Bain & Company Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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Bain & Company Worldwide Managing Director Bob Bechek
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Pros
  • The company also places a lot of emphasis on professional development as well as work/life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • Interesting business problems with some of the biggest companies in the world; great people, great compensation (in 59 reviews)

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

  • Long hours/always on call for very trivial tasks -- very inefficient work environment (in 108 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great culture but sustainability ongoing issue

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bain & Company (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Culture, people, great perks, company really takes care of employees

    Cons

    Cases can be extremely tough, sustainability is an ongoing issue


  2. Senior Business Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bain & Company

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

    Pros

    Amazing people, culture and learning experience for graduates. Especially, if you take up challenging cases in private equity, strategy and analysis

    Cons

    Something, which they can improve on can be that they should focus more on highlighting impact of what they worked on and use it for growth

    Advice to Management

    More clarity regarding kind of work to be done when recruiting and greater focus on talent development will help in retention and grow skills in the long term


  3. Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    salary - career - travel

    Cons

    no work-life balance - stress

    Advice to Management

    give more free time to your employees


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  5. Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    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

    - Excellent learning opportunity for new graduates
    - Bright leadership and extremely friendly consulting staff
    - Rewarding and merit-based career ladder
    - Good opportunity of international experiences for those who ask for it

    Cons

    - Working hours can vary a lot and can be very intense also for long periods
    - Learning curve is quite steep: it can be very challenging at the beginning


  6. Great opportunity in Italy

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Considering overall economic / employment situation in Italy, this is by far the best place to be in fort the first 5-10 years of your career

    Cons

    Long hours; sometimes, challenging staffing


  7. Great place to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bain & Company (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Amazing culture
    - Very talented but humble colleagues
    - Stimulating work

    Cons

    - Volatile work-life balance (as with all consulting jobs)
    - Some projects can be less-stimulating than others

    Advice to Management

    - Need to make a more attractive value proposition in order to compete with start-ups that offer attractive jobs with great compensation and benefits


  8. Great spirit and great opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunities both as part of regular case work and beyond (externships, secondments, LoA, ...)
    Great atmosphere and spirit (Bain World Cup, office parties, office offsites, ...)

    Cons

    The usual consulting cons:
    Working hours can be tough
    Little control over own time as a junior team member


  9. Great company fresh out of college

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's an amazing platform to be exposed firsthand to high-level issues at big companies, with a lot of travel (I'm based out of Southeast Asia). As a fresh college graduate, I am hard pressed to think of another industry that will offer the same types of opportunities.

    Bain specifically, has an amazing collegiate culture that it's hard to tell friend from colleague at times (can be both a good and bad problem). The SEA office is also very diverse (our second most prevalent nationality is Italian), which makes for an interesting set of colleagues nonetheless.

    Being in the SEA office specifically can also be really helpful to professional development immensely - I've had a lot of exposure to senior clients very early on, even in my first year that I find my colleagues in the US don't experience as much. Also, since we are a less developed market, the projects I work on are very much growth oriented with many "2020 Ambitions" strategic projects thrown into the fray. There is a huge opportunity to work on really high-level, less process-oriented projects that one is more likely to work on if he/she were in the US.

    Cons

    As much as the projects here are great, there is also limitations to what we do - there is less data in less developed markets for example and clients are not as sophisticated as they are in the developed world. This means various things from tougher work life balance to data analysis limitations when the biggest hurdle is actually getting the data.


  10. Top talent, lifestyle with ups and downs

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Top talent
    - Projects with industry winners
    - Hands-on approach
    - Strong private equity practice

    Cons

    - Some general aggressiveness in (some) people's attitudes/work style
    - Lifestyle sometimes miserable


  11. Exciting and challenging consulting job at a top tier global firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Munich, Bayern (Germany)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Bainies have a great team spirit, are down to earth fun to work with
    - The case work is challenging and very diverse, both in terms of industries and functional areas covered
    - If you are willing to work hard, you are rewarded with lots of responsibility early on as well as a steep learning curve and exciting development opportunities

    Cons

    - Working at Bain can be challenging because consulting firms do business in a very competitive market, which can cause projects to have ambitious timelines involving long working hours
    - Be prepared to travel a lot - this can be strenuous for some people

    Advice to Management

    - While being on an ambitious growth path, it becomes even more important to strengthen the culture and ensure that every new starter becomes a true Bainie



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