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  1. "Incredible Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Summer Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - Summer Associate Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Bain & Company as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people and culture, the opportunities to contribute even as an intern, and the exposure to a wide variety of industries. You develop skills that are applicable to many fields. Moreover, as an intern, they organize fun social activities so you really not only get a feel for the office and culture, but also get to know everyone well. Personal development is big - so they're really trying to help you build your repertoire of skills and expertise.

    Cons

    Work can sometimes be a bit tedious, but nothing you shouldn't expect as a first-year anywhere!


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Drive real changes to solve big problems, while learning a ton and having a clear career path"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Interesting, impactful work: There is rarely a boring day, much less a boring project. The problems we're solving are usually what's written in the WSJ about our client - big, complicated challenges, often challenges that are leading issues for that entire industry. And my clients regularly tell me (over many years now) that they would have missed huge opportunities or never driven the required changes successfully without our help.

    - Continuous learning curve: The people above you really want you to be successful and offer a ton of valuable coaching and feedback. You are constantly improving yourself. And those skills will be valuable no matter where you go - you get really good, for example, at separating what matters from what does not, or at making difficult changes happen in complex organizations.

    - Great people: You have incredibly smart and interesting collegues. Yet they're also collaborative, supportive, and relatively down to earth for folks with fancy degrees.

    - Smoothly-functioning meritocracy: There's so much less office politics and similar nonsense that you experience at so many companies, even well-regarded ones. At Bain the people who deserve to get promoted get promoted, you get more responsibility as soon as you're ready, most everyone gets along well with each other, and the pay and benefits are consistent and generally very good.

    Cons

    - Lifestyle can be challenging: First the positive - there is more scope to manage your lifestyle than many people think. Once I've gotten comfortable in a role at a given level in Bain, I've found I can create great results for clients in 50-55 hours a week. However, when you first join or when you are shifting to a role with more responsibility, it's probably more like 70 until you learn how to do it right. And you can never completely avoid the travel, the unpredictable client requests, checking email regularly even when not working, etc. Client service can be a tough business and despite a lot of effort and good intention Bain hasn't cracked that nut yet. If you really enjoy this job, though, you CAN make it work - it's possible if not always easy.

  3. "The ultimate post HBS business school"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Partner in Boston, LA
    Former Employee - Partner in Boston, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Understand how to develop and execute business strategy at the highest level
    Get as close to operating a company at the C Level as an advisor
    Confidence to solve the hardest business problems in the world
    Network of the next generation of business leaders

    Cons

    Not for anyone trying to balance their life
    Travel can be insane
    Starting to be more like McKinsey than the old Bain

    Advice to Management

    Prune the vines...only the strongest should remain
    Continue to take risks and be the innovator
    Always measure results and value period


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart People, lots of incentives, they do a great job to help you have a good work-life balance considering the hours that are worked.

    Cons

    It's not always stimulating in this position. Work comes in waves and more often than not, I'm not really excited about my work.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Incredible learning in a challenging, supportive environment with the best colleagues"

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    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

    Interesting work. Smart people. Change-oriented clients. Collaborative atmosphere. Best colleagues. In general, I have found Bain to be a great place to build my career over the past five years. I look at external opportunities, and haven't found anything to be as remotely compelling as continuing here. And, when I look at the competition - I think that we work with a broad, diverse client set on their most challenging issues, and that we really partner with them to make sure they can implement what we recommend. And, not to be cliche about Bain, but the colleagues and relationships I've built have been phenomenal. I know these people are the ones I'll be in touch with 20 years from now, on a personal and/or professional basis.

    Cons

    Despite working hand-in-hand with our clients to enact change, we aren't actually responsible for making the decision and sometimes that is very hard to accept...especially when they don't end up doing what you think would be best.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Smart, passionate people; probably the best of the big three if you want to do consulting"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Smart, passionate people, who really care about each other and their work
    - Very much a culture of "work hard, play hard", with senior partners just as ready to let loose and have fun as the new associate consultants
    - Culture focuses on helping each other, and succeeding as a team, yet still acts as a meritocracy for rewarding performance; meritocratic comp becomes more pronounced at more senior levels

    Cons

    - Long hours are often part of the game at management consulting firms; anecdotally Bain is the best of the top 3, but the whole industry isn't the place for those looking to work 9-to-5
    - You will live in PowerPoint. Except when you're living in Excel.
    - High pressure, demanding schedule. You may love that, or it may grind you down. Probably both.


  7. "An exceptional place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Work on the world's toughest business problems
    -Variety in work due to case based model - opportunity for depth (industry or capability expertise) or breadth (variety of industries/business problems)
    -Training and development is outstanding (formal and informal training and mentoring/coaching) - a true career accelerator
    -Apprenticeship model - senior leadership invests to make junior folks successful
    -Very international - opportunities to work around the world
    -Fun colleagues

    Cons

    -Travel can be frequent
    -Hours can be long

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Changing the landscape of global business"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Opportunities to work with the CEOs and leadership teams that are redefining the industry
     - Real impact with C-level clients, much earlier in your career than with other firms

    Cons

    - Innovative people rarely sit still for long - Bain folks go and start companies of their own
     - CEOs are demanding - we need to work hard to drive the impact we want

    Advice to Management

    - Maintain the growth company mindset that differentiates you from your competitors, even as you are overtaking them.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic company Im so proud to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The People. Hands down the people. And the type of work and impact we get to have with our clients. I work on some of the most interesting, cutting edge issues in Healthcare today and look forward to heading into work every morning.

    Cons

    We work hard and we must remain very flexible to serve the needs of our clients.


  10. "Great opportunities to build formative career experiences and get the support/mentorship to succeed along the way"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Principal in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work on challenging and interesting problems. Work with senior executives who have the ability to change the course of their business and often shape the overall industry. Great firm culture and interesting/fun colleagues.

    Cons

    Client service business that can have long and sometimes unpredictable hours, as well as the potential for high travel.


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