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Bain & Company Reviews

Updated 27 April 2015
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  1. Highly rewarding and great for career progression

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Hours 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 Management

    Keep up the good work

  2. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  3. Helpful (5)

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

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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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great brand, good stepping stone into Private Equity

    Cons

    No creativity required, very top-down culture

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  5. Great learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great exposure to industry and platform

    Cons

    work-life balance management and career management

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent

  6. Helpful (1)

    Hierarchical but great place to learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

  7. Helpful (4)

    Great place to start your career but leave after 2 yrs!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great for CV and network building. Particularly good place to start your Career if you are straight out of school. Exposure to many industries and great at learning how to break down complex problems. Training courses are great and can be overseas. Opens up many doors later on especially if you want to move into industry.

    Cons

    Not having a life! No time off. No real diversity in the office as most people have or are doing an MBA from 1 of ~5 schools, most people are not really aware of what else is out there. Quite easy to get caught up in the world of consulting. Not sure how well consulting equips you for executing real work in industry.

    Advice to Management

    Pick more diverse employees, understand better where clients are coming from. That way you can really add value

  8. Associate Consultant

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Bain is organized in such an efficient way, they really put in an effort to get the most out of you as an employee. They realize they are expecting a lot from you and give a lot back in return.
    You learn extremely quickly, even though sometimes you don't realize it.
    The people are inspiring and the culture is amazing

    Cons

    The desired level of perfection is very high, which translates into high pressure and long working hours. Of course, if you're willing to invest in yourself, the pros outweigh the cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep giving your people a sense of purpose. This will help them to put more energy into their work, relating in higher productivity and higher quality.

  9. Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good learning opportunity and wide industry exposure

    Cons

    Work style could be tough to manage given all the travel.

  10. learn learn learn

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Bain & Company as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I learned a lot at this job, was there for the experience and not so much anything else.

    Cons

    work was demanding, had to be sharp and ready for everything around you never knew what was going to happen

    Advice to Management

    work was demanding, had to be sharp and ready for everything around you never knew what was going to happen. Try to look into this

  11. Learned so much

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Knowledge Specialist in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Knowledge Specialist in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is so much to learn from Bain even on the non-consulting side. Lots of opportunity for professional growth and finding your own path. Also allows great flexibility for part-time without sacrificing opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours, availability sometimes required needed across time zones

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for the commitment to keeping a strong culture and exceptional standards

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