Bain & Company Reviews

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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 30 reviews)

  • Benefits are almost unmatched and lots of culture of really great people (in 58 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is always going to be a challenge given that the industry is client serving (in 98 reviews)

  • Although better compared to some other firms in this industry, still long hours (in 104 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best place to work if consulting for BigCo is your gig...

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Bain & Company

    Pros

    Culture is cult like - if you work hard play hard, this is the place for you
    Compensation is the same as McK & BCG - almost best of breed in consulting
    Nature of work - one of 3 places to do core strategy work.

    Cons

    Work can be demanding, there is pressure to over deliver all the time because the client is paying big bucks, system is not set up to make you successful - you have to do that yourself - but they will give you the training, tools, etc...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All in all management is doing a great job to preserve the culture and stay connected with alums. Keep it up.

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  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Worthwhile, but not as good as advertised.

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Pros

    People are really fun. It's a laidback, fun atmosphere. The culture is very collegial and people enjoy being around each other.

    Cons

    The work can be dull, and you find yourself wondering what you're actually doing for companies. It can be frustrating at times.

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  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazing firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Pros

    Bain is truly an amazing firm - the people are some of the brightest, kindest, and most fun I have ever met.

    Cons

    It can be a bit unforgiving and overwhelming if you aren't a strong performer. But there is lots of coaching to help you "get it".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please get rid of on-site travel 4 days/week. It is expensive for the client, demoralizing for the team, and does not add incremental value beyond the first two weeks (to meet the client) and then again for presentations. If needed, partners and senior managers should "take the hit" of travel more than ACs and Consultants. In the world of videoconferencing, it is better for sanity and cost to stay near home office.

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    The best place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Pros

    -the best culture I can imagine
    -travel is so much less than competition
    -people above you actually care about you and the person you are, not just the work you do
    -everyone in the office is so helpful. Always

    Cons

    -hours can be long, but come on, you're a consultant, and they are really not that bad
    -sometimes stress can get high around deadlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't let anything happen to the great culture we have

    Recommends
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  6.  

    An excellent job out of college to grow basic business skills and intuition

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Pros

    Great culture, very helpful colleagues, challenging work, excellent social atmosphere - your colleagues are also friends. Not at all competitive within your start group - I honestly have no idea who is at the top or bottom of the group.

    Cons

    The hours can vary dramatically - some 'lifestyle cases' are really only 45 hours a week or so, whereas the worst cases can peak at 100 (though rarely for more than a week). Average is probably in the 55-60 range.

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