Bain & Company Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great launching point into other jobs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    Pros

    Incredibly strong professional development focus (without being overly critical!!)
    Congenial, intelligent peers
    Once you work here, getting a job somewhere else is relatively easy (combination of the network and the brand name)
    The job responsibilities change considerably each year you stay

    Cons

    Long hours
    Can feel like a boy's club (sometimes it feels like there's a popular kid table full of the loud, boisterous ones)

    Advice to Management

    Work hard to maintain connection to alums, as the network is one of the most salient reasons to join Bain

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunities at a great firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people and culture
    Great work

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours can be long, but it's the nature of the beast!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, it's a great company to work for

  3. Helpful (2)

    Phenomenal Internship (ACI) Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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

    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 Management

    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!

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not that results oriented

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Most of their collaborators are super smart. They have nice training sessions where you can meet people from all their offices

    Cons

    There is a strong focus on producing slides rather than adding value to the client. The results oriented vision is not fully supported by case work.
    Some are still very hierarchical and this traduces in more work with low relevance for the ACs (analysts)

    Advice to Management

    Lets find the intersection of Projects that we can sell and Projects where we can add value and deliver results.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great experience working with company. Amazing people that consider work/life balance. Good leadership throughout.

    • 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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Great people. Good benefits. Care about work life balance.

    Cons

    Long hours and lots of travel.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more room to grow within the company.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Awesome place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, they care about work/life balance

    Cons

    Hard to grow within company

  8. Helpful (1)

    Smart people, good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Very smart, generally humble people

    Cons

    Work-life balance can go out the window generally. Lives become subservient to client needs/request

  9. Helpful (2)

    Fast-paced, high-stress environment with great perks and smart people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It's great to work with a lot of smart, talented, driven people. The culture of the company is great. Rarely do you encounter egos, people are generally nice, expectations are high, but your coworkers want you to succeed. And people who do good work are singled out and appreciated. There are opportunities to move around as new offices are opened or other offices in the system require ramping up.

    Cons

    Difficult to maintain a work-life balance (at all levels); pay for admin staff is lower than what I've seen at comparable companies. Demands are high and control of your day-to-day job responsibilities is often low.

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for CSS staff to move into more senior roles.

    Bain & Company Response

    Apr 17, 2015Director, Global Consultant Talent Management

    Thanks so much for providing a thoughtful review, and we're glad to know that your experience overall was very positive. We appreciate your advice on career development, which we know is important ... More

  10. A great place to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great team, great colleagues, great learning opportunity

    Cons

    challenging work life balance but managed well by company

  11. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    Partners should be more proactive in meeting younger team members

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