Bain & Company
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Updated Apr 19, 2014
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Bain & Company Worldwide Managing Director Bob Bechek

Bob Bechek

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Pros:
  • "The work culture and work-life balance of teams here is much better than the other organizations I have worked with"
    in 24 reviews
  • "Great people who really care about both their colleagues and solving client problems"
    in 43 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-life balance can be very hard to maintain in this career"
    in 74 reviews
  • "Although better compared to some other firms in this industry, still long hours"
    in 83 reviews
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Fantastic place to work and gain a business training

Case Team Leader (Former Employee)
London, England

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

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

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

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)

I worked at Bain & Company full-time

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

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

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

I have been working at Bain & Company full-time for more than 3 years

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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Highly rewarding and great for career progression

Consultant (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Bain & Company full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat people who really care about both their colleagues and solving client problems. It is refreshing how team-oriented people are. Excellent professional development opportuniities. Very motivating environment.

ConsHours can be long, although compensated for by recognition from managers / partners and rewarding work. Although you can influence which project/s you get to work on, you don't have full control - it is driven by business needs.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

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

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Working with fun people in a high pressure environment with a very steep learning curve

Associate Consultant (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Bain & Company

ProsIncredible training opportunities
You meet a great network of fun and very talented people
Ability to work across a multitude of industries

ConsHours can be very long in a high pressure environment
Hierarchical work structure which is less collaborative than I imagined it would be

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Firm focused on repeating formulas and answer first concept is used to confirm biases

Case Team Leader (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at Bain & Company

ProsGreat brand, good stepping stone into Private Equity

ConsNo creativity required, very top-down culture

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great learning experience

Case Team Leader (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at Bain & Company

ProsGreat exposure to industry and platform

Conswork-life balance management and career management

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more transparent

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Hierarchical but great place to learn

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Bain & Company

ProsBain has very friendly people, great internal training programs at frequent intervals , strong culture and brand, reasonably meritocratic,

ConsVery very hierarchical especially in certain locations, not very innovative in IP, culture can be too dogmatic, top down, cult-like

Advice to Senior Managementbe more creative in problem solving, more collaborative brainstorm process, less top down aswer driving methodology, more felxibility and focus on work life balance

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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