bain & Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good reasons are
    1) the people -- consulting attracts the best / brightest students, and Bain is an awesome firm in that regards.

    2) The support that the junior Bainies give. Most people there Consultant and below (that's the level immediately post-MBA) are good people and support each other however possible.

    3) Work-life balance -- obviously consulting stinks but at least Bain tried (weekly health checks, meetings on how to make life better).

    Cons

    1) Incredible sketchiness. The partners / managers are more interested in lining their own pockets with money than providing useful advice -- case in point is that the managers / partners are much more concerned with extending cases (calling 'rolling' in consulting lingo) than actually providing good advice

    2) Cult-like intensity. The excellent reputation is proactively managed, such that I wouldn't be surprised if this point is followed by tons of comments that support Bain and try to paint me as a bad apple (for the record I wasn't). There's also a strong culture of following, simply because there's so much direct feedback. Bain did not appreciate diversity whatsoever -- any divergent thoughts / actions were quickly fixed, and the vast majority of leaders ended up leaving the organization as quickly as they could.

    3) Incredibly political. Everything in Bain, including your feedback review, is group driven -- if even one senior partner takes a stand for or against you, it either jump start or completely destroy your career (I have seen it both ways). Most people join consulting because they're risk averse and that only gets worse as people get promoted -- as a result everyone in the higher ranks just tries to blend into the crowd and not rock the boat.

    4) Limited skills learned. A lot was said to me about how the skills I learned would be helpful later, which is completely false. At Bain (and other consulting firms), we perfect our analysis / presentation skills -- but to be perfectly honest, unless you're already great at those, you're not getting hired in the first place (and you're certainly smart enough to do whatever you want to begin with). I'm not sure the extra 10-20% of refining your thought process will make any substantial difference. Bain does not teach leadership or implementation in any way, shape, or form -- and the risk aversion you learn at Bain will get in the way of whatever you will do later. At best, I believe it's a wash.

    In summary I would not spend a year or two here, and I would certainly advise against staying longer than that and trying to make partner. And by the time you make partner, the industry itself will be in decline and your margins (and take-home salary) will be far lower than what they are now. And besides, too many things can go wrong in the meantime -- and it's not like a manager is really qualified to do anything in the workforce other than stay in a strategy role in a large corporate. If you want to stay in strategy then by all means... but for the other 99% of us, just do what you want to as soon as you can.

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