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Bain & Company Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
641 Reviews
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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. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Bain & Company

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazing place to work and learn before you get burnt out

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A good (not the best) place to begins one's career, especially for undergraduate candidates

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Aggressive professional development
    Talented colleagues
    Interesting projects (generally)
    Generalist model ensures you won't get pigeon-holed

    Cons

    Lifestyle isn't great (project dependent)
    Good career opportunities (definitely not as good as McKinsey)
    Access to industry verticals are driven by office location given regional staffing model
    Candidates have almost no say in project staffing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Devote more time and energy for Associate Consultant career development (especially if the path is outside of Bain). Management isn't as open to career trajectories outside of Bain as it should be.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    an ok experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Pros

    people are great, the atmosphere are friendly, they are willing to help and make you grow in a very fast pace.

    Cons

    boring ground research, have to make cold calls, not enough data/they are short of budget to support the projects which sucks.

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Executive Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and work-life balance, with numerous opportunities to enjoy esprit events and peer social interactions.

    Cons

    Defined separation of consulting group from support staff that translates to inequitable lines of compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Translate the value of 'support staff' in a way that is comparative to consulting group scales.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working at Bain for the past 2.5 years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer

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

    Pros

    Great culture and great perks

    Cons

    No room for growth at Bain for the consulting support staff

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard work, high learning curve, up or out. But they pay you for it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very smart, ambitious colleagues, and high earning potential.

    Cons

    Completely unsustainable lifestyle. Young managers with little experience managing people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unmatched people and opportunity

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    Some of the most talented people around and the marketing story is real - there is a true focus on results and making sure recommendations can be implemented and deliver real value. While there are a variety of personalities at all the consulting firms, Bain under-indexes on "tough" personalities that people are trying to avoid working with, which is where you really feel the "people" difference at Bain.

    Cons

    The work/life balance is tough as is the case with any consulting firm, and there's a fairly strong bias toward former AC's at the Consultant (post-MBA) level. Coming in new from business school, you'll feel "behind" the former AC's, which is a challenging gap to close as they will tend to get accelerated opportunities and higher level performers to manage early on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. The firm is fantastic and the client results are amazing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly volatile post-MBA gig

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

    I worked at Bain & Company

    Pros

    Unrivaled culture, brilliant peers, amazing support staff, run environment

    Cons

    Very little control over cases, managers often don't know how to manage, hard to build industry expertise quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so answer first with your employees

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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