Bainbridge Reviews

Updated May 5, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Internship at Bainbridge

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Bainbridge part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very good working atmosphere with a nice team. The work is challenging and interesting

    Cons

    The hours can be difficult taking into the different time zone


  2. Overall, a great experience working with very sharp people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bainbridge full-time

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

    Pros

    - If you are intellectually curious, this is the right place
    - Learn about new industries in a short span of time
    - Great place to start your career, since you will get executive exposure very early on
    - Good client portfolio , fortune 500

    Cons

    - More Senior Managers/Directors needed that could lead the diverse client portfolio, This is also a pro for junior analysts since it results in early exposure to complex problems for them.
    - No structured training, all on-the job training thats not best practice for junior Consultants


  3. Helpful (2)

    HORRIFIC EXPERIENCE-RUN!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bainbridge full-time

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    good for young people/interns who need a resume builder for PE/M&A

    Cons

    Underpaid-if ever paid, and ethics are a major concern/issue with sub-par/inferior leadership in place. Private company, a lot of fake relationships

    Advice to Management

    Stick to counter intelligence consulting


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  5. Good place to gain new experience for fresh graduate!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst Intern in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst Intern in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Bainbridge (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company has a good working environment both in their morning shift and night shift. All the co-workers, supervisors, and senior analysts are all nice. They really value work-life balance. Once in a while, the company treats us during lunch/ dinner as an appreciation for our hard-working in the projects. The company is diverse.

    Cons

    The wage is not negotiable. The wage and salary relatively lower than the market has. The turnover rate is quite pretty high especially they don't sponsor working visa for foreign workers.

    Advice to Management

    The upper level management definitely need to do something in order to fix the turnover rate. Keep maintain the relationship with the employees and interns so they can enjoy working in the company and planning to stay longer!


  6. Helpful (7)

    Fake Glass Door Reviews / Degrading culture

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    Former Employee - Mergers & Acquisition Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Mergers & Acquisition Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Bainbridge

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - You can leverage the position to sound better than it actually is for your next job.
    - Lots of experience cold calling (if that's what you're into)

    Cons

    - Missed several paychecks while employed, which prompted my departure
    - Smoke and Mirrors, overall. MD is essentially a con man, the way that he sells his "investment banking" services to PE firms
    - Churns analysts with long hours - ridiculous reading assignments - and low pay (if they don't miss your check)
    - Mythical CEO Carlos Arias who lives in Panama and barely is informed on what Bainbridge does

    Advice if you get the job: Start looking for another after 4-5 months.

    Advice to Management

    Give it up. Stop posting fake reviews on Glassdoor to boost your rating (same technique used with PE firms).


  7. Analyst

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    Current Employee - Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Bainbridge full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great culture, benefits, people amongst other things.

    Cons

    Horrible hours and growth is political.


  8. Good place to start working in M&A experience.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - M&A Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - M&A Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Bainbridge full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good team of analysts and contact with Private Equity firms all over the globe

    Cons

    Not many. Some people don't like the 7am time, but I'm a morning person.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. There is a positive culture here, and it is a place I enjoyed working.


  9. Smart people, good M&A clients, intensive learning and opportunity if experienced in sales and dedicated to sector

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    Current Employee - M&A Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - M&A Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Bainbridge full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Worked for top PE firms that were clients, some market analyzing. Good exposure to various M&A sectors, learned the process of private equity. Didn't do any capital raising, good, just deal sourcing and analysis work. Got to work with major executives owners of companies around country. Some exceptionally bright and motivated people, a couple of folks not so. Six figures in second year if you figure out the right clients and teams and stay away from riff raff.

    Cons

    It's easy to get a job, hard to keep it leaving more entry level analysts shell shocked. M&A isn't easy, takes patience. This is a sales profession and the company hired a lot of rookies as well as experienced people. The former usually didn't make it. I had a few years of real sales experience and ran circles around my peers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring criteria and standards high to reduce more difficult entry level people.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Great for 1-2 years at the beginning of your career, but leave as soon as you have reaped the benefits.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Bainbridge full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a small company (20-25 employees) so you are able to "wear many hats" within the company. Lots of room for growth in both responsibility and "titles". Non-managerial employees are top notch. Very bright young professionals, great intellectual stimulation. It is a great starting point for your professional career - you will learn a lot (from both training and trial/error), work a lot of hours, get paid very low but what you take away is what made it worthwhile for me. I would not be where I am in my career if it were not for Bainbridge. I made a lot of lifelong friends at this company as well. For those two reasons, I am grateful for the experience I had at Bainbridge. If you can put up with the b.s. for a year, its a great place to put some time in and get out.

    Cons

    They consistently lie about their financial health to employees. Managers don't have full autonomy of their teams; they are merely messengers. Managing Director is in his own world (and also likes to put fake reviews on glass door to make the company look more favorable).

    Advice to Management

    Stop posting fake reviews on Glassdoor; it is very obvious to former employees. Value your employees and exercise ethical business practices. Managing Director needs to be replaced. Increase transparency! Just be honest with your employees.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Run Away!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst/Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst/Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Bainbridge full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Learning about in industry and subsector can be intellectually stimulating but with little pratical application in your career later on

    The coffee cart outside has a good selection

    Cons

    frequently late paychecks
    high turnover (80% in 8 months)
    low employee tenure (longest 2 yrs)
    Company claims they do investment banking but does not -and does not carry any licenses to do so
    low moral
    no 401k
    no opportunity for advancement



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