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Bain & Company Reviews

Updated October 16, 2018
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  • "Good work-life balance while still offering a challenging environment" (in 78 reviews)

  • "Highly interesting job, with very steep learning curve" (in 77 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Culture is the cornerstone, impact is the mission"

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    • 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

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

    Pros

    Bain is a place where you will get early exposure to responsibility and a support network to help you thrive. You work with incredibly positive, ambitious, and energetic people who are always there to support you in and out of the workplace. There is a strong culture of mentoring to ensure you have and develop the skills necessary for long-term success in your career.

    Cons

    The work can be very fast-paced and someone won't always stop to make sure you're keeping up and clued in. You have to be very proactive about validating your thinking and work-planning for yourself.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    The people - Bain seems to attract very kind people that will do anything they can to help out a co-worker. Bain fosters a friendly, non-competitive, "work hard, play hard" environment. I feel like a won the jackpot with the opportunity to work here.

    Cons

    It often feels like there is a strong divide between the consultants and the support staff. The path to upward mobility is also more difficult and unclear in a support staff role.

    Advice to Management

    Management should treat consultants and support staff alike. It does not go unnoticed that the benefits are much greater on the consultant side.

  3. "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inspiring office environment
    Real personal and professional development
    Strong culture of feedback
    Extremely happy employees with leadership that cares about their goals and development

    Cons

    Compensation in first 3 years is not as high as competitors


  4. "Best place I could imagine starting my career!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My favorite thing about Bain are the people and the culture. The people there are the reason I am excited to go to work every day, my main motivating factor and my greatest resources for learning and growth. One of my good friends once described the culture as a place where everyone takes their work very seriously but not themselves, and I couldn't agree more. While we work really hard , we also have a ton of fun! Bain continually pushes to create an environment that is extremely open and accepting of all people which is also greatly appreciated. Aside from the people and culture, the thing I value most about Bain is the amount of constant learning and growth I get to experience as a result of both structured and experiential training as well as an intense focus on personal professional development. All of this, combined with providing exceptional results to clients, combines for an unbeatable work experience and the best place I could imagine starting my career (plus the exit opportunities are incredible).

    Cons

    Long hours depending on case assignment


  5. "Best consulting firm!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Working with senior clients on tough business problems
    - Great learning opportunities and career start
    - One team culture (humble, supportive)
    - International opportunities (cases, temporary or permanent transfer)

    Cons

    - Typical consulting working hours


  6. "Awesome first job"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team culture
    All my best friends work at Bain
    Great learning

    Cons

    There's a good chance you'll find yourself working on one of the "mega retainer accounts". If you do, your work is les likely to be impactful, learning opportunities are likely to be more limited and you will probably get less client interaction.

    Advice to Management

    Reassess internal culture of teams at some of the major retainer clients (e.g., why are those below manager never allowed to have client contact?).


  7. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic culture of exceptional performance but consistent collegiality. You are valued and appreciated--no one lets you fail

    Cons

    Hours can be long, but it is generally manageable

  8. "Sr Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    - The ability to get a chance to solve a wide variety of problems across the depth and breadth of various industries.
    -Smart and talented colleagues to work with everyday.

    Cons

    Work can be quite hectic and managing schedules becomes a challenge.


  9. "Senior Associate Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    Absolutely incredible culture - the people at Bain are smart, driven, worldly, fun, and down to earth. Hard to describe without working here - but the people is what makes Bain the best place to work. An unparalleled group of co-workers, mentors, and lifelong friends.

    Interesting work and high impact problems - you'll always be learning.

    There is an emphasis on making the job sustainable long-term and enjoyable

    Potential for less travel compared to other consulting firms (depending on office and your case preferences)

    Could not recommend Bain enough to others coming out of school. Seriously one of the best places you can be.

    Cons

    Generalist program during AC/C years has its pros / cons - on one hand you get exposure to a lot of industries and incredible learning opportunities; on the other hand, if you're really passionate about 1 industry, you won't necessarily always be working in that industry

    Can have longer hours, but as mentioned Bain does a good job trying to make the job sustainable


  10. "Love my job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    - Incredibly supportive environment, I feel very valued working at Bain
    - Great perks (benefits, pay, training, social office life)
    - Great work environment (amazing people, flexible schedule, good office spirit)

    Cons

    - Sometimes long hours - a 55h/week case is an absolute score and doesn't happen often
    - Consulting work changes all the time, which is good for variety, but as a junior consultant, some tasks can get excruciatingly boring at times.


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