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Bain & Company Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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4.4 548 reviews

99% Approve of the CEO

Bain & Company Worldwide Managing Director Bob Bechek

Bob Bechek

(197 ratings)

93% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company also places a lot of emphasis on professional development as well as work/life balance (in 27 reviews)

  • Benefits are almost unmatched and lots of culture of really great people (in 53 reviews)


Cons
  • It's on us to remain ourselves that work-life balance is a priority (in 85 reviews)

  • Although better compared to some other firms in this industry, still long hours (in 94 reviews)

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    Great training ground for wide-experience with high talented co-workers

    Associate Consultant (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsCompany goes out of its way to provide fun activities for workers (e.g. away days, drinks etc.), and supports opportunities to take a break (MBA, secondments).

    ConsWork-life balance is non-existent. Very tough environment with little room for error in long hours.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat training and people; flexible; first rate brand name; exit opportunities; mentorship; global opportunities

    ConsPoor lifestyle; pay mediocre given levels of expectation; lack of proper pension scheme

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    Generally good culture but people are increasingly getting driven to the ground

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOverall the culture (in comparison to BCG/McKinsey from what I gather) is great - mostly great people, fun and open work place. I have come across some bad apples though, they do exist even at firms like Bain but generally people are smart and genuine.

    There is so much flexibility to pursue things your want - leave of absences, international office transfers, externships are all common and a nice way to give you a break from consulting if you need it (you probably will).

    Needless to say the skill set you develop and the speed at which you develop it is invaluable.

    ConsThere seems to be a trend for people to work longer hours, the 55-hour average week doesn't exist. Overscoped/underresourced projects are more common than not and everyone I know has been driven to the ground on multiple projects. Working in consulting builds a great skill set but it comes at a cost - practically no work/life balance during the week unless you are happy seeing more of Bain than family/friends etc. It can be really cliquey and there are people who have few friends beyond Bain.

    Compared to corporate salaries, consulting salaries don't appear competitive given how hard you work, however you need the skill set to transition to corporates.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Tough place to work if you come in senior

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat learning experience, with a strong brand that will help you going forward. Phenomenal job if you are a recent graduate.

    ConsVery insular culture, with little room for outside ideas. Difficult place to work if you have ever worked before.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop promoting ACs straight through without sending them out into the world for some real life experience.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing place to really open opportunities

    Case Team Leader (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsThere are a lot of reasons why Bain is a wonderful place to work:
    -Top notch training programs
    -Amazing and inspirational people
    -Great compensation for the work you do
    -Ability to transfer to other offices
    -Zero politics before Manager level
    -Varied and interesting work

    ConsSome of the main challenges of working at Bain:
    -It can be hard to strike a balance between work and personal life, but the company tries to do what they can to help. Really depends on the case you're on and the manager you're working for.
    -Not everyone at the top (Partners/Directors) are aligned with our working principles (especially transfers from other firms) which sometimes translates into uncomfortable conversations around where priorities are between family and work
    -If someone demonstrates ability within a certain capability/industry some Partners will unofficially 'ringfence' them into their teams, making it difficult to get broad exposure
    -Smaller offices sometimes find it hard to really buy-into all the flexibility options available to the wider organisation (transfers, LOAs, etc.)

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice for the Partners/Directors:
    -Get to know your teams at the kick-offs
    -Don't oversell cases and then understaff teams (rare, but devastating effect on work/life)
    -You were once an analyst (about 200 years ago), don't forget these are just kids not robots

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic place to work and gain a business training

    Case Team Leader (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsGreat business training. Real focus on training both formal and informal. Very proud of the work done during my eight years there. Fantastic people and team

    ConsHard work. Long hours at times however considerate of personal needs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to work for

    Associate Consultant (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsSupportive and friendly atmosphere in the company

    ConsTravel can be tiring at times

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Project Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsIncredible people, lots of opportunities

    ConsStruggling to stay true to roots with growth - next 1-2 years will be interesting. Getting increasingly hierarchical.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore open and honest communication

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ok but hasn't lived up to expectations

    Associate Consultant (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsSome amazing and diverse colleagues
    Ability to work across a multitude of industries
    Good exit opportunities
    New London office is a nice work environment

    ConsLong hours and little work-life balance in most teams (you can never make any plans outside work Monday-Thursday)
    Training in London, especially on the job training/coaching is extremely variable. Often feels like luck of the draw as to the support/opportunity you get to develop
    Pay isn't great when compared to the hours worked and the sums senior management are taking home
    Hierarchical set up of case teams

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet in touch with the issues facing junior consultants, in particular, address excessive hours or increase pay to compensate for the lifestyle trade off, improve/standardise on the job training

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unparalleled opportunity to learn and grow while working in a fun environment

    Consultant (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsWork with sharp and down to earth people, both upwards and downwards. Amazing learning opportunities. Bias to action.

    ConsLifestyle balance (Again, this is a given in management consulting, and I realize that it is better than some peers)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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