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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intense, but continue to learn a lot

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Pros

    Client engagements are overall very interesting and focused on the most important issues
    Culture is top rate
    People care about your development

    Cons

    Travel can be draining. Seems to be increasing
    Can't ever be 100% sure that your personal plans will stick
    Premium product offered to clients means there's never room to relax

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being selective about client engagements. Growth at the expense of good people isn't worth it. Thanks for the support!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Decent company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Pros

    The people and my direct team are great to work with. Overall, it's a fun company to work for. The company perks and benefits are great (e.g., free coffee, cereal and fruit, monthly socials and gatherings to keep employees happy).

    Cons

    Unfairness in promotion. Bain often creates job titles/positions that aren't applicable in the outside work world. There is a huge disconnect between the administrative and consulting staff in terms of treatment and pay. Senior management tend to promote within if the candidate comes from a 'consulting' background, despite the person's hands on experience and knowledge in the industry. Senior management often values a consultant's perspective/insight more so than that of an admin employee with extensive knowledge and background in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your hard working employees and their expertise. Consultants aren't the only ones with expertise to offer to Bain. Bain should be able to do things more in-house versus having projects outsourced (to India or companies with certain expertise).

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Worthwhile, but not as good as advertised.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Coworkers

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

    I worked at Bain & Company

    Pros

    work hard/play hard
    great co-workers
    good benefits

    Cons

    poor management of administrative staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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