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Growth Fueling Inconsistency

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX
Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX

I have been working at Bain & Company

Pros

Great compensation
Great way to gain additional post-MBA experience while exploring a variety of industries
Opportunity to work with clients at a very high level

Cons

Lots of inconsistency at smaller offices.

Growth of Atlanta and Dallas offices exceeded the ability to attract candidates at the level of quality of other North American offices, especially at manager level where they've been brought in by lower-caliber firms.

Reality of travel is that once you get away from an office in a city that has a big base of potential clients, you'll be on the road all the time. Staffing has also become national. Can be hard to build mentors within your home office if staffed under managers based elsewhere.

Some consultants work for the same client for case after case.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Partners need to stop creating "make-work" engagments where they start a case that's ill-defined just to retain a client, and then waste months on scope when the team is already staffed up. wastes time, wastes client money, and kills morale.

Promote managers from within the office- stop the outside hiring or do a better job of indoctrinating new managers.

Increase transfers from more-desirable offices or else smaller offices' cultures will never catch up.

Find a way to recruit and retain women in Dallas office. Prevent it from becoming a boys' club.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work coming out of college and learn about the "real world".

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Pros

    Great place in terms of work/life balance. Managers are very fair about lettign employees use thier vacation time and are understanding when unexpected scenarios present themselves. The company is very unique in the culture and the various activties they offer throughout the year to reward employees. When they want to do something they do go all in. There is no holding back or cutting corners.

    Cons

    Working in the administrative side of the business, chance for job growth and promotions are limited. A lot of the upper level managers have been here for a long time and are not going anywhere. There is very little chance to move up. There are no mid-level managerial positions and your career path can be very ambiguous at times. Hiring practices for open positions can be a lengthy process as the company looks to hire Senior level people at Junior level pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although a lot is done to breakdown the barrier between the Administrative and Consulting sides of the company, it is still there and being an Administrative employee can feel like a 2nd class citizen at times. Company has come a long way, but there is still a lot more that can be done. Understanding the revenue generation comes from the Consulting side and that is the company's driving force, more recognition of the Administrative/Support Services would be nice.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incredible support, great people, lots of smiles

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Pros

    There's an incredible amount of attention given to professional development, level of satisfaction with your work, your own personal and professional goals, and so on. But there's also a huge emphasis on company and office culture - the partners work hard to make this a place you *want* to be, because you actually enjoy it.

    Cons

    The hours can be daunting, and some of the actual day-to-day work (read: the work of consultants) is not hugely inspiring. Running surveys and mining data for insights is exciting for some people.. but not all people. Also, while the culture is fantastic in some offices, it is still in development stages in others - especially the newer ones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Experience sharing across offices to make Bain a *universally* enjoyable environment

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