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Bain & Company Team Leader Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  1. "Incredible place to learn and solve incredibly challenging problems"

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    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible culture of professional development and constant learning. Challenging problems, talented teams, and a culture where work-life balance is as important as the result.

    Cons

    As with any management consulting, limited control of case/client/team can make for a variable experience.


  2. "Incredible platform to develop yourself and launch a career"

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    Former Employee - Case Team Leader
    Former Employee - Case Team Leader
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, humble, collegial people. Variety of interesting cases, deep commitment to mentorship, development, great general management / business training. Truly unique culture that embraces both feeding and nurturing staff and commitment to excellence

    Cons

    Demanding job. Travel, deadlines, clients. Bain does the best in the industry at making it manageable and workable, but client services is client services.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start a career"

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    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 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great training for a variety of functional areas, smart people, and amazing culture

    Cons

    Long hours, high likelihood of travel, up or out for consulting roles


  4. "Great opportunity to grow and develop career"

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    Former Employee - Case Team Leader
    Former Employee - Case Team Leader
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great culture
    - Strong compensation
    - Significant professional development opportunity
    - Exit options

    Cons

    - Work-life balance is variable dependent on the case you're on
    - Opportunity to learn / develop can be hindered based on what cases you're on


  5. Helpful (4)

    "More work than you would think just isn't that interesting or impactful at a personal level, but experiences vary wildly"

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    Former Employee - Case Team Leader
    Former Employee - Case Team Leader
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The people and culture are by far the biggest pro. Very smart and passionate, like most of those in the industry, but Bainies generally are more down to earth and supportive. I don't think the "fratty" tag applies anymore, but the people generally are fun in their nerdy ways.

    - Brand name on your resume helps you get your foot in the door in many places (if you want to do strategy... if you don't, then don't wait to long to get out).

    - Global trainings are fun and great way to network across the world.

    - If you want to limit your travel (to the extent you can in consulting) and actually get to know people in your office, then Bain's office staffing model is a much better fit vs. a McKinsey type of model. I actually had a few cases locally.

    Cons

    - Yes, there is some exciting work but the proportion of heavy project management and process-oriented cases is way higher than I was led to believe during recruiting. Lots of merger integration, PMO and organization projects. I didn't join consulting to build Gantt charts and org structure boxes all day (not that there's anything wrong with it inherently but it's not a good fit for me). Management has also said they plan on competing more in battleground areas like procurement going forward. Expect mix of sexy strategy cases to go down.

    - The flip side of the office staffing model is that you have less control of what you get staffed on and are more likely to get put on projects you have no interest in. You wanted a customer strategy case in tech? Too bad, there's a 6 month merger integration case in industrials staffing up and you're the only person in the office available for it. If industry matters to you, think hard about which offices you want to join and ask during recruiting what they work on most. Staffing is often a black box and you have no idea why decisions were made without any input whatsoever from you.

    - MBA hires new to Bain are poorly integrated vs. returning Associate Consultants and are definitely lower on the totem pole. This is especially evident in geographies where MBAs aren't quite as prevalent as in the US (Europe and Australia for example) but it holds in the US as well. Some offices are really really bad at this so do your homework.

    - A lot of tech, tools and shared services are way behind competitors. You'd be surprised at how much low-value add grunt work you'll have to do compared to other consulting firms that efficiently allocate it and optimize work based on what different roles do best. One example of this is how much time is spent doing expenses because of an antiquated system. I had been hearing for 2 years that the expense system was being improved but nothing had yet been done and people still had to spend a silly amount of time on it.

    - Standard for professional services, but the quality of life just isn't good despite what you hear during recruiting. I don't know why people insist on saying during recruiting that 55 hours is a typical week - it's not, 55 hours is a great week. I can count on my two hands the number of times I worked less than 60 in three years.

    Advice to Management

    - Think about opening up staffing to a more flexible model for people who are willing to travel to get work they're interested in.

    - I think you know, but close the gap vs competitors in tech and tools.

    - Expand BCC capacity to do more grunt work or figure out another way to take that load off the primary case Team. Their capacity is so limited and BCC managers increasingly want to take on high value work. That's great, but having a consulting team crank through data cleaning and other labor intensive but thinking-light tasks is an awful use of resources.

    - Stop recruiting from encouraging employees to talk about a 55 hour work week and the "red flag if you work over 65" at recruiting events. Be up front about what it's like. Recruits already know so it just looks silly.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    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. "Great place to work!"

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    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.

  8. "Bain is the best!!!!"

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    - Best place to learn: structured thinking, get to know most important trends in any industry, learn how to drive change at orgs and how execs think, learn how to manage teams with great professional development tools, build sweet decks and learn how to model
    - Build network: particularly if you're staying in same geography, broader Bain network can enable you to do almost anything
    - Growth trajectory: Bain continues to do really well financially, means great career growth trajectory

    Cons

    - We constantly push really hard - hours aren't as long as some other consulting firms, but that's made possible through ruthless prioritization. It's not the kind of job where you can just write off a day
    - Hourglass team structure - more than competitors, we put so much on the manager position

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to do everything possible to win top majority of cross-offers with McK, BCG
    - Offer clients more flexibility in team structure (less M+4)


  9. "Bain review"

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    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to build a business career. It provides opportunities and experiences well beyond what you can get in corporate positions.

    Cons

    There is very little to say in terms of cons at Bain. Only caveat would be if you know exactly what you want to do in a specialized role, Bain's learnings are more general.


  10. "Engaging work, great career path"

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    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been working at Bain for just over five years now (excluding breaks for school) - consistently challenging and interesting, high quality work, high investment in the people

    Cons

    This job is only rarely a 9 to 5 kind of thing. There's a decent amount of travel (though much less than many competitors) and some unpredictable spikes, as in any client services business

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing - and make sure the formula continues to work as well as we grow