Bain & Company Reviews

Updated 17 October 2014
Updated 17 October 2014
606 Reviews
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606 Reviews
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Bain & Company Worldwide Managing Director Bob Bechek
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • My function focuses a lot on work life balance and provides lot of flexibility (in 30 reviews)

  • Benefits are almost unmatched and lots of culture of really great people (in 58 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is always going to be a challenge given that the industry is client serving (in 98 reviews)

  • Although better compared to some other firms in this industry, still long hours (in 104 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    You can't find a better first job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    I've never been around a group of people as highly motivated and yet intensely caring; people want you to succeed not just because it makes them look good, but because apprenticeship and mentorship are the lifeblood of the business. Relaxed, informal culture that gives you the opportunity and skills to succeed.

    Cons

    Long hours, and the fact that you are never the one creating something; the hallmark of success at this job is helping someone else succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing; as long as the business is growing and we are taking share, the opportunities will come and people will be happy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unmatched professional development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Professional development, extremely structured thinking, mentors that really look out for you, extremely challenging problems, meritocratic with many step-up opportunities, office interest groups, extremely transparent organization, free weekends, worldwide trainings, great clients, private equity leadership, colleagues I enjoy being around and learning from

    Cons

    Constantly pushing at work and very high expectations for work - not as much the hours, but the pace can feel like a grind

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pragmatic, no-nonsense place to work for with great human capital

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Where Bain stands out is
    -Professional development.
    -Apprenticeship
    -Strong fun culture
    -High impact projects
    -Opportunities to see across many capabilities and industries

    Cons

    Working at Bain means you'll have to deal with
    -Sustainability issues; it is client services after all
    -Hard to always predict work hours and travel schedule
    -How the firm is run can sometimes be opaque

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider being more open to change faster. Sometimes can be a bit too conservative on how to change the existing model

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Hands down awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Incredible culture - people work really hard, but they enjoy doing it; Incredible people - mix of intelligence but also humility that you don't find at the other top consulting firms; Amazing exit opportunities - the Bain network is not only big, it's incredibly strong. Ex-Bainies will almost always help out another Bainie without fail. This is truly a remarkable place.

    Cons

    work life balance - hours can get rough, and travel is not always the most convenient option.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep making culture top priority!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    An excellent 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

    Pros

    Great people, perks and interesting work. Leadership team is strong and focuses on what is important.

    Cons

    Hours can get difficult at times.

  7.  

    Amazing benefits and culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great culture
    Great benefits (medical & dental, great PTO, fun parties & events, great comp)
    Non-hierarchical (everyone treats the EA's as well as they do the consulting staff)
    Job satisfaction

    Cons

    I think sometimes people talk about work-life balance being an issue in the consulting industry but I don't see it reflected here. I'm sure some of the consulting staff might have a rough case here or there but I haven't heard it being the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Learns a lot during time there

    Cons

    Long hours and lots of travel

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work and learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I am given a lot of responsibility and ownership in the work I do. There is always opportunities to learn, on the job, in-office training, Global Training programs (if you are a consultant) and within your department. I have a global network of smart colleagues who are supportive. I am able to work remotely, though when and how often really depends on your manager.

    Cons

    As an adminstrative (CSS) employee, there are few opportunities for career advancement.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing place to work! Full of incredibly smart people!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Bain really cares about it's people and it comes out in everything that they do. Everyone here is dedicated and determined to make Bain the best place it can be! You learn something new everyday

    Cons

    The pace is incredibly fast so if you aren't used to that or don't like high pressured environments then you might stuggle at Bain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in the culture as much as you do. It's the core of why Bain is so amazing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I love working with smart, motivated co-workers!

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefts are unbeatable, culture is fun and hard-working, it's a team environment all the way, people support one another.

    Cons

    Runs lean and is fast-paced with a high volume of work most of the time. Upward career growth can be limited due to lean structure but that's only an issue if you are prioritizing that over work-life balance, family commitments, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be nice to pilot some flexible or work-from-home arrangements

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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