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Bain & Company Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
641 Reviews
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Bain & Company Worldwide Managing Director Bob Bechek
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • My function focuses a lot on work life balance and provides lot of flexibility (in 32 reviews)

  • Benefits are almost unmatched and lots of culture of really great people (in 59 reviews)


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

  • Although better compared to some other firms in this industry, still long hours (in 108 reviews)

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good brand and people, but no coaching or mentorship

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus on building talent through mentorship and coaching

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Coworkers

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

    I worked at Bain & Company

    Pros

    work hard/play hard
    great co-workers
    good benefits

    Cons

    poor management of administrative staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good experience but workforce lacks diversity

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Bain case experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Know what you're getting yourself into

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be fair and honest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good pay, hard work

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

    I worked at Bain & Company

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Make things more manageable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    More focus on presentation than real work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in New Delhi (India)

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

    Pros

    Good Brand to have on your CV, Smart People hired from the best places

    Cons

    Bad Lifestyle, 50% of time is spent on formatting and presentation readiness than real analysis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to change model to focus more on ore value for money for the client

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Ineffective and arrogant management style

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    Great crowd of people at lower levels- however, its seems a lot of the best people leave at consultant level

    Cons

    Very hierarchy driven office, with a high level of arrogance among partners and senior managers. At times quite clear to the whole team how insecure partner/manager combinations translate into burning the team, driving high yield loss from overengineered output and micromanaged process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Link upward feedback directly to bonus/salary development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Lots of office politics and

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great brand
    Clients are the very top in every industry
    Great effort in training young resources
    Very diverse work-force

    Cons

    Extremely long hours
    excessive hierarchy
    New joiners can easily get lost
    Few times projects could be disappointing for people who studied business as they are mainly focused on strategic issues (no numbers)
    limited comp package

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen more to young people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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