Bain & Company Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Fantastic professional development, tremendous opportunities to have an impact, collaborative and supportive culture.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    -Office-centric project staffing: stronger local relationship building, better work life balance
    -Formal / informal global training programs
    -Collaborative supportive people throughout the organization interested in individual success

    Cons

    -Unpredictability of management consulting due to being professional services (i.e., less control over timing and duration of working demands)

    Advice to Management

    Continue investing in our people, and in the firm's growth.
    Continue social impact and education efforts.
    Continue focus on diversity.

  2. Great place to learn, but not the right fit for everyone long-term

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    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Local staffing model, great culture and people, great learning

    Cons

    Staffing uncertainty, can end up on bad cases or with bad teams

  3. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great 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

    Cons

    It 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

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  5. Great company to launch a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    - Diversity of projects creates many learning opportunities
    - Great on the job training and both hard & soft skill building
    - Strong culture focused on performance
    - Smart, driven colleagues

    Cons

    - Projects aren't always interesting
    - Project lengths are increasing, meaning there are fewer opportunites to see more industries & functions
    - Client service means life is unpredictable

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great post-MBA landing spot

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Engaged and energetic people
    - Workable lifestyle
    - Multiple opportunities outside of work

    Bain is a great place to work post-MBA. I have colleagues that are younger and engage in multiple additional opportunities including the Bain Band, non-profit work, and recruiting, as well as colleagues who have young children and still find time to balance their case work while spending time with their families. Los Angeles in particular is a smaller office within the North American system and within 3 months you'll definitely know everyone's name (as opposed to just randomly passing them in the hall and awkwardly nodding)

    Cons

    - High turnover (typical of consulting)
    - May have to spend some time in your car

    Like any consulting you may be staffed in a case that involves significant and / or inconvenient travel (but there's always Starwoods) or with a manager whose working style differs from your own. But these apply to the field in general more than Bain and I think the company does a good job of utilizing a regional model to minimize excessive or unnecessary travel and having multiple opportunities for upward feedback including monthly case team surveys that are displayed in the office kitchen to help improve case team dynamics.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, while prioritizing making sure our case mix stays diverse and our culture stays vibrant.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great people, challenging opportunities

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    While consulting with any of the major firms is an outstanding foundation for a career, Bain offers the opportunity to work with a special group of people that are incredibly smart, fun-loving, and supportive beyond belief. The friendships and mentorships you will develop at Bain are truly what make the job.

    Cons

    As with any client services firm, lifestyle can be vary depending on case and client demands, but the best managers focus the team's time on the highest priority demands.

  8. They care about you here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I am always amazed how flexible Bain management will be to accomodate personal needs. Time off, or reducing travel or different staffing. It feels like they really care about me as a person.

    Cons

    We are on the road a lot...this is a hard job.

    Advice to Management

    We do a good job with providing externships, but I think we coule even offer more externships...not just for SACs, but for all levels.

  9. Helpful (9)

    Know what you're getting yourself into

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Be fair and honest.

  10. Helpful (3)

    great to work out of undergrad but upside is limited

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Bain & Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good people, effort to maintain work life balance, social events outside of the office, steep learning curve, smart peers, opportunity to explore different industries

    Cons

    poor work life balance, sometime low impact work for a consultant, too much emphasis on fun, consulting staff is very young (compared to McK, BCG), client question the level of maturity, partner staff is seldom weak with expertise

    Advice to Management

    focus more on work life balance, consider strengthening middle management rather than recruiting tons of college grads

  11. Helpful (1)

    Bain & Co is fantastic

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    Former Employee - AC in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - AC in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Bain & Company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    From start to finish the job makes you feel like a valuable addition to not only a team, but to the improvement of the client. The environment is fun but challenging, self-paced but engaging, and the people there are world-class.

    Cons

    Ultimately the work itself is challenging at the beginning but can quickly get monotonous for a given type of analysis. This is probably the case for 95% of jobs though so it may be a wash. I can foresee loss of case mix with a declining economy with cases focusing mainly on cost cutting and performance improvement. Additionally, there is always the final bit of satisfaction one gets from seeing recommendations implemented, sadly

    Advice to Management

    N/A

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