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Bain & Company Team Leader Reviews

Updated November 2, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Best place to work"

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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

    Great working environment for professional development, industry and high-caliber client exposure, incredibly supportive culture.
    People who care about their client and their team members. People who work hard but care about their peers' experience. People to work long hours with.

    Cons

    Tough life style, long hours during the week, intense job.


  2. "An incredible place to develop your business leadership skillset"

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    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible, proactive professional development

    Exposure to C-suite level decision making across industries

    Amazing co-workers!

    Cons

    At times can have limited control over which cases you get staffed to

  3. "One of the most challenging, but rewarding places to work"

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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

    Incredibly collaborative (both internally and with clients); accelerated development; a meritocracy that at the same time strives to do its best to not leave people behind; people passionate about incredible things outside of work and a general culture that people find themselves gravitating to; flat operating structure (limited boundaries and frequent interaction between junior staff and senior partners)

    Cons

    It's consulting at a top strategy consulting firm... the hours can be long and, although I believe Bain does a better job than others at managing travel requirements, there are still nights required on the road

    Advice to Management

    Bain is truly an incredible place to work. But as we continue to grow astronomically, please be careful to not lose the great things that make the firm what it is.


  4. "Best post-MBA experience"

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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

    - Opportunity to grow and develop professionally - both through skillset / client work experience and active coaching and mentorship from leadership
    - Opportunity to become an 'expert-generalist' by exploring multiple industries and functions, utilizing and building on the foundation laid in the MBA experience
    - Exit opportunities abound and company is supportive of future career path, inside and outside of the Company
    - Talented peers who provide professional comradery and personal friendships, which accelerate the learnings and opportunities that Bain provides

    Cons

    - Steep learning curve, you are always challenged are always working with very bright, smart, savvy people. This means you might not always be the smartest person in the room.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring the bright, talented folks you do - they are inspiring to work with and make it a joy and a privilege to work here.


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. 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

  8. "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


  9. 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.


  10. 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.