Bain & Company

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Bain & Company Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
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Updated March 4, 2015
402 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Awesome place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, they care about work/life balance

    Cons

    Hard to grow within company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern - Monthly in Dallas, TX
    Current Intern - Intern - Monthly in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Bain & Company as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    great team, great colleagues, great learning opportunity

    Cons

    challenging work life balance but managed well by company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Phenomenal Internship (ACI) Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Bain & Company

    Pros

    Treated as a full-time employee and given full-set of responsibilities (no watered-down tasks), great regimented training program and events for interns, transparent and clear (and frequent) feedback mechanisms inspire personal and professional growth

    Cons

    Experience is very dependent on your specific case assignment (including client, supervisor, team, etc.), although internship managers do screen the cases very carefully

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! Upper-level management did a great job at reaching out to interns and making sure we felt part of the team and company. This really meant a lot!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fantastic people & company culture with a reputation that will open many doors for you.

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic people, great company culture, extremely strong reputation and alumni network, interesting strategic clients

    Cons

    Very analytical work (not suitable for some people) and occasionally, difficult clients or partners

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Partners should be more proactive in meeting younger team members

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Pros

    It is a great place to work and learn.

    Cons

    There are times where work and life goes out of balance to meet client needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great learning group

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

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

    Pros

    In early years you learn lots of analytical and business related skills; very fast paced

    Cons

    Lot of time and effort spent in managing internal egos and messaging; client work often not scoped in a way to drive results (very low risk environment).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take risks, encourage managers and partners to take "operational" jobs, and see a world beyond Bain to develop really deep expertise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Incredible culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very focused on its employees. Creates a great work environment for both consulting and support staff. Making great progress with the support staff value proposition

    Cons

    Can be difficult to "break-in" if you join from another firm. The strong culture is great, but makes it challenging for those who haven't grown up in the firm to fit in

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Work hard, laugh often, learn even more

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

    I worked at Bain & Company

    Pros

    Incredibly smart, down-to-earth, intellectually curious, and fun-loving colleagues.
    Great place to get strategy experience that is hands on, analytical, fact-based.
    Lays a very practical foundation for those seeking careers in lifetime consulting or corporate strategy.

    Cons

    Long hours, stressful. Work-life balance can be challenging as you are never 'off' or inaccessible.
    Any individual's experience is highly dependent on the particular cases they work on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FEMPs have a home field advantage over new hires - something that is never mentioned in the MBA recruiting process. Work-life balance is a challenge for all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent firm, great place to start a career

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

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

    Pros

    Consulting pros: Varied projects/tasks, professional development/exit ops, early responsibility
    Bain pros: Fun-loving culture with extraoridnary team environments, private equity opportunities, true focus on results at the client level

    Cons

    Hours are not bad (~60/week), but are very unpredictable, can't commit to something like a late Weds dinner with a friend. There's a lack of transparency (maybe necessary) on how activities such as staffing, sourcing, and fees are run.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience

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

    I worked at Bain & Company

    Pros

    Smart peers, great work, fun work environment. Can be very demanding

    Cons

    Stressful, limited work-life balance primarily due to client service, travel can be rough

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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