Bain & Company Reviews

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  • "Great people to hang out with outside of work too(in 238 reviews)

  • "Huge focus on people and professional development(in 216 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Client services so your time is at times dictated by clients(in 62 reviews)

  • "Hours and travel can be tough at times(in 60 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Best company to start your career with

      May 3, 2021 - Manager in Atlanta, GA
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      Pros

      Fantastic culture and tremendous place to work for if you want to grow your skills

      Cons

      The working hours can sometimes be intense

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Welcome to Bain

      Oct 5, 2015 - Manager in Chicago, IL
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      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.

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      Director, Global Consultant Talent Management

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

    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good place to start your career

      Apr 26, 2021 - Senior Associate Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
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      Pros

      Strong professional development, global network, high exposure to C-suite level strategy work

      Cons

      Bad work life balance, sometimes unfulfilling, client services can be very bureaucratic

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to develop skills and a great brand to launch a career

      Apr 28, 2021 - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
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      Pros

      Amazing people, challenging work, great culture, great comp and lots of opportunity to grow

      Cons

      little control over the types of projects; aesthetics of work product are judged as much as the content

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Amazing place to work

      Apr 24, 2021 - Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
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      Pros

      The people are by far the best. It’s a firm that truly cares about its employees during a difficult WFH and COVID driven year. Culture is awesome. Weekends are free. Amazing place to start your career and develop.

      Cons

      Demanding (can consistently work >60-70+ hours)

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Truly the best of the best

      Apr 29, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great culture, great people, provides opportunities to reach your full potential

      Cons

      As like in any other consulting firm work-life balance can be tough

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      A fantastic place to work

      Feb 3, 2021 - Consultant in Boston, MA
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      Pros

      * Company (and office) culture - this is an organization that lives its values - and where everyone believes in them. People are always willing to go out of the way to help each other, and leadership teams really are invested in helping teams be as effective as possible * Mentorship - There is no supervisor (no matter how senior) who is not open to having a chat in a two-week window. Partners are willing to chat about career choices, share industry expertise, or offer life advice, and most of them really have an open-door policy. * Breadth of experience - In 2 years, I have been exposed to cases in more than 6 industries - a great place to learn about a variety of industries and functions * Benefits - Bain really tries to provide the best suite of benefits to its employees and their families (healthcare, parental leave, etc.)

      Cons

      * Work-life balance - even with the shift to WFH, 65+ hour weeks are not uncommon. There is a lot of variability in that weekly schedule as well

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Apr 23, 2021 - Associate Partner 
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      Pros

      Challenging but very interesting work. Broad opportunity across industries but also opportunity to specialize as you grow in tenure

      Cons

      While the firm is working hard on improving work-life balance, the hours remain long

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    9. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Place To Start A Career

      Apr 24, 2021 - Associate Consultant in Houston, TX
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      Pros

      Amazing culture Better work life balance than expected Smart people

      Cons

      Incumbent clients that often are not innovative

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great

      Apr 27, 2021 - Manager Assistant in Boston, MA
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      Pros

      Amazing community and leadership with benefits

      Cons

      You will never want to leave

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