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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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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

    Pros

    Great brand, good stepping stone into Private Equity

    Cons

    No creativity required, very top-down culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great learning experience

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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

    Pros

    Great exposure to industry and platform

    Cons

    work-life balance management and career management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hierarchical but great place to learn

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Bain & Company

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at Bain & Company

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great learning group

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    In early years you learn lots of analytical and business related skills; very fast paced

    Cons

    Lot of time and effort spent in managing internal egos and messaging; client work often not scoped in a way to drive results (very low risk environment).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take risks, encourage managers and partners to take "operational" jobs, and see a world beyond Bain to develop really deep expertise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Associate in New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Associate in New Delhi (India)

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

    Pros

    Pay. People. Training. Culture. Food.

    Cons

    Sustainability - also not fulfilling after a point

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Specialization is the only way consulting can survive as an industry. Keep focusing on people. It's soul sucking job - that's the really big redemption.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nurturing, exciting, and fun environment

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Very sincere and structured focus on development and working relationships. Mentorship is expected and part of the DNA, not just taken up by a select few. Work is fast-paced and generally interesting. Team environment and class cohorts make Bain an incredibly fun place to work. There is true affinity amongst people here, almost to a cult-like degree (in the best sense of the word!).

    Cons

    Lifestyle is generally ok but highly unpredictable. Recent local office-level cost cuts are mostly reasonable but change management could have been handled better (poor communication, with little understanding of what junior employees actually care about; explanations given seem patronizing and disingenuous). Slow promotion timeline in Asia vs. rest of Bain and competitors seems hard to justify based off capabilities of class.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Preserve the amazing culture at all costs. It is a critical differentiator from comparable competitors. The recent trend of treating junior employees like spoiled children to be alternately chastised and patronized is counterproductive. Many of us don't care that much about the cost cuts, but we do get upset when the HR council doesn't bother to at least understand our concerns BEFORE critical decisions get made.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Seoul (South Korea)

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

    Pros

    Extremely professional team and very fast paced work. It was engaging and fulfilling working with them, and I have gained a lot of valuable experience.

    Cons

    I found the hours to be quite long and interpersonal communication within the teams takes slightly more time than I would have liked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's important to strike a balance between knowing how to operate things within a company, but be aware enough of what's going on "outside" to make the corresponding differences.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Fantastic people & company culture with a reputation that will open many doors for you.

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    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic people, great company culture, extremely strong reputation and alumni network, interesting strategic clients

    Cons

    Very analytical work (not suitable for some people) and occasionally, difficult clients or partners

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Partners should be more proactive in meeting younger team members

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bain & Company

    Pros

    Smart peers, great work, fun work environment. Can be very demanding

    Cons

    Stressful, limited work-life balance primarily due to client service, travel can be rough

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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