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  1. "Best firm with the best culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bain has an incredibly cohesive culture, oriented towards people development and client impact. Excellent people, who are exceptionally talented. There are plenty of social events to help build strong bonds within the firm and in the offices. Talent management is taken very seriously, with one of the most comprehensive and rigorous programs at every level of development and seniority.

    Cons

    Need to learn the lingo (lots of acronyms), but not too daunting.


  2. "Exhilerating growth"

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

    Pros

    Personal impact on real companies doing important work, with lots of formal and informal support

    Cons

    Client work is spikey in terms of hours and stress (common to consulting industry)

  3. "Fantastic place to build the general manager skillset and drive meaningful change for your clients"

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

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

    Pros

    quality of your coworkers; work on some of the toughest business problems

    Cons

    Consulting is a demanding lifestyle (not unique to Bain)


  4. "Interesting work with great people who are fun and provide great professional development coaching."

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

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

    Pros

    The best part about working at Bain is the people. The people make the fantastic culture, provide wonderful professional development and coaching opportunities, and make the job fun. The people are incredibly smart, contributing to a stimulating and challenging work environment. Additionally, Bain's clients include the top companies in most industries, so there is always an opportunity to work on very interesting, challenging and important business issues. Finally, given the project nature of the work, there is tons of variety, providing a new and interesting business problem to work on every 3-6 months.

    Cons

    The negatives of the job include travel and long hours. Many clients are not based near the office and require some regular travel. This can get tiring week-in and week-out. The hours can also get long, depending on the project (65+/week). However, neither of these two factors is necessarily the case. There are plenty of locally-based or light travel options, and while some weeks have long hours, they are balanced by shorter weeks or down-time in between projects. Finally, given the size of the company, advancement is very structructured without much room for flexibility to accelerate or decelerate based on individual needs and abilities. For those who like stability and structure, this could be a positive thing.


  5. "Best management consulting has to offer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Principal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Phenomenal opportunities for professional growth and career development. The partners I work with are truly invested in me and my success. Ability to work on the most challenging problems that executives are facing - and to develop practical solutions that have significant impact. Firm invests in people for the long-term.

    Cons

    This is a top tier professional services firm, so you need to understand that client needs are top priority and this is not a 9-5 job. Within management consulting, I think Bain does as good a job (if not better) than most at helping manage work/life balance, but ultimately it's up to the individual employee to be assertive.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure we continue to invest in support services as we grow.


  6. "Outstanding platform for launching a career in anything"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Smart, passionate people
    -Fascinating case work
    -Everyone is really nice and friendly
    -The market will treat you incredibly well after 1-2 years at Bain

    Cons

    -Not a ton of upside for top-performers at junior levels

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  7. "Amazing experience - real results, great learning"

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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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to really make a difference. You get significant responsibility to help tackle your clients most challenging problems. Bain has a very supportive environment where your team, your supervisors and your mentors all care about developing you and helping you build your skills and your career. Also, it is a genuinely fun place to work - at the end of the day, it's the people that make the difference

    Cons

    The travel can get old at times, but Bain works hard to ensure the overall lifestyle can be sustainable

  8. "Amazing colleagues; focus on being the best place to work in consulting"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong focus on people & culture, including fostering office & class communities, a best-in-class training program, and firm-wide events such as Bain World Cup. Fantastic colleagues. Highly engaging work on interesting problems across a range of industries and topics. Efforts to make the job as sustainable as possible.

    Cons

    The unavoidable downsides of consulting: travel (though less frequent / less far than at many competing firms) and unpredictable / highly variable hours. Some comp/benefits/perks not as good as at competitors.


  9. "Bain - A challenging, fast paced, collaborative, and rewarding place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Work with the smartest people you will ever meet, solve companies hardest problems, have a real and immediate impact on your clients

    Cons

    There is no doubt - consulting is demanding and Bain is no exception. You will work very hard and push yourself.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Bain will launch your career!"

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

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

    Pros

    Bain is a great place to start your career. They have great pay & benefits, flexible hours, a lot of training opportunities, and mentorship programs. The work hard, play hard atmosphere that is really fun and educational.

    Cons

    There isn't anything negative I can say about my experience at Bain.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!