Bain & Company Reviews

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
564 Reviews

4.6
564 Reviews
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Bain & Company Worldwide Managing Director Bob Bechek
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Deserves its employee awards

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    For the right enquiring, hard working mind, Bain is an amazing place to work. Great problems to solve, great people to work with, great clients and a great apprenticeship process to reall accelerate talent to its full potential. Over the course of a career, there is real felxibility to get the work - life balance right. If you live for interesting work, this is a great place.

    Cons

    It is hard work, and not everyone has the passion and mental flexibility to make it work. And if you work to live, and want lots of evenings for other interests, this is not the right place for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company 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).

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Bain London

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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  5.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Pros

    Overall 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.

    Cons

    There 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Tough place to work if you come in senior

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bain & Company

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting ACs straight through without sending them out into the world for some real life experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing place to really open opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Case Team Leader  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Case Team Leader in London, England

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There 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

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    My 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic place to work and gain a business training

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    Former Employee - Case Team Leader  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Case Team Leader in London, England

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great 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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Supportive and friendly atmosphere in the company

    Cons

    Travel can be tiring at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    Incredible people, lots of opportunities

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More open and honest communication

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Ok but hasn't lived up to expectations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Long 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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