Bain & Company Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
564 Reviews

4.6
564 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company also places a lot of emphasis on professional development as well as work/life balance (in 27 reviews)

  • Benefits are almost unmatched and lots of culture of really great people (in 53 reviews)


Cons
  • It's on us to remain ourselves that work-life balance is a priority (in 85 reviews)

  • Although better compared to some other firms in this industry, still long hours (in 94 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Incredible people and network, poor work life balance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Incredible culture both in the New York Office and across the organization. Truly humble, interesting people that are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance as team and client requests steamroll everything else. Being so client driven has the tradeoff of never being able to turn 'off'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to make work-life balance more of a priority throughout the organization if you want to maintain top talent. Salary and benefits aren't comparable to other major industries you are competing with for talent at more junior levels (e.g. Private Equity), so you need to provide more protection for your employees if you want them to stay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Incredible people, work very hard to take care of their eployees

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Great benefits and compensation package at all levels of the firm
    -A culture where everyone is expected to help each other and to always ask for help when needed
    -Summer meeting and outing events are very unique compared to other competitors
    -They recognize the importance of their people and reinvest money into the firm in order to improve working experience

    Cons

    -Work-life balance is always going to be a challenge given that the industry is client serving
    -Incredibly competitive culture and results oriented, they are willing to terminate someone with ease if they are not pulling their weight

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. Business is great and continuing to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome place to start a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great people, lots of client exposure, phenomenal training. No better place to start a career. Re

    Cons

    Pretty respectful of work-life balance, but can still be long hours at times due to client demands and/or travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start career

    Current Employee - Associate Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great culture
    Great training
    Great people
    Great opportunities for continuation within Bain or a career in a variety of fields (PE, Corporate, etc.)

    Cons

    Can be taxing / hard work
    Not all projects are going to be equally attractive

  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great company to start at out of college

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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

    Pros

    Great people, Great training, Builds a strong business foundation, Strong network

    Cons

    Limited control over your schedule, difficult work life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing place to start your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture, everyone is so helpful and wants to see you develop professionally. You learn A TON analytically as an Associate Consultant in the first three years that will help you no matter where you go

    Cons

    Lifestyle isn't for everyone long-term, but it's definitely worth it right out of college

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The best place to start your career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company has a truly incredible culture; the emphasis on personal and professional development as well as the smart, passionate, and fun employees make this a very unique place to work.

    Cons

    The hours can get long and the travelling can be exhuasting at times; you may be on the road more than you are home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic company!

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    Very strong culture. The perks are awesome; the people are fantastic. Everyone works really hard (smart, driven people). We are a small company in size, but a large company in our global footprint. There's always something fun going on.

    Cons

    Teams are run very lean and can feel under-resourced. The hours can be long

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing people and excellent learning opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Steep learning curve keeps you on your toes
    Working with some of the best and brightest people
    Good salary and perks like expensing dinner and a cab home
    Friendly cooperative culture
    First class training
    Exposure to different industries
    Rarely if ever asked to work the weekend

    Cons

    House can be quite long (60 average, peaks of 70-75)
    Some cases/projects last 6-12 months and can get boring
    Limited visibility into when work is required on a weekly basis
    Limited visibility into staffing pipeline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out poor mangers more quickly
    More honesty in staffing situation, no need to offer a choice if there is no choice
    Think long term and protect your people - push back against aggressive client demands

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great culture and people, but hard to advance in back office role.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are almost unmatched and lots of culture of really great people!

    Cons

    Work life balance can be challenging for dedicated employees, consider compensation adjustment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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