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Updated May 25, 2017
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  • work-life balance was very demanding (in 243 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (377)

    "Welcome to Bain"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Principal in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome place to work

    Cons

    Clients can be challenging sometimes

    Advice to Management

    keep up the great work


  3. "Marketing"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and smart people in company.

    Cons

    Poor communication and management in department. Low morale.


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  5. "Great place to start a career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training for a variety of functional areas, smart people, and amazing culture

    Cons

    Long hours, high likelihood of travel, up or out for consulting roles


  6. "Amazing place to start your career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. Helpful (7)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "Incredible place to learn, best company to work for and people who become life-long friends"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working 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 opportunities 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Incredible place to learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "start your career here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great, smart people
    challenging projects
    strong, supportive culture
    best place to start your career

    Cons

    Not really any cons if you know what consulting is


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Best place to start your career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


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