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Bain & Company Associate Reviews

Updated 12 July 2018
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  • "takes care of employees, work life balance" (in 76 reviews)

  • "Skill-building - steep learning curve ensures that after a few years you've really got some marketable skills to speak of" (in 70 reviews)

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  1. "Associate Consultant"

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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

    World class people
    Client focus
    Corporate support
    Incredible company events

    Cons

    Pay level below work/life balance


  2. "Associate Consultant"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing smart people. Friendly and supportive environment. I am excited about coming in to work every day. The work is fast paced and you are given lots of responsibility from day 1

    Cons

    Monday to Thursday there is so chance to do anything outside of work other than sleep

  3. "Best culture and people"

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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

    Incredible culture for learning and having fun!

    Cons

    Hours sometimes not too different from financial services, however huge pay gap on jr positions.


  4. "Great place to start out from university"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    supportive culture (e.g. learning and mentoring); the ability to make an impact (for our clients and in our communities); great place to start your career

    Cons

    Unpredictable schedule; Long hours; High expectations


  5. "The most enjoyable and educational work environment possible"

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    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Bain provides an amazing work environment. The employees are incredibly intelligent, creating a stimulating experience for all. However, the experience is summed up by Bain's saying, "we take our work seriously but not ourselves". While providing a challenging environment for your mind, Bain also has the most amazing culture. There is a big emphasis on fun which is demonstrated through regular case team events, office-wide parties, global Bain parties and, on a smaller note, constant snacks! The most important thing about Bain though is the amazing people that you get to know. They are the most intelligent, fun and helpful people I have ever met. Coming to work is always exciting and enjoyable which I don't think you'll get everywhere else!

    Cons

    The only con with working in Bain (as will apply to all strategy consulting firms) is the hours. They are not consistently long but you will have periods of working late so you need to be ok with that. Having said that, the late nights can often be the most enjoyable because you are working with your team to solve a problem.


  6. "Great place to work!"

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    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

    Amazing supportive culture. High impact and very interesting assignments

    Cons

    As with any consulting firm, hours are not ideal, but there are various ways you can make it work for you


  7. "Great"

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    good projects great people great culture

    Cons

    hours long (normal for top tier consulting but significantly higher than some smaller firms.

  8. 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


  9. "Great place to start a career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)


  10. "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