Bain & Company Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
607 Reviews
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607 Reviews
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Bain & Company Worldwide Managing Director Bob Bechek
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • My function focuses a lot on work life balance and provides lot of flexibility (in 30 reviews)

  • Benefits are almost unmatched and lots of culture of really great people (in 58 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is always going to be a challenge given that the industry is client serving (in 98 reviews)

  • Although better compared to some other firms in this industry, still long hours (in 104 reviews)

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Best Place to Work - No Lie

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Non-Consulting Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Non-Consulting Staff in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Bain is a great place to work. I feel very fortunate to have landed my non-consulting job here. Plenty of personal time off, the training has been great and my colleagues are fantastic. It's so nice to work at a place where I never have to say, "that person is an idiot," because pretty much everyone at Bain is intelligent and thoughtful. My supervisors have been extremely supportive, I've been able to work in a way at Bain that I haven't been able to at any other company. Bain has an entrepreneur spirit in that you can "build your own Bain." At Bain we do the things we want to do and are passionate about, not just the things that just pay the bills.

    I've worked at many other companies that people consider glamorous and are great for the resume. The management at Bain is fantastic, I promise you, it will be hard to find a better company to work for.

    Cons

    If you're non-consulting staff there is a divide and you will feel it. Consultants are the bread and butter of the company (it is a consulting firm, after all!) and you will be reminded of this occasionally. There is ALWAYS a ton of work to do which is great for opportunity but can kill your live/work balance if you let it. It's up to you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    You can't find a better first job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I've never been around a group of people as highly motivated and yet intensely caring; people want you to succeed not just because it makes them look good, but because apprenticeship and mentorship are the lifeblood of the business. Relaxed, informal culture that gives you the opportunity and skills to succeed.

    Cons

    Long hours, and the fact that you are never the one creating something; the hallmark of success at this job is helping someone else succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing; as long as the business is growing and we are taking share, the opportunities will come and people will be happy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unmatched professional development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Professional development, extremely structured thinking, mentors that really look out for you, extremely challenging problems, meritocratic with many step-up opportunities, office interest groups, extremely transparent organization, free weekends, worldwide trainings, great clients, private equity leadership, colleagues I enjoy being around and learning from

    Cons

    Constantly pushing at work and very high expectations for work - not as much the hours, but the pace can feel like a grind

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Amazing experience

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

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

    Pros

    - The people you work with will become your best friends.
    - Smart people and great mentors. The quality of the people is very consistent.
    - Challenging work everyday.
    - Informal culture which is incredibly consistent at all offices.
    - Global transfer opportunities and top-notch training.

    Cons

    -Work life balance, as is to be expected in consulting. However, at my office, you usually get credit for a particularly tough case and can choose to be on something easier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! If possible, continue effort to monitor work-life balance and make sure people in tough cases get rotated into easier ones.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Learned a lot.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    good training. good data analysis training. good understanding of business principles. good analytics of current market.

    Cons

    not many challenges. overall great place to work. learn a lot. good compensation. good professional development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pragmatic, no-nonsense place to work for with great human capital

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Where Bain stands out is
    -Professional development.
    -Apprenticeship
    -Strong fun culture
    -High impact projects
    -Opportunities to see across many capabilities and industries

    Cons

    Working at Bain means you'll have to deal with
    -Sustainability issues; it is client services after all
    -Hard to always predict work hours and travel schedule
    -How the firm is run can sometimes be opaque

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider being more open to change faster. Sometimes can be a bit too conservative on how to change the existing model

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work and learn

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I am given a lot of responsibility and ownership in the work I do. There is always opportunities to learn, on the job, in-office training, Global Training programs (if you are a consultant) and within your department. I have a global network of smart colleagues who are supportive. I am able to work remotely, though when and how often really depends on your manager.

    Cons

    As an adminstrative (CSS) employee, there are few opportunities for career advancement.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing place to work! Full of incredibly smart people!

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

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

    Pros

    Bain really cares about it's people and it comes out in everything that they do. Everyone here is dedicated and determined to make Bain the best place it can be! You learn something new everyday

    Cons

    The pace is incredibly fast so if you aren't used to that or don't like high pressured environments then you might stuggle at Bain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in the culture as much as you do. It's the core of why Bain is so amazing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I love working with smart, motivated co-workers!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Bain & Company part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefts are unbeatable, culture is fun and hard-working, it's a team environment all the way, people support one another.

    Cons

    Runs lean and is fast-paced with a high volume of work most of the time. Upward career growth can be limited due to lean structure but that's only an issue if you are prioritizing that over work-life balance, family commitments, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be nice to pilot some flexible or work-from-home arrangements

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work

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

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

    Pros

    People in the organization are incredibly smart and create a great working environment.

    Cons

    Lots of travel and long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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