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Bain & Company Worldwide Managing Director Bob Bechek
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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.  

    Fantastic place to work

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great variety of experience while developing a highly transferrable skill set; the coaching and mentoring you will get is fantastic, you are given the tools you need to grow and continue learning; competitive compensation; international transfer opportunities can be life-changing; great exit options; and most of all the people are amazing (extremely talented yet humble); Chicago office is one of the best in the global system

    Cons

    The travel eventually takes its toll (though Bain does what it can to manage this and all the miles/points you’ll accumulate are a perk); your work-life balance and overall satisfaction for any 3-6 month period is highly project dependent (the rare poorly matched team or occasionally ornery client can make life difficult)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in professional development of employees and never stray from the wonderful Bain culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people & better management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    -Management puts a lot of thought into structures and decisions that truly differentiate this place.
    -People here are not just satisfied, they are enthusiastic. That brings energy into the work.
    -The work is awesome!

    Cons

    Though Bain does a great job of making it easier, consulting is a hard job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent place to start your career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work with incredible people while developing invaluable analytical skills & understanding of business, Very entrepreneurial and gives you opportunities to contribute to the office in ways you like through "Extra 10s". Lots of formal and informal mentorship as well for learning.

    Cons

    Very steep learning curve, hours more unpredictable (as with all consulting jobs)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    During AC1 year, when new grads are just making that transition from 16+ years of school to working full-time, be sure to invest a lot of time in support. It seems that the first year is the most likely time for ACs to feel very dissatisfied with work depending on what kind of case(s) they are put on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Associate Consultant

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    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity to work at the highest levels at a variety of global companies.

    Cons

    Frat boy culture sometimes is difficult to crack.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to launch a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    - Diversity of projects creates many learning opportunities
    - Great on the job training and both hard & soft skill building
    - Strong culture focused on performance
    - Smart, driven colleagues

    Cons

    - Projects aren't always interesting
    - Project lengths are increasing, meaning there are fewer opportunites to see more industries & functions
    - Client service means life is unpredictable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unmatched people and opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    Some of the most talented people around and the marketing story is real - there is a true focus on results and making sure recommendations can be implemented and deliver real value. While there are a variety of personalities at all the consulting firms, Bain under-indexes on "tough" personalities that people are trying to avoid working with, which is where you really feel the "people" difference at Bain.

    Cons

    The work/life balance is tough as is the case with any consulting firm, and there's a fairly strong bias toward former AC's at the Consultant (post-MBA) level. Coming in new from business school, you'll feel "behind" the former AC's, which is a challenging gap to close as they will tend to get accelerated opportunities and higher level performers to manage early on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. The firm is fantastic and the client results are amazing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Company, Great People!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Bain is an incredible place to work. Like all EA’s, we want to work for a great company. More importantly (at least for me), is the Executive(s) we support within the company, that makes coming into work every day fun! The Bain Atlanta office Executives are amazing (great personalities, fun, considerate and tough). We give our best to Bain and get the best in the return, employees DO NOT take advantage of Bain’s kindness (this is amazing). Bain’s catch-phrase is absolutely true "A Bainee never lets another Bainee down".

    Cons

    As an EA, I think teaming structure (coverage team) is the toughest part of the job. You MUST invest in your team and get to know each other well. If your team does not sync, it can make coming into work stressful and significantly less-fun!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice from an EA, about your EAs - while Bain is good to the EA group (admin staff), I think it would be nice if we were given additional perks for exceptional commitment, loyalty, and a great job done, i.e. larger annual bonus, spot bonus program, work from home opportunities, when needed, VP approval only).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader

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

    Pros

    Great people, challenging environment, fast moving

    Cons

    Working hours, travel, work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience - but not very sustainable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great way to build a generalist management toolkit; every year you learn a different skillset and have can get exposure to many industries in short timeframe

    Cons

    Work/life balance is difficult despite continued focus from management; don't plan on having a life outside work during the week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create incentives for partners to become stronger coaches; all of the good coaching happens at lower levels of the team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing people and a lot of opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People and culture
    Great learning opportunities

    Cons

    Work life balance could be tough if travelling but still better than other consulting firms

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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