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Updated November 23, 2017
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  1. Helpful (451)

    "Welcome to Bain"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Welcome to Bain. I'm going to give you a problem that neither the CEO nor his entire management team could solve. And I'm probably going to give you lots of different opinions and imperfect data sources. And then I'll ask you to focus in on where the most value is and convince all those people with different opinions that you're right. But don't worry, I'm also going to give you a Bain team. Those associates and consultants are going to be tenacious in coming up with creative approaches. Those managers and partners are going to knock down barriers for you, connect you where you need to be connected, guide, support, direct and re-direct you. The office support staff is going to fix your computer after you spilled coffee on it for the third time, find you the unfindable data source, and smile and hand you a baked good after you ask for help re-doing dozens of slides. You are empowered and accountable but you are not alone. And the best part is you can't fail. Because after all, what all those people are reinforcing is that a Bainie never lets another Bainie fail.

    Cons

    Here's how you know you've made it at Bain. The reward for doing a good job is getting a bigger, tougher problem next time. Meaning, you are always solving the easiest problem you will ever solve again. This takes a lot of resilience and active managing of self-expectations to remember that you are not actually getting worse, the problems are just getting harder. So my advice is to remember that. And then take a second to realize that it would be a lot less fun if the reverse were true. And isn't that precisely why you wanted this job in the first place anyway? It sure was for me.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to find and promote the leadership that lives our operating principles.

    Bain & Company Response

    Sep 27, 2016 – Director, Global Consultant Talent Management

    You have captured the essence of what it means to work here! Thanks for sharing your experience.


  2. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    Great people and lots of learning

    Cons

    Can be long hours depending upon project

  3. "Truly The Best Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Manager Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    While interviewing at Bain and researching the company I was highly skeptical about the raving reviews. I am happy to report that after working here for ~3 months, I LOVE BAIN - the company values are practiced and seen everyday; the environment is fun, supportive, and interesting; and the people are intelligent, caring, and, for the most part, all wonderful to be around. I hope to be at Bain for many years to come and can't imagine a better work place.

    Cons

    If I had to criticize something, I would say there are a few CSS members who do not necessarily embrace the Bain motto - "A Bainie Never Let's a Bainie Fail". There are only a handful and it really does not influence the overall culture so don't let a few bad seeds steer you away from a truly amazing company!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and continued dedication to grow the people, brand, and firm!


  4. "Bainie for life"

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    Current Employee - Partner in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Partner in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Client Impact, learning, great people and culture

    Cons

    Service industry can create unpredictable hours

    Advice to Management

    Keep Innovating


  5. Helpful (1)

    "When they say the "people" they actually mean it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    People at Bain & Co are so thoughtful and go out of their way to show that they care and are thinking of you. I've never worked for a company where they always talk about the "people" in the interviews and I actually get to see the great "people" come to life. It truly is a great place to work and is always challenging me to learn something new.

    Cons

    None immediately come to mind.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring people that care about the culture! So important to keep the culture alive.


  6. "It's Great, Except When It Isn't"

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Typical top-tier consulting benefits abound - Smart people, impactful problems, variety of industries, expert resources, etc...

    Cons

    The occasional subpar manager / case experience is enough to effectively taint your time at the firm. Staffing can have an outsized impact on your destiny.

    Advice to Management

    There's a fairly thick line between an 'apprenticeship' model and a 'sink or swim' model. Rewarding leadership that view that difference as negligible is both demotivating and hypocritical.


  7. "AC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    Great people and culture. Chance to solve critical business problems

    Cons

    Proliferation of unnecessary client meetings

  8. "Awesome place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Bain people are some of the best to work with

    Cons

    Really don't see any negatives of working here

    Advice to Management

    Do everything the same


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Best place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment for professional development, industry and high-caliber client exposure, incredibly supportive culture.
    People who care about their client and their team members. People who work hard but care about their peers' experience. People to work long hours with.

    Cons

    Tough life style, long hours during the week, intense job.


  10. "Great company to work for with great people"

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    Supportive work culture with people who invest in each other

    Cons

    Unpredictable hours and types of work on a given project


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