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Bain & Company Associate Consultant Reviews

Updated July 31, 2017
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  1. "Amazing people, great opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, incredibly smart, results oriented

    Cons

    Long hours, some bosses are perfectionists


  2. "good place to start career - hard lifestyle"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    learn a lot. Very good training. People are very nice.

    Cons

    However, hours are pretty long, unpredictable, and it's hard to have control over your schedule. Also, reputation matters very much so your performance over first 6-months is very important

  3. "Incredibly smart and supportive people, focus on professional development, a lot of fun"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Ton of professional development. It's structured into your day to day experience, and "PD chats" are the norm. From regular professional development chats with your team to a mentor who is your PD champion through your time at Bain to previous teams who you can reach out to, you always have resources to develop and grow and feel supported and empowered to do so. I feel like I've grown so much since starting to work here, and compared to my friends, I feel like I'm way ahead in terms of skills, professionalism and approach towards work
    - Awesome fun people to work with, all of whom are really on top of it, smart, motivated and go getters. No slackers here and I really enjoy spending time with people in and outside of work
    - People are so supportive and helpful across the board that coming across people who aren't actively helpful is an anomaly - I sometimes have to remind myself that this is the norm rather than the exception
    - Lots of company sponsored social events, from Bain World Cup to Friday happy hours in the office to summer off sites

    Cons

    - Definitely still hierarchical and a lot of company politics floating around, especially regarding staffing. Bigger cases can pick who they want on their team, and managers talk amongst themselves about who they want on their team.
    - Lifestyle can be tough, especially on travel cases. 12+ hours are the norm, though some teams are better than others about keeping team sustainability top of mind
    - Getting staffed on bad cases can be a nightmare and not always up to you to decide how you're staffed


  4. "Great workplace, demanding hours"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Honestly, the people are unbelievable and there's a lot of attention to professional development. You get to work on really complex, large problems.

    Cons

    Due to client whims, a lot of good work can be discarded because of a change in direction, which is somewhat disheartening. Hours can be rough depending on case.


  5. "Amazing place to start your career"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible people, culture, learning opportunities. Remarkably safe place to grow and develop

    Cons

    Can be hierarchial at times, incredibly unpredictable due to client services nature of business


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Terrific place to learn right out of undergrad; culture and day-to-day can be tough to deal with"

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    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Fantastic, systematized and structured culture of feedback, so you always know where you stand on areas of development and are encouraged to create plans to become better
    - Apprenticeship model allows you to learn on the job, so all backgrounds can do well at Bain if you try hard enough
    -Senior leadership on teams are wonderful people who seem to care about the most junior people, so you never *feel* junior in the presence of partners, firm heads, etc. Most care a lot about sustainability, and that helps create a culture of valuing people's free time outside of work and not working people to the bone with ridiculous hours (however, that doesn't mean that if the case is demanding, you won't be staying up until 2 or 3AM, but unnecessary hours for low-priority tasks/facetime is not a concept at Bain)
    -You learn so much as an AC and get a terrific introduction into the business world. If you're not a quantitative person, this is especially great, because you will get great training in working with data, thinking in numbers, and being detailed oriented.
    -Amazing network and exit opportunities

    Cons

    - Life while you're working at Bain sucks, so you're working towards what you can take away from your time there. Cliquey culture makes it tough to achieve work-life balance and feel valued if you're not part of the "in crowd". Across Bain offices, there's an emphasis on social events and spending a lot of time with your class, and for those who don't have a lot of friends in a new city/don't like their roommates, it's great. But when you only have 2 free days a week to catch up with friends/roommates/do non-work related fun things, you don't always want to spend it with people who remind you of work. Doing your own thing has a social cost of that which bleeds into work life (i.e. visibility leading to leadership positions in extra 10 activities) and that problem is entirely artificial because people create it for themselves.
    - As an AC, the job is really no different than what you'd be doing as a first-year analyst in finance, except that you are paid less and there are some clear professional development/culture benefits. The job you're sold at recruiting (we help companies make really important decisions and you as an AC get to be a big part of that!) and the day-to-day experience are very different. As the most junior person on a team, 90% of your job (and the top priority) will be crunching data, making sure your numbers are right, putting those numbers on a slide and making the slide look good. If you are thinking about transitioning into management consulting from finance because you think the job will be different, it's not.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Incredible place to learn"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people above all! Learning opportunities - good cases, really creating impact for client, can staff according to professional growth needs - leadership opps are unbelievable; and develop good work ethic and endurance

    Cons

    Hours vary from project to project and can be rather tough at times.
    Sometimes can't always staff ideally, but there's always something positive to find in a project.

    Advice to Management

    Always make sure all levels of the team feel heard and appreciated!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Best place to start your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - World-class training
    - Mentorship is deeply ingrained
    - Everyday going to work is fun because of the people
    - Opens up many new career paths
    - Great transition into the world of business for someone with an engineering degree

    Cons

    - Consulting lifestyle can be draining after a while

    Advice to Management

    - Keep focused on the culture
    - Continue developing and accelerate use of new tools and big data analytics


  9. "Associate Consultant Intern - Best Summer I could have asked for."

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    Current Intern - Associate Consultant Intern in Houston, TX
    Current Intern - Associate Consultant Intern in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to meet and engage with senior leadership, got to work on really high-impact pieces of the case. Travel from day 1, treated like a permanent member. Got to meet with clients even as an intern.
    Beyond the work itself, i was shocked at how much I loved the culture. Bainies are incredibly helpful, humble and fun. Every weekend as an ACI has fun activities, and they allow you to bring SO for most of them. Awesome, awesome company

    Cons

    Nothing. I had a phenomenal summer. Work hours are long in consulting, but as an ACI they protect you quite a bit and would regularly tell me to leave earlier than everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    I really liked when my partner or manager would ask if they could take me out to lunch. I should have been more proactive in asking of my own volition, but those two lunches were crucial 1 on 1, casual interactions that completely affected my entire summer. I loved it.


  10. "Great company, lots of career trajectory"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really smart people, fulfilling work, will always be doing something interesting

    Cons

    Not a lot, sometimes the work can get overwhelming at times