Bain & Company Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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Bain & Company Worldwide Managing Director Bob Bechek
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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. Great Training but Bain Koolaid overrated

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great training and hands-on experience for a young employee
    - Respectful managers, good guidance, good culture
    - Teamwork focused environment, great alumni network, proud to be a "Bainee"
    - Great launch point for a career, skillset valued by many employers / business schools

    Cons

    - The consulting industry itself is not that fulfilling (just look at the attrition rate of employees)
    - Pay and benefits are lagging jobs of comparable skill/role. Limited upside opportunity
    - Very structured job function. Limited creative opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Enable high performers to work outside the box. The rigidity is great for managing a large organization, but constricting of innovation.


  2. Consultant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -High degree of learning and professional development

    Cons

    -Hours commensurate with most consulting jobs (60-70/week; avg. of 9am-8pm daily)
    -Nothing particularly unique about culture or people


  3. Case Team Leader at Bain LA

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CA - California in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - CA - California in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Getting in the middle of complex strategic issues and working with smart people

    Cons

    Work life balance is a myth - expect to be plugged in and online 24X7 and weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example


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  5. Administrative Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Culture
    Work/life Balance
    Benefits for employees only-dependent benefits are very high

    Cons

    Management or lack thereof- very absent or uninterested in what admin staff had to say
    Cliques
    Pay


  6. Helpful (2)

    Glad I did it, and glad I'm no longer doing it

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

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, strong culture, excellent resume builder. The environment is competitive but not cutthroat.

    Cons

    Not a sustainable work/life balance in any way. For most people, it's a sprint for two or three years followed by a burnout. Clients have become more an more savvy about how to best utilize consultants, and they work them to the bone.

    Advice to Management

    Your culture is great so keep investing in it. Try to find a way to make the job work for people with families.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Great place to work -- if you're a consultant

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company

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

    Pros

    If you're a consuktant, Bain & Company will teach you a lot, give you amazing opportunities (such as, you can basically pick any one of their 51 offices world-wide for a six-month case) and introduce you to a lot of important people. If you're not a consultant, the company will still promise you many of these great opportunities, but that's all just a lot of talk.

    Cons

    A very demanding schedule and pace, with employees pressure tested all the time. If you're part of "Consulting Support Services" (like me) you're just a cog in a machine. For example, consultants get "professional development" talks with their bosse every six months or so, I have my first such talk after six years on the job. Consultanst are made part of Baion's alumni network right away -- CSS staff like me will never be part of that network, even if we work here 20 years..

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about the split between the consultant and CSS sides of the business, and don't over promise and under deliver. I keep hearing how having Bain & Company on my resume is "very powerful," yet in three years of job hunting it has not opened any doors for me. To the contrary, it means I have to spend 15 minutes explaining Mitt Romney (and Meg Whitman's) ties to the firm, and the difference between Bain & Company and Bain Capital.


  8. A positive place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Summer Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Summer Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I liked that there were many opportunities to take on new project and quickly meet senior staff members as an intern

    Cons

    I question whether the intern culture accurately reflects what full time employment at the company would look like

    Advice to Management

    Give as many opportunities as possible to low level staff to improve themselves


  9. Helpful (1)

    Bain has a lot of great people but is increasingly stuck in 1995

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

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

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

    Pros

    The people are really awesome and passionate about what they do. The company is generally very forthright and the compensation tends to be very competitive. The career opportunities after leaving the consulting staff are tremendous.

    Cons

    Client services is always challenging on lifestyle and Bain is no exception. Leadership usually has the best intentions but there is nothing that protects the front line consultants. People get called of vacations and in on weekends to do work and the LT acts like there is nothing they can do about it. Bain also struggles to value anyone that isn't directly client serving - they're always viewed as overhead even if they are mission critical to serving the client. The partner group is also very stodgy and skeptical of anything new and different.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Great place to work but don't bother recruiting for a consulting position with the Chicago office if you are not white

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Bain & Company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    *less travel on average compared to other top consulting firms. Focus on travel only as needed. Get to spend a lot of time in the office with teammates and colleagues.
    *thought provoking work and generally great teams and clients
    *exit opportunities are great and if you just want a break, easy to take a sabbatical or transfer for a 6 month period to another office for a new experience

    Cons

    *Only a handful of non-white candidates end up getting offers and coming here. Hypocritical that even though "diversity" is mentioned all the time but when it comes down to the final decision, other ethnicities lose out at this office. Seen many less qualified individuals given opportunities over ethnic minorities. Yes, if you visit the office, there is no diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of just saying you are diverse, actually be diverse.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Amazing place to work and learn before you get burnt out

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing people work at Bain. Smart, dedicated and humble coworkers make going in to the office everyday a joy.

    Cons

    Professional services does not create for a sustainable lifestyle and despite all its attempts, Bain doesn't do a good job balancing the load for individuals, particularly the best employees. The joke of "hiring insecure perfectionists" is somewhat true and exploited. Bain burns out the best and relies on the culture to keep people around.

    Advice to Management

    Senior leadership needs to do a better job of connecting with the concerns of the younger generation and not falling back on the "Back in my day i paid my dues" attitude that can sometimes come through. The best talent today isn't just looking to work hard with blinders on until they reach the big payday.



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