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  1. "Awesome experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Intense focus on professional development, for both a future in and outside of Bain
    -Amazing friendly and social atmosphere/culture
    -Opportunity to work on the most challenging questions and most leveraged issues companies face
    -Office transfer and externship program make it easy to explore other opportunities geographically or in other industries
    -Focus on sustainable work/life balance (doesn't always work out, but the effort and processes in place clearly show that it's a priority)
    -Accessibility of partner group
    -Travel limited to situations/cases where it's useful (not every case requires travel)
    -Generalist approach allows for diversity of experiences, but still opportunities to specialize

    Cons

    Not your normal 9-5 job - can be intense at times
    Like other consulting firms, relatively high turnover compared to industry
    Some of the bigger offices have reached size where it's difficult to know everyone in the office

    Advice to Management

    Continue focusing on culture


  2. "Great people, pay, and work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High compensation
    Fun and very smart people
    Incredibly supportive

    Cons

    Long hours can be tiring


  3. "They care about you here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I am always amazed how flexible Bain management will be to accomodate personal needs. Time off, or reducing travel or different staffing. It feels like they really care about me as a person.

    Cons

    We are on the road a lot...this is a hard job.

    Advice to Management

    We do a good job with providing externships, but I think we coule even offer more externships...not just for SACs, but for all levels.


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  5. "Bain has been full of learning and professional development - there's no place else I would have rather started out."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Professional development opportunities
    -Individual impact to case teams, clients, and firm
    -Fun colleagues to work with
    -Heavy focus on mentoring
    -Frequent office-bonding events

    Cons

    -Though managers usually try to mitigate it, the hours can sometimes be long and unpredictable
    -If you don't like to travel, the job can be rough (even though we travel probably less than other consulting firms)

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. "Exceeded my expectations across the board for a post-MBA roll"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is an incredible place - I've been stretched so much and yet so strongly supported, it's been both a hell of a learning experience and a hell of a lot of fun. The laser-focus on resluts is invigorating and effective and it's inspiring to see the impact we can make at clients. My biggest concern choosing Bain over a competitor was that the companies might be less 'premier' but my first few projects have all involved co-creating strategy at the C-level of Fortune 100 companies. Now I'm actually hoping to getting experience at a smaller/privately held company. I can't recommend this place highly enough, as an empoyer or business partner.

    Cons

    You will work hard, and long. If you're not someone who can get passionate about transforming a client's business, it would be hard to sustain the enrgy level necessary to succeed here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work if you are passionate about solving business problems"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    *Work on really interesting and important problems
    *Lots of formal and informal training that help you get valuable skills for the future
    *Wonderful group of people who are fun to spend time with

    Cons

    *Hours can be long sometimes
    *Most travel cases are two nights a week, which is managable, but a minority are three nights a week which can be tough
    *Work can be stressful. It's important that you actually care about solving the problem and helping the clients. If you do, then that helps make it through difficult situations. If you don't really care, then this isn't the right job for you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to give excellent coaching and make yourselves available to the teams. Always manage the clients' expectations to avoid scoop creep. (Most partners are good at this).


  8. "Great Coworkers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    work hard/play hard
    great co-workers
    good benefits

    Cons

    poor management of administrative staff


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Fast paced and full of positive energy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Help Desk Technician in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Help Desk Technician in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has a moto of "Work Hard Play Hard" and they stand behind it. There are high expectations of employee performance and the rewards for hard work are regular. The company fosters an environment where employees from all departments and level socialize and share their views related to the business. Bain also has a commitment to improving a range of business and career skills for all employees. Employees are provided with all of the tools they need to perform their job, there are almost no questions asked about requests, this fosters a feeling of trust and respect between the employee and the company.

    Cons

    The only con that comes to mind is the lower salary for my position in the industry. The work load and complexity of the work load is much greater then others in the same position yet out pay is lower. Then again Bain seems to attempt to offset the lower pay with more paid socializing events.

    Advice to Management

    Set a goal to encourage and foster mentorship for the young employees within the company. Giving the young employees a chance to learn from the older and experienced employees will open opportunities for the younger employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Intense, but continue to learn a lot"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Client engagements are overall very interesting and focused on the most important issues
    Culture is top rate
    People care about your development

    Cons

    Travel can be draining. Seems to be increasing
    Can't ever be 100% sure that your personal plans will stick
    Premium product offered to clients means there's never room to relax

    Advice to Management

    Keep being selective about client engagements. Growth at the expense of good people isn't worth it. Thanks for the support!


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Decent company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people and my direct team are great to work with. Overall, it's a fun company to work for. The company perks and benefits are great (e.g., free coffee, cereal and fruit, monthly socials and gatherings to keep employees happy).

    Cons

    Unfairness in promotion. Bain often creates job titles/positions that aren't applicable in the outside work world. There is a huge disconnect between the administrative and consulting staff in terms of treatment and pay. Senior management tend to promote within if the candidate comes from a 'consulting' background, despite the person's hands on experience and knowledge in the industry. Senior management often values a consultant's perspective/insight more so than that of an admin employee with extensive knowledge and background in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Value your hard working employees and their expertise. Consultants aren't the only ones with expertise to offer to Bain. Bain should be able to do things more in-house versus having projects outsourced (to India or companies with certain expertise).