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Bain & Company Associate Consultant Reviews

Updated 19 October 2017
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Pros
  • work-life balance is incredible with a lot of flexibility/autonomy (in 68 reviews)

  • Steep learning curve: if you keep up with the work load, you will learn a huge amount and set yourself up for a great career at the firm and beyond (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • Hard to ensure work-life-balance & sustainability (in 270 reviews)

  • Sometimes long hours as always in consulting (in 314 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Perks are great - lots of offsites, global trainings and opportunities to spend time with peers builds a great network of friends in the office
    - Work is incredibly varied, in ~2 years have worked in multiple industries and each project is different
    - The people are incredibly smart, diverse and fun. The culture in general is amazing!
    - A lot of Managers / Partners really care about the juniors, they will happily just chat to you about career moves etc. and are generally fairly approachable
    - Great post-Bain options
    - Flexibility options can be great - opportunities to live / work abroad, take externships and Leave of Absence
    - Constant emphasis on improvements in the office, weekly surveys to track satisfaction and changes generally made on the feedback where possible

    Cons

    - Hours are long, often with heavy travel also which can be tough on the work-life balance
    - Pay in London is significantly below other Bain offices and worse than salaries in other industries that Bainies are qualified for
    - Flexibility options can be difficult to take, the options for transfers etc are there, but they are more difficult to take than recruiting sells it as

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving sustainability and increase the value proposition in London


  2. "Great place to start a career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Steep learning curve
    - Lots of responsibilities early on
    - Interesting and high impactful work
    - Generally capable and smart bosses/ teammates
    - Very fun and tight-knit peer group
    - Opens up lots of opportunities (from headhunters)

    Cons

    - Hours can be long (though compared with peers in other consulting firms, Bain seems to be better generally)
    - Staffing has most of the say in what projects you will be on, especially as a relatively new joiner

    Advice to Management

    - Make sure that the case management team really care about the welfare of the team; just a couple of poor case experiences is enough to cause churn
    - Make sure that lateral hires and office transfers acculturate themselves to London (e.g. be caring of the team, actively listen to feedback, aim for 8pm finishes and not midnights)


  3. "SAC at Bain & Company in London"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible people, interesting client issues, huge variety and a meritocratic organisation which encompasses people of many different backgrounds and personalities

    Cons

    Hours can be long and stressful; limited opportunity for public sector work

    Advice to Management

    Invest more resources in developing our Sustainability practice - we lag competitors


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  5. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome culture all round, stimulating work and flexibility options

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be an issue like in most professional services (although I think Bain does a better job than most!)


  6. "Perks from a lost age"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm continuously amazed by the number of offsites, trainings, international get-togethers that Bain offers its employees. It reminds me of the perks my parents had in the 80s/90s, which seem to have totally disappeared from the corporate landscape.

    The perks are not only fun, they are amazing learning experiences, they provide us with support and are a reminder of the overall mission.

    Cons

    Often achievements from previous work experience aren't recognized as Bain has a strong culture of homegrown skills and capabilities. This is something that should be improved

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge employment history outside of Bain more


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Bain AC value prop / trade-offs"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning into different industries / functionalities
    Great collegiate culture with lots of peers to work and play with
    Local staffing model vs. intense travel at peer firms

    Cons

    Extremely hierarchical
    Cases outside of Private Equity can be a bit random, mainly focused on cost, project management, etc.
    Burn-outs happening at increasing clip

    Advice to Management

    Be less commercial and sell more interesting work, focus on retaining talent/avoid burnout


  8. "Associate Consultant at Bain"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very interesting work; Real efforts to help consultants to maintain a reasonable work life balance; Plenty of opportunities to take 'breaks' and try new things (social impact externships, office transfers, MBA)

    Cons

    Consulting is a tough industry, particularly in the top tier - there is nothing that management could do to make the lifestyle 'great' all the time

    Advice to Management

    Take some steps to tone down the emphasis on promotions - the incentive isn't needed; Keep going with the efforts to create a more 'best case experiences' - they are working


  9. "Great first job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At Bain the positive you get:
    - A well-rounded skillset with rigorous in-office and global training
    - Management skills from 1-2 years into the job
    - Good compensation
    - Amazing culture with fun, ambitious people

    Cons

    At Bain the negatives you get:
    - Can be difficult to create work-life balance
    - Long hours


  10. "The place to start a career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    The best job you can get out of university to set yourself up
    -Learning is phenomenal
    -Culture is spot on
    -People are unbelievably smart

    Cons

    - Long hours; certain Partners are not 'current' Bain and don't have a focus on worklife balance

    Advice to Management

    Drive sustainability as much as possible; if you can crack that you will have the best people proposition hands down


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Phenomenal learning environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Incredible, smart colleagues who are focused on your development
    -Word class training
    -Supportive office environment

    Cons

    -Tough hours
    -Huge weight on your shoulders to deliver