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Bain & Company Reviews

Updated April 17, 2017
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  • work-life balance was very demanding (in 242 reviews)

  • Often long hours to work on trivial things (in 260 reviews)

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  1. "Political"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training and some supportive peers

    Cons

    Extremely political when it comes to promotion. If your supervisor doesn't like you, you are fired

    Advice to Management

    be more transparent about the promotion cycle


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Hard time retaining CSS people. High turn over"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    Nice clients and business is doing well.

    Cons

    Extreme turn over in my time at Bain. I was considered the role model on my team yet never compensated or appreciated, just given more work. Limited growth in CSS, you will hit a glass ceiling. Constant big brother feeling, Hr will make you feel like you are incompentent of being independent and responsible for your work. No flexibility to work from home, every step in and out of the office is logged and critiqued. Difficult for working CSS moms. The company's core values seem stuffy and old school. HR team is immature and hard to communicate with. Bonus/Benefits for CSS staff are horrendous and barely compettive. Review process is tedious and ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved in HR's hiring process. They need the training and tools in order to hire more effectively. High turnover should be a red flag.


  3. Helpful (7)

    ""This opportunity/company is way over-hyped -- a lot of fuss for very meaningless work.""

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Ability to get an interview almost anywhere after

    Cons

    - Long hours/always on call for very trivial tasks -- very inefficient work environment
    - Low client interaction at Associate Consultant level
    - Work for a new MBA instead of a more experienced manager or partner
    - I've seen so many people cry at work in < 2 years here and within a year almost everyone wants to quit
    - Cultish environment - the people here are followers not leaders at all
    - People at top (partners) are essentially sales people so a very "salesy" organization

    Advice to Management

    There is a reason this is the #3 consulting firm -- stop having new MBAs from less than top-tier schools manage talented undergrads from top-tier schools. I wish I had interviewed with BCG and McKinsey as they seem to know how to better nurture top talent.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "great to work out of undergrad but upside is limited"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good people, effort to maintain work life balance, social events outside of the office, steep learning curve, smart peers, opportunity to explore different industries

    Cons

    poor work life balance, sometime low impact work for a consultant, too much emphasis on fun, consulting staff is very young (compared to McK, BCG), client question the level of maturity, partner staff is seldom weak with expertise

    Advice to Management

    focus more on work life balance, consider strengthening middle management rather than recruiting tons of college grads


  6. "Only work here if you're willing for it to take over your life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people in your class
    Investment in social comraderie/community

    Cons

    Very political - if people don't like you they will try to destroy your reputation and career at Bain - and they have the power to do so
    No real work life balance
    No culture of real push back - people succeed by being the "yes-man"


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Super Political"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    1. Steep Learning Curve
    2. Fun
    3. People - Humble & Smart
    4. Work life balance is better for the Support Services than Consulting

    Cons

    1. Extremely Political - have to be in the good books of some key people to go up the ladder
    2. Employees have been promised something and delivered something else.
    3. Honest feedback is not given
    4. People centric culture is dying
    5. Very low compensation for Support Services
    6. Very slow growth for Support Services esp when compared to Consulting

    Advice to Management

    Try to retain people who work hard for you and the company.


  8. "The worst of Bain, globally"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global Training Programs
    Bain brand name

    Cons

    The work, the people, and the culture at Bain Dubai are very different from Bain in the US or Europe, and that is not a good thing:

    -longer cases (>6 months are no exception)
    -many experienced hires in mid-management that only come for the money & have 0 commitment to Bain values. Same thing for partners. Serious issues with the quality of people. Various people are known as slave drivers. Everyone knows, no one says anything. Strong yay sayer culture where no one dares to contradict the most senior people. And don't be fooled by the impression you are given in interviews. No one will remember you when you turn up on your first day. Make sure you speak to current employees to get the real view
    -culture is more like m&a banking on wallstreet than what Bain is like in the US. Very long hours, frequent weekend work is a given, no one cares about either. They say that will change, but 0 changes have happened. Employee satisfaction at consultant level and below is extremely low

    Advice to Management

    Deliver on various promises to improve work-life balance etc.


  9. "not so bad"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Milan (Italy)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Milan (Italy)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    challenging enviroment with smart people

    Cons

    no meritocracy based on performances


  10. "Associate Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    very nice work environment. friendly people

    Cons

    too much preuusre and working hours. no personal life


  11. "Typical consulting firm"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in New Delhi (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good brand name which can help the career and in finding good opportunities
    Great people - most smart and highly motivated

    Cons

    Rigid structure - need to follow the development plan and career path laid out by the firm.
    Also the skills required at all levels are different, so someone who is a great analyst will not make a good manager!

    Advice to Management

    Need to think of realigning criteria and career path to today's realities. Also need to create specialized roles for people who are good at something (say excel analysis, project management)



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