Bain & Company
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Bain & Company Worldwide Managing Director Bob Bechek

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    Amazing PD, but inane work at the associate level

    Associate Consultant (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsExtremely well run company where people really care about helping you develop professionally and even personally. The staffing managers are very thoughtful. It's just a great way to learn the best practices for analysis, slide-building, presentation, client engagement, business logic, and working in a team. That being said, it wasn't for me.

    ConsI enjoyed case interviews because that dealt with the high-level strategic thinking of consulting -- the answer of the case. Unfortunately, that's not the work you do as an associate consultant; your role is to execute perfectly. It was hard for me to work long hours or be on call, spending ~30% of my time doing quality control (I'm not a very detail-oriented person). They expect you to feel ownership and responsibility over your work stream, but you don't actually have much ownership (I'd say on my teams they encouraged me to speak up and take a 'first pass' at higher level work, but there were always lots of iterations based on small suggestions at each level).

    Advice to Senior ManagementI was someone sold on social impact -- I heard about a Bain case team helping to found a charter school and was hooked -- and I became really demotivated when I started at Bain and realized that I'm not someone who can force myself to work really hard on projects I'm not passionate about. It's great that Bain encourages so much social impact, but I'd be really upfront with recruits that they should think through whether or not they will feel motivated and happy if they're working in industries they don't care about and doing only the execution work for the first 1-2 years.

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

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    Stimulating work, nurturing environment, and fun people

    Associate Consultant (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsYou get to work on interesting business strategy problems for senior management across a range of industries. The company also places a lot of emphasis on professional development as well as work/life balance. The people make for a fun and collaborative environment and there are frequent fun events!

    ConsSometimes cases can be poorly scoped, requiring consistently long hours, but this is not common. Otherwise, nothing besides the general cons of the profession: occasional long hours and travel that require flexibility but which can be enjoyable if you like variety.

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

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    A learning and supportive environment

    Marketing Assistant (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsGreat people who love their jobs

    ConsMarketing department in headquartered in Boston so not a lot of opportunity outside of Boston

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    Great people, fun work, and exceptional learning experience

    Associate Consultant (Current Employee)
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    ProsHighly competitive compensation. Great place to learn both soft and hard skills to excel in business setting. Many mentors to look up to and learn best practices

    ConsSometimes, work-life balance maybe unpredictable but then you do get enough unstaffed time to rest

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

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    Learning experience

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsExcellent place to gain insight into multiple industries, great place to work

    Constravel, long hours given intense ramping up steep learning curve, but hey, that's also a plus!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Experience

    Legal Temp (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsNice office, smart co-workers, friendly atmosphere, challenging work, good leadership, good work-life balance

    ConsReally small cubicles and technology isn't as cutting edge as it should be

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great work!

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

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    Positive atmosphere

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsGreat people to work with, always willing to share and to learn. Bain hires the best available people, and it shows. This company offers an opportunity to work in a worldwide marketplace on many diverse projects. The company atmosphere is extremely fun, with a definite work hard play hard feeling. Bain finds many ways to help in the community as well

    ConsHard to set one's self apart with so many talented colleagues.

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

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    Absolutely amazing place to start your career!

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsBain is an incredible place to start your career out of college and continue to build a career. The learning opportunities are unparalled; over 3 years as an AC/SAC you get incredible exposure and learning. The people are amazing- genuine, inspiring, devoted and caring. The culture is fantastic- fun, supportive. "A Bainie never lets another Bainie fail" is definitely true! Returning as a Consultant post-MBA (with Bain sponsorship) was equally rewarding. As a college senior, I never thought I'd still be at the same firm, but I can't imagine working elsewhere!

    ConsHours can be long but this is typical of consulting, and the travel options are better than elsewhere.

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

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    Top-notch employment opportunity. Great long-term career or training ground for line management positions.

    Partner (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsResults-focused, team-oriented, inclusive, compassionate, always at the top of best places to work lists. Truly a special place for a wide variety of people.

    ConsHard place to get a job. Can be challenging work, sometimes unpredictable client needs

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the small company feeling and excitement

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

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    Great place to start your career

    Senior Associate Consultant (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsLearn a lot, smart people, interesting cases

    ConsYou are still a generalist at the end of the day

    Advice to Senior ManagementA bit too fratty at times

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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