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Updated April 19, 2018
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Hard work, but big rewards"

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    Bain has a strong meritocratic culture. People are encouraged to spread their wings and pursue their ideas. The pay and benefits are fantastic. And people are generally very nice. It's a collegial atmosphere.

    Cons

    The hours can be long. The more good ideas you come up with, the more you work.


  2. Helpful (488)

    "Welcome to Bain"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
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    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

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

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    Management, Team work, Interesting projects, Exposure, Training, Culture, Values

    Cons

    Too much travel
    Work life balance


  4. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people at this company!

    Cons

    No cons that were super glaring


  5. "Great place to work"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Amazing People
    - Very positive culture
    - Lot's of variety in terms of what you work on

    Cons

    - Can be slow to change
    - Challenging to find work/life balance


  6. "Excellent culture"

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    People are just outstanding. Great development opportunities

    Cons

    Definitely longer hours than industry


  7. "Great company and comp but not for the faint of heart"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and salary. You can learn a lot and have access to get company perks and highly important projects.

    Cons

    Very demanding job. Can be very stressful. Very steep learning curve that can be difficult to climb. Up or out model.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start a career"

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

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

    Pros

    Exceptionally smart coworkers, (mostly) interesting problems, exposure and input on board-level decisions

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be awful, sometimes for long stretches of time...difficult for many with families to make it work.


  9. "Fine company out of college"

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

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    Great out of college program

    Cons

    Not fulfilling - feed you 'kool aid' that isn't very useful outside of the context of Bain

    Advice to Management

    Listen more, let go of your ego a bit


  10. Helpful (5)

    "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bain & Co is a Global firm which has a great culture and offers many challenges. As a member of the support staff I have found the culture to be very family friendly.

    Cons

    The support staff is very 'lean' so work load can sometimes be a bit overwhelming


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