Bain & Company Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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Pros
  • My function focuses a lot on work life balance and provides lot of flexibility (in 32 reviews)

  • Benefits are almost unmatched and lots of culture of really great people (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is always going to be a challenge given that the industry is client serving (in 104 reviews)

  • Although better compared to some other firms in this industry, still long hours (in 108 reviews)

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  1. Learned so much

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    Current Employee - Knowledge Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Knowledge Specialist in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Bain & Company

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

    Pros

    There is so much to learn from Bain even on the non-consulting side. Lots of opportunity for professional growth and finding your own path. Also allows great flexibility for part-time without sacrificing opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours, availability sometimes required needed across time zones

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for the commitment to keeping a strong culture and exceptional standards

  2. Great people, great training

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    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time

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

    Pros

    Fantastic place to work with smart, fun people. Being able to test out different industries and types of cases helped me figure out my passion and senior leadership supported me when I went after it.

    Cons

    Hard to get ownership, difficult to predict your life 6 or even 3 months in advance. A generalist firm, so can be difficult to specialize.

  3. Great place to start a career.

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    Former Employee - Associate Consultant
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome training
    Strong, social culture
    Talented and friendly people
    Great network and brand

    Cons

    Culture may not be for everyone (e.g. it is very social)
    Consulting hours and travel can be long, tiring

    Advice to Management

    Continue to recruit the best people out there and give them a strong platform with which to perform their best!

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  5. 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

  6. Helpful (3)

    Amazing people, good money, incredible culture

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    Current Employee - Management Consultant II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Management Consultant II in San Francisco, 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

    You will learn a ton and get any exit opportunity you like
    Awesome reputation
    Incredible culture
    Awesome compensation amongst MBB

    Cons

    Unpredictable hours
    A bit too fraternal

    Advice to Management

    Give consultants more input on case selection

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great environment

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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people I work with are amazing

    Cons

    I have no complaints about NY office

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. Sr. Recruiter

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Smart People, hard working, fun environment

    Cons

    No room for upward movement

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bain & Company

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

    Pros

    Excellent peers, interesting work, great company culture

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours on cases, unpredictability of travel / lifestyle

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to be with

    Cons

    Long hours and bad lighting

    Advice to Management

    None

  11. Helpful (3)

    Great place to work -- if you're a consultant

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    Current Employee - CSS
    Current Employee - CSS

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you're a consuktant, Bain & Company will teach you a lot, give you amazing opportunities (such as, you can basically pick any one of their 51 offices world-wide for a six-month case) and introduce you to a lot of important people. If you're not a consultant, the company will still promise you many of these great opportunities, but that's all just a lot of talk.

    Cons

    A very demanding schedule and pace, with employees pressure tested all the time. If you're part of "Consulting Support Services" (like me) you're just a cog in a machine. For example, consultants get "professional development" talks with their bosse every six months or so, I have my first such talk after six years on the job. Consultanst are made part of Baion's alumni network right away -- CSS staff like me will never be part of that network, even if we work here 20 years..

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about the split between the consultant and CSS sides of the business, and don't over promise and under deliver. I keep hearing how having Bain & Company on my resume is "very powerful," yet in three years of job hunting it has not opened any doors for me. To the contrary, it means I have to spend 15 minutes explaining Mitt Romney (and Meg Whitman's) ties to the firm, and the difference between Bain & Company and Bain Capital.

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