Bain & Company 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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  1.  

    Amazing experience, unparalleled learning, awesome colleagues, company that really cares

    Current Employee - Principal  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Principal in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Smart down to earth colleagues, high impact work, great compensation,unparalleled training ground in business, high integrity partners, high focus on the individual, Bain always leans in when employees have challenges outside of work (eg health or personal issues). I have nothing but great things to say about Bain

    Cons

    Long hours, unpredictable travel at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the efforts to make the job more manageable

  2.  

    Great company to build foundational business skills

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

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

    Pros

    - Fun work hard, play hard culture
    - Best business training ground
    - Help make real change at clients, not just perform studies

    Cons

    - Lot of hours
    - Can be a lot of trouble, although they have improved this quite a bit (office dependent also)
    - Up or out meritocracy is good if you're going up, no so much if you are good but just need more time to mature

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the need for some consultants to take more time to make it to the next level, and give it to them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for with an outstanding culture that I've never seen repeated at another company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Support Staff  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consulting Support Staff in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    We have smart people and an outstanding culture at our company. Everyone works as a team, always willing to help out, never let a Bainie fail. We do exciting work and have great learning opportunities while having worklife balance. What also is unique is our global network of outstanding professionals around the world.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities for Consulting Support Staff are not as great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work on the unique culture at Bain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Outstanding firm with amazing people. I love this place!

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

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

    Pros

    The people are outstanding. Bain has built an incredibly special culture that is down to earth, collegial, supportive, intellectually stimulating, and just out right fun. I absolutely love coming to work here and truly miss the office and our people when I'm away. That's a rarity and something I cherish each day.

    Cons

    Client services is inherently challenging when it comes to work/life balance. Bain has a huge number of systems in place to track work/life balance and ensure each person has a great experience overall, but consulting will at times mean travel and late nights. Overall, I've found the firm and the people to be extremely flexible and willing to help you make this career work. Everyone here is invested in their life outside of Bain, so we are all aligned towards the same goal!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best place to start a career and really learn the skills to run a business

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic place to learn the full set of what it means to run a business, balancing both innovation and pragmatism. You will not find a more thoughtful, intelligent group of people who truly view the client's business as their own, and work hard to solve the problem (while remaining humble).

    Cons

    The work/life challenges exist, as you'd expect in any management consulting job. Occassionaly, you could find yourself working on a project that you are less passionate about (e.g. in an industry you don't really like), and that makes the work/life trade-offs more difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most important issue facing the company today is the talent gap we have, given our growth potential. The firm should be tripling down on solving this problem ASAP. Find alternate sources of talent and ensure the existing people we have get everything they need to develop into effective managers/partners.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent mentorship, terrific client base, and a system built around maximizing individual development, client results, and work-life balance. The company does an excellent job of trying to keep employees happy while taking no shortcuts in providing maximum value to their clients.

    Cons

    It is a consulting firm, so the quality of life and day-to-day work enjoyment depends on the nature of the client and engagement type that you are assigned to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A fun culture of highly intelligent people collaborating to bring first-class results to clients' toughest problems

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year

    Pros

    Fun loving, yet hard working culture. You will want to be with the people you work with, making case teams a truly enjoyable experience. Bias towards coaching/mentoring really pays off for new starts, and encourages those who become senior to pass it on to their mentees. Encourages a one team attitude throughout.

    Cons

    You will travel for this job, so don't come into it with any misperceptions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to set the example of the best of both worlds - delivering superior value, coaching up direct reports and all associates you interact with, while having a blast doing it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Executive Assistant Approves!

    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great leadership, amazing opportunities, intellectually stimulating, outstanding benefits, feels like family.

    Cons

    Nothing to report here - Bain has exceeded my expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! I've been an EA for 15+ years and have never felt more included in the company and culture as I have at Bain. Bain cares about everyone (not just the consulting staff) and they prove it every day.

  10.  

    Excellent Job

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great people, committed management, Excellent culture. This is a great place to work out of school, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

    Cons

    Consulting industry means a lot of travel. Generally low comp relative to some other options. I think the lifestyle can also get tough at times, so be prepared for some long hours occasionally. At those times, the job doesn't seem worth it, but if you look over a 3-6 month period, I always felt very happy to be where I was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your eye on the ball - was phenomenal and getting better while I was there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    International management consulting firm is a great first job out of college that prepares you to break into other areas

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

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

    Pros

    Diligence of private equity targets in various industries, financial data analysis and modeling, market research, customer surveys, and collaborating with clients on strategy and buy-in to Bain action plans on 2-10+ person teams. Fantastic culture, you will become part of a worldwide family and make friends who will be with you for life.

    Cons

    Can feel distanced from true products and services, often feels like you are just giving advice rather than taking action. Can be variable, long hours, not the best job in terms of hourly wage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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