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Bain & Company Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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  • work life balance can be challenging (in 254 reviews)

  • Sometimes long hours as always in consulting (in 278 reviews)

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  1. "Consultant review"

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot; challenging, good clients

    Cons

    Hard work; long hours, thankless work


  2. "Partner"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great company, excellent career path

    Cons

    have to work hard. Could have better views

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work with extremely bright people"

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

    Pros

    The people here are genuinely passionate about their work, and there is a collective effort to ensure that everyone gets the best out of themselves. It's an environment where you can learn a lot in a short space of time, and within the company there is a feel good factor

    Cons

    Work hours can be unpredictable, sometimes you work to tight deadlines

    Advice to Management

    Carry on making the SA program as realistic a picture as possible of life as a first year Consultant


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Best Culture. Best Consultants. Best Firm."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Culture, culture, culture!
    - Learning opportunities (e.g., Big Data, industries, capabilities, etc.)
    - Client Exposure
    - Name Recognition
    - Mentorship and Coaching
    - Ability to expand interests outside of Bain
    - Post-Bain career opportunities
    - (Mostly) protected weekends

    Personal Anecdote: I was choosing between Bain and BCG and I found that the culture, and client work done at Bain SF the selling point for me. Hands down, this office and this company are unparalleled in their ability to build a cultivating and thriving culture that is fun and inspiring.

    Random note: You can expense things on your personal card versus the corporate card which allows you to keep all the points. This isn't the same across all firms.

    Cons

    - Lifestyle is rough
    - Hours are long
    - Too fratty at times

    Advice to Management

    Keep sustainability top of mind for the company.


  5. "The BEST Place to Work"

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    • 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

    - Opportunity to tackle interesting business problems each day
    - Incredible people to work alongside
    - Top-notch training programs and focus on personal development

    Cons

    - Hours can sometimes be high, but management works proactively to address these cases


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Your colleagues are legitimately smart, and always interested in helping you progress your career. Pay is generous and grows quickly if you do well. Company culture is unparalleled. Work is interesting and focused on most important company problems

    Cons

    Work can be taxing, and the nature of client services often leads to fire drills and stress. As with any consulting firm, sometimes you'll work on specific tasks that are annoying, but it's definitely the minimum

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing. Focus on how to help young parents and families balance the demands of a client-facing role with raising a family.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A great company to work for"

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    • 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

    I've worked at several companies so far in my life, and I have really been amazed by my experience at Bain. We deliver incredible results for our clients bringing our experience and analytical rigor and working with clients hand in hand to determine and address their issues. We have an incredibly supportive and fun culture that helps us grow and become amazing partners to our clients and leaders when we decide to leave.

    Cons

    The cons that I see at Bain & Company are more so industry related than company related. Professional services is tougher than industry, from an hours and travel perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Continue driving our growth while maintaining what makes our organization great: the culture and the results. Continue to push and innovate the toolkit that we can bring to our clients and broadly share that toolkit to the leadership.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Incredible place to work"

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

    Pros

    Unparalleled company culture, exceptional professional development, intellectually stimulating work, and a vast array of exit opportunities available (if desired). Bain teams adopt a genuine "one team" attitude and support each other to deliver top-notch results for clients - while having fun, as well! Bain places extraordinary emphasis on professional development - I feel as though I have mentors who are invested in me as a person, and I consistently receive the coaching and actionable feedback that helps me grow. And because Bain is an industry leader, we get to work with exceptional clients to solve their most challenging, interesting questions - I know our work makes a true, lasting impact for our clients. I consider working at Bain a privilege and honor.

    Cons

    When working for an industry leader like Bain, which is known for delivering exceptional client results, you have to expect that long working hours will sometimes be part of that. Sustainability can become a concern for some - however, Bain does a tremendous amount to support a sustainable lifestyle. Case teams respect weekly commitments or "early nights," vacations are considered sacred, weekend work is avoided when at all possible, and teams check in regularly to ensure everyone is doing alright.


  9. "Great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people, best in class development opportunities.

    Cons

    Work can be challenging at times.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work and start a career!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced, dynamic work environment with fun and very supportive people. The company embraces driving results for their clients based on data driven insights. Personal and professional development is prioritized for every team member. Even at the entry level there are opportunities to work with senior executives at influential companies across every industry.

    Cons

    Experience can vary based on case/team placement, but there are many opportunities to give feedback and work on many different teams if you'd like.


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