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Bainbridge Reviews

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
32 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent in the area

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    Former Employee - Contractor in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Bainbridge as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Well known management consulting company

    Cons

    -Long hours, not much help for personal growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Hire more employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to start working in M&A experience.

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    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Business Development Intern in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development Intern in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Bainbridge as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    young staff, lots of hands on learning, fast paced, interesting projects.

    Cons

    small office so many responsibilities that are not in the job description.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Learned quite a lot as a student

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

    I have been working at Bainbridge as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good learning experience in consulting.
    Great for student in the area.
    Flexible time schedule

    Cons

    Management is too far from employee and interns.
    Do not have meetings or open communications.

  7.  

    Top caliber people,, now,, lots of growth and leadership opportunity, new managers in charge, boutiquey, meritocracy

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

    I have been working at Bainbridge full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for growth and to take on responsibility, Fortune 1000 clients, meritocracy, and location a plus San Diego. A new HR manager started in summer and improved recruiting and operations for the team (she also cleaned up a few bad hires and they ranted). New consulting manager came in as well to shore up past hiring practices and improve skills in analytics, quant skills, strategy, and supply chain. Now case studies and behavioral interviews changed. There are weekly training and Friday afternoon roundtable sessions, more content than past director. Consulting projects sometimes will get venture and private equity work from Bainbridge Capital, and many international engagements. The place is what you make of it, if you're not an overachiever, or have solid work history or GPA, then agree, run away, otherwise a place for top percentiles. It's a meritocracy, and leadership comes from the bottom up by design. People who come in expecting to have hands held and lack skills will suffer. Managing director calls company a laboratory for clients and employees, and new consulting director does good job giving opportunities to lead. They have stopping recruiting from some local colleges, had some bad hires, so now focused on the UC schools for the entry roles, and experienced candidates finally. Company spends a lot per employee on training, benefits, PTO, holidays, so not sure what some other reviews mean, that's not the company I work for and do think they mix up Bainbridge companies on this site. Managers and analysts one and the same, culture of meritocracy, so dialogue internally is now really good.

    Cons

    Diverse work sometimes doesn't allow specialization. The new consulting manager now makes more efforts to put people in their career choice industries on projects. Some analysts hired in a trial over last years were not normally qualified for consulting. Former managers wanted to see if a broader range of candidates could cut it in consulting. Mistake. None of them cut it in consulting, were quickly moved out and that caused issues earlier this year (note some irate people who were forced out). Now new HR manager and director vets all candidates for critical thinking, cultural fit, career alignment, and bio history. A new recruiter supposedly started as well, doing work behind scenes but haven't seen yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for new HR and OPS managers, and consulting director. Keep hiring standards high, don't try that trial again. Need to hire more people with experience balance out. Better communication of what other Bainbridge Companies are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Extremely fulfilling and paved my way to many future career opportunities

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Bainbridge as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Able to work alongside FT Business Analysts and engage in hands-on projects
    -Lots of Excel Building and Primary Research
    -Interesting scope of international and domestic projects
    -Was able to participate in brain storming sessions with fellow Consultants who were extremely constructive and welcoming.

    Cons

    -None that I can think of.
    -This review ONLY applies for the consulting arm. Cannot speak on behalf of private equity and M&A.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in the Consulting arm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    New director cleaned up company, but there are two Bainbridges and these reviews are mixed up

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

    I have been working at Bainbridge full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Bainbridge Consulting has great clients, people, not a top down company, more of a learning lab, puts everyone in position to take ownership, mainly Fortune 1000 consulting, not ibanking at all so not sure what these reviews are taking about. Former director was great, she was a Wharton grad and healthcare guru, new director very smart, analytical, moving company to tech side

    Cons

    If you're not an overachiever, don't work here. The people who aren't were pushed out recently, and left really upset, and left some bad reviews here it looks like! Contrary to what I know here, the company really is about the employees, it's bottoms up company, not top down, and there is no CEO, there is a managing director, last lady left, new guy in is even better. Beneftits are good, and there is a 401K and a stellar HR manager, so not sure if another company's reviews got mixed in here or not

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More tech work is a plus, really like healthcare and education, but the newer tech clients are very exciting. Thank you for the candor and transparency. I would move the underperformers out a lot faster, and recruit more selectively or the mess of the recent clean up would never have been needed. Better to get underperfomers out sooner so they don't become irate and agitated and hurt the culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run Away!!!

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    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 an year)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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