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Updated August 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (403)

    "Welcome to Bain"

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    • 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 company"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant 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 experience, you will definitely learn tons.

    Cons

    Very competitive, difficult to break to the upper management (as it should be)

  3. "Consultant"

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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

    Amazing culture... amazing people.. amazing workplace

    Cons

    Intense... like any big Mgt. consulting house


  4. "Awesome place to work - challenging problems, great co-workers"

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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

    Co-workers are amazing. The person you report to, the person who reports to you, and/or the people on your case team are all fantastic.

    You're working on very challenging business issues that change from month-to-month.

    Cons

    Hours / travel can disrupt "normal life".


  5. "Incredible company to work for. Period."

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    Current Employee - Manager Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The sense of community and sense of working together to achieve a shared goal is second to none. Everyone has your back, everyone is there to help. They don't only foster your PD, but help you put all the pieces together to help you better understand what you need to feel you are thriving and happy in your work.
    Could not think of a better place to begin my career.

    Their commitment to diversity and inclusion is deep and they are on the cutting edge for inclusive benefits and policies.

    Cons

    I honestly cannot think of a solid con.


  6. "Incredible place to learn and solve incredibly challenging problems"

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    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

    Incredible culture of professional development and constant learning. Challenging problems, talented teams, and a culture where work-life balance is as important as the result.

    Cons

    As with any management consulting, limited control of case/client/team can make for a variable experience.


  7. "Amazing people, great opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, incredibly smart, results oriented

    Cons

    Long hours, some bosses are perfectionists

  8. "Part Time Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Bain & Company part-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities to build up the basic concept of strategy consulting.
    Nice staff and good teamwork.
    Chances to have a general knowledge of target markets.

    Cons

    No Cons.
    But a little bit of heavy work.


  9. "Associate Consultant Intern"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company as an intern

    Pros

    Bain strives to give you the best opportunity to grow, and continues to emphasize professional development in ways that few other companies do.

    Cons

    The biggest qualm would have to be sustainability. At times it is a difficult lifestyle, between long hours and potential travel, but it's worth it for the experience.

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize more that sustainability is important. I've seen managers leave at 6:30 while the team is working until midnight.


  10. "Transformational career opportunity"

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

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

    Pros

    Truly one of the best places to work and certainly to start your career. I joined out of undergrad and felt like I received all that it was built up to be in my experience. Excellent career options to stay at company or pursue other interests. Incredible people.

    Cons

    Few cons - similar to all types of consulting, there are certain cases that are less desirable than others.


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