Bain & Company Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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Pros
  • The company also places a lot of emphasis on professional development as well as work/life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • Interesting business problems with some of the biggest companies in the world; great people, great compensation (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is always going to be a challenge given that the industry is client serving (in 104 reviews)

  • Long hours/always on call for very trivial tasks -- very inefficient work environment (in 108 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Executive Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Lots of fun events throughout the year. Good culture

    Cons

    Benefits could be improved on. Not competitive with other firms. Benefits not fully paid, bonus very low, 401K match not very good.

    Advice to Management

    Improve benefits


  2. Limited growth opportunity and morale for assistants

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - You get to work with smart, driven people (on the consulting staff). - The benefits are great overall. - The culture is often fun and inclusive to all "Bainies," not just consultants.

    Cons

    - Salary is low for EA / MA's compared to that of other high-profile consulting firms. - HR will often look outside of the firm before promoting one of their own, in part so they can low-ball a new hire. - HR tends to micromanage the assistant team.


  3. Go for the training, leave for a lifestyle

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bain & Company

    Pros

    Excellent training, smart people, good pay, social community, great on the resume, helps get into business school or certain corporate strategy jobs

    Cons

    Terrible travel and hours lifestyle, feel like a robot, no excuses culture that tends to make people unhappy, culture both works and plays too hard in some situations.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    Used to be great, but things have changed...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    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

    Interesting business problems with some of the biggest companies in the world; great people, great compensation. You will get a ton of exposure to different industries and types of cases

    Cons

    Bain has gotten much more implementation focused. I found myself often being nothing more than a workshop planner, building ppt templates to keep people on track. Also, the sexy, pure strategy cases seem to be fewer and far between. I am also not entirely sure about the value proposition of consulting anymore. It used to be that it was a great alternative to Finance, where you still made great money and got to do a few different things before transitioning to the corporate world. Now, it seems like if you are interested in technology or want to do entrepreneurship, you should probably skip the consulting route completely and instead go work at a startup. With the new crop of tech companies (Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.), you still get great pay, benefits and get to do cool things without necessarily dealing with all the client services BS, the travel and the long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Bain needs to seriously reevaluate it's value proposition and should consider what it's going to offer to the top business talent in today's world.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Good brand and people, but no coaching or mentorship

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good brand and will provide many exit opportunities. Very talented, smart and friendly employees Competitive compensation

    Cons

    Culture is not friendly to international employees. Does not have strong vertical capabilities in technology industries While mentorship and coaching are talked about a lot; I did not see anything in action. I have not been assigned a mentor during my 2 years

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building talent through mentorship and coaching


  7. Great Coworkers

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Bain & Company

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

    Pros

    work hard/play hard great co-workers good benefits

    Cons

    poor management of administrative staff


  8. Helpful (6)

    Good experience but workforce lacks diversity

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Bain & Company

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

    Pros

    Surrounded and supported by fun and ambitious co-workers, Bain employees create a team that truly wants to helps its clients

    Cons

    Overall, diversity is lacking within the office (gender, race, academics, etc). Additionally, though it bills itself as the company that 'tell's it like it is' and are 'straight shooters', there is a good deal of opaque and blackbox on-goings and politic-ing behind the scenes.

    Advice to Management

    Work more dilligently to create a diverse workforce- our competitors are far better than we are at hiring and creating an environment for success for women, minorities, non-MBAs, MBA's from non-traditional backgrounds. Some of this is support networks, both formal and informal, and some is training oriented.


  9. Bain case experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bain & Company

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

    Pros

    The people are fun and social. It is a good environment to make friends with coworkers and learn how to balance social/professional relationships.

    Cons

    Bain has changed its case model to reflect longer, relationship style cases. This is not valuable for it's pre-manager employees as it limits variety of experience.

    Advice to Management

    Management should reflect how better to diversify the experience for consultants when the case variety is lacking. Additional more diversity programs should be developed.


  10. Helpful (9)

    Know what you're getting yourself into

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great name recognition for post-consulting careers - many headhunters will call you within the first month of your employment. The exposure to different industries and opportunity to learn a lot about how companies are run is great. Internal resources and support (i.e. research, IT) are excellent and so are certain perks (Friday afternoon happy hours, great vacation schedule). The training at Bain is comprehensive and one can tell that the firm spares no expenses to train its people. The company provides many tools to help one do one's job and there are opportunities to work abroad in other offices to experience other cultures.

    Cons

    High pressure, long hours and residual "old boys club" culture still persists. There are obvious favoritisms right from the start for those who have previously worked for the firm as Associate Consultants. The "meritocracy" that the firm preaches isn't always true - the louder one whines the more one gets. There is generally a lack of clarity on what is expected and what those expectations mean. Promotion usually favors those who were with the firm previously, and is openly talked about by management. This creates conflict and disparity among post-MBA hires and sets unnecessary rivalry and competition among colleagues. Managers at Bain are not trained to lead and manage people - they're trained to produce presentations and get the project done, so there is little in terms of professional development, even though that's what the firm touts as its key characteristics.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair and honest.


  11. Good pay, hard work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bain & Company

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

    Pros

    This job pays very well - compensation is great at the beginning and ramps up significantly. It can be a bit of a trick though, as because it pays well, nothing will compare well against it.

    Cons

    work life balance is a frustrating problem....hours can be unmanageable and hard to control

    Advice to Management

    Make things more manageable



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