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Bain & Company Reviews

Updated 24 November 2014
Updated 24 November 2014
624 Reviews
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624 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • My function focuses a lot on work life balance and provides lot of flexibility (in 32 reviews)

  • Benefits are almost unmatched and lots of culture of really great people (in 59 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is always going to be a challenge given that the industry is client serving (in 104 reviews)

  • Although better compared to some other firms in this industry, still long hours (in 108 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    One of the best firms in the world - a place where you'll love what you do and laugh a lot.

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Bain is a highly successful firm, so firstly, the opportunities to gain professional business experience are second-to-none. Personal development is a priority, so you learn a lot quickly - and training is awesome (and fun). It is a truly global firm, and from the get-go, there are opportunities to build friendships with friends globally - and you will, since Bainies are very diverse but in unity a 'friendly bunch'. Even as employees 'at the bottom of the hierarchy', you're made to feel personally valuable. This reflects in the flexibility, opportunities and work. The superlatives continue elsewhere too (amazing offices, events, perks, tech, externships, flexible promotion, transfers (especially) etc.)

    Cons

    Everyone at the firm is exceptional and the work is often stressful. always demanding. Naturally it's constantly challenging to keep at the pace. It can feel perhaps too cliquey at times. Travel can be rough (though you're generally treated well) - although probably less so than at big competitors due to an office-driven staffing model. This does mean that you'll likely have a mostly random experience of cases though - ACs have little influence over what cases they're assigned to, and inevitably some 'lose out'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary isn't quite up there with rival jobs, e.g. investment banking.
    Partners can sometimes seem slightly distant.
    Sometimes frustrating receiving multiple directions on work from multiple superiors, especially a problem on larger projects,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bain & Company as an intern

    Pros

    Being around the brightest people

    Cons

    Not that much involvement compared with smaller firms

  3.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Pros

    Great people, challenging work, interesting

    Cons

    Work-life balance, hard work, repetitive

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  5.  

    Good for a while, but manage your career.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Flexible work assignments - interesting geographical travel (london, south africa, Canada, Russia)
    Develop good analytical and communicaiton skillset
    Some people great mentors and people people

    Cons

    Long, unpredictable hours... Different cultures between offices
    Great if you are a star, but not the best if you are average
    High turnover of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to true bain culture which is much stronger in north america.
    Allow people to choose areas they want to be experts on earlier

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Deserves its employee awards

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (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

    Bain & Company Response

    Nov 25, 2014Director, Global Consultant Talent Management

    Thanks for sharing your experience working here - you've really encapsulated the mix of hard work, passion, smarts and commitment to learning that forms the essence of a career with us. It's also ... More

  7.  

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

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    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (more than an 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
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Amazing place to really open opportunities

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 (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
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