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  • Bain AAG has Amazing work life balance (in 64 reviews)

  • Incredibly steep learning curve (in 52 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance can be challenging (in 247 reviews)

  • Be prepared for long hours on some cases (in 272 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great variety of experience while developing a highly transferrable skill set; the coaching and mentoring you will get is fantastic, you are given the tools you need to grow and continue learning; competitive compensation; international transfer opportunities can be life-changing; great exit options; and most of all the people are amazing (extremely talented yet humble); Chicago office is one of the best in the global system

    Cons

    The travel eventually takes its toll (though Bain does what it can to manage this and all the miles/points you’ll accumulate are a perk); your work-life balance and overall satisfaction for any 3-6 month period is highly project dependent (the rare poorly matched team or occasionally ornery client can make life difficult)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in professional development of employees and never stray from the wonderful Bain culture


  2. "Great people & better management"

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

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

    Pros

    -Management puts a lot of thought into structures and decisions that truly differentiate this place.
    -People here are not just satisfied, they are enthusiastic. That brings energy into the work.
    -The work is awesome!

    Cons

    Though Bain does a great job of making it easier, consulting is a hard job


  3. "Excellent place to start your career"

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    • 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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work with incredible people while developing invaluable analytical skills & understanding of business, Very entrepreneurial and gives you opportunities to contribute to the office in ways you like through "Extra 10s". Lots of formal and informal mentorship as well for learning.

    Cons

    Very steep learning curve, hours more unpredictable (as with all consulting jobs)

    Advice to Management

    During AC1 year, when new grads are just making that transition from 16+ years of school to working full-time, be sure to invest a lot of time in support. It seems that the first year is the most likely time for ACs to feel very dissatisfied with work depending on what kind of case(s) they are put on.


  4. "Associate Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity to work at the highest levels at a variety of global companies.

    Cons

    Frat boy culture sometimes is difficult to crack.


  5. "Great company to launch a career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Diversity of projects creates many learning opportunities
    - Great on the job training and both hard & soft skill building
    - Strong culture focused on performance
    - Smart, driven colleagues

    Cons

    - Projects aren't always interesting
    - Project lengths are increasing, meaning there are fewer opportunites to see more industries & functions
    - Client service means life is unpredictable


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company, Great People!"

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

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

    Pros

    Bain is an incredible place to work. Like all EA’s, we want to work for a great company. More importantly (at least for me), is the Executive(s) we support within the company, that makes coming into work every day fun! The Bain Atlanta office Executives are amazing (great personalities, fun, considerate and tough). We give our best to Bain and get the best in the return, employees DO NOT take advantage of Bain’s kindness (this is amazing). Bain’s catch-phrase is absolutely true "A Bainee never lets another Bainee down".

    Cons

    As an EA, I think teaming structure (coverage team) is the toughest part of the job. You MUST invest in your team and get to know each other well. If your team does not sync, it can make coming into work stressful and significantly less-fun!

    Advice to Management

    Advice from an EA, about your EAs - while Bain is good to the EA group (admin staff), I think it would be nice if we were given additional perks for exceptional commitment, loyalty, and a great job done, i.e. larger annual bonus, spot bonus program, work from home opportunities, when needed, VP approval only).


  7. "Great company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training, smart peers, generous benefits

    Cons

    Long hours, unpredictable schedule, tiring travel


  8. "The best job to have straight out of college"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Outstanding professional development of all employees
    - Intellectually challenging, fascinating work
    - Great people to work with

    Cons

    - Longer hours
    - Some demanding travel


  9. "Great professional development and fun people"

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

    Young, vibrant office culture.
    Great training programs and interesting work.
    Excellent transition support and opportunities post-Bain

    Cons

    Generalist culture until you are very senior in the organization
    No longer lighter travel than other firms
    Staffing process can be a bit challenging at times

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to specialize earlier


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Work Hard, Play Hard, but doesn't show CSS same respect as other staff levels"

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great

    Cons

    Lack of CSS respect from upper management and pay

    Advice to Management

    Show CSS staff the same respect as you do Consultant