Bain & Company
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Bain & Company Worldwide Managing Director Bob Bechek

Bob Bechek

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93% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great place to start career in consulting

Consultant/Case Team Leader (Former Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsNice culture, interesting cases, solid leadership

ConsHours, travel, uneven mentoring, unable to specialize for several years

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience that I would recommend to anyone coming out of school

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Bain & Company

ProsExcellent learning experience. Great people. Great business experience that has and I believe will continue to pay dividends in my professional life.

ConsExhausting schedule if traveling. Not always the flexibility to work on the types of cases you wanted to work on. Potential to have an unbalanced case load. There a few people that I have in mind that were consistently staffed on bad cases (long hours, unattractive travel, difficult CTL, etc.) and others that were consistently staffed on good ones.

Advice to Senior ManagementPromise of work/life balance sometimes goes out the door, if the client is deemed important enough. My time at Bain was interesting because the economy was bad (2008 - 2011). It felt as though management was going the extra mile to prove its value to clients at a time when clients were cutting discretionary costs. A lot of people in my class felt burnt, because they chose Bain and sacrificed some earnings relative to IB, in part due to work life balance, but still felt like they were working banker hours (obviously, we had more job security, but that point can get lost in times of frustration). Again, I was at Bain during an interesting time, so not sure how consistent my experience is with those of ACs/SACs today, but my advice is that if you are going to make work/life balance a selling point, follow through lest you'll have some disgruntled ACs. While most in my class stuck around for SAC year, it felt like an unusually high number of people chose not to accept B school sponsorship or left only after a year or 2 of a direct promote. I also recall a lot of people in the class below mine leaving before SAC year.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

ProsVery case heavy - no different case structures

ConsMust be very structured in thinking

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work

Senior Associate Consultant (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

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

ProsGreat culture and interesting projects. The company genuinely cares about the professional development of junior professionals. Very collegial working environment and you become friends with many of your colleagues

ConsIt can frustrating at times that consultants are in an advisory role. Ultimately, it is up to the client to decide what to do with your recommendations. But this is applies to all the consulting firms out there

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Admin Side job

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Bain & Company

ProsGood culture, lots of perks intended for consulting side that admin can enjoy as well

Constwo class system - admin & consultants

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Intense

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Bain & Company

ProsFood is for free, including drinks

ConsExpect to work days and night

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Work on interesting and important problems with great people. Very quick learning of broad skillset

Case Team Leader (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsFantastic training and personal development
Talented and relaxed people to work with
Relatively fewer hours and less travel than other consulting firms
Work on important problems for Fortune 500 companies

ConsCurrent client list heavy with huge companies doing multi-year transformations. Not ideal if you want to see the tangible difference you personally made

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Place to Work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

ProsThis company really works hard to make its employees feel that they are apart of a greater whole, like a giant international family. The employees here work hard and also play hard.

ConsDue to the fact that the company is rapidly growing, the idea of a familiar, inclusive workforce can be forgotten at times. The company also struggles to find a way to make its admin staff feel as included and driven as the rest of the consultant employee body.

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a system that motivates the admin staff

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great training, great people...long hours, high stress...lots and lots of slides

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Bain & Company

ProsGreat people and great training. You learn a lot very quickly and gain access to many industries and functions. Great job for those are new to business / management and don't know where they want to specialize.

ConsHours are long and arduous with high stress. Culture can be disheartening at times, and varies across offices (the west (e.g. SF) has the best culture (most supportive and constructive)...the culture in Europe & NYC can be more cut throat).

Advice to Senior ManagementThink carefully about staffing. Make sure all employees are given access to good mentors early in their case experience.

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Great Company, not for Everyone

Case Team Leader (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Bain & Company full-time for more than a year

ProsOverall, I had a great experience at Bain. The quality of the people is fantastic and learning environment is great. Particularly for folks starting their careers, Bain provides a great, no nonsense introduction to business. The fact-based and numbers-driven approach to consulting is

ConsThe leverage model leads to a lot of very junior people carrying the bulk of the workload. This sometimes led to fairly shallow analyses of the client's business. People tended to stick to the playbook rather than thinking deeply about the client's industry and specific challenges. This works very well when looking for cost reductions/efficiency, but fails when looking at go to market strategy.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe partners are generally great. They should be paying closer attention to the output of more junior teams and pushing real depth in analysis rather than simple, paint by numbers strategy formulation.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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