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Bain & Company 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. "Amazing professional development and great people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The dedication at Bain to professional development is truly unique. On every case there is a focus that one part of the job is to deliver results for the client whilst the other part is about developing the team.

    The culture is fantastic and is organic bottom up rather than some corporate enforced fun.

    Cons

    None beyond what you'd expect working in a top tier consulting firm.


  2. "Fantastic Firm"

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture; very focused on personal development; steep learning curve and a great work environment; getting exposure to wide range of businesses and cases

    Cons

    Travel can be demanding (but - within limits - can also be managed to personal preference)

    Advice to Management

    Continue focus on people & culture


  3. "Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best people, impactful and challenging work, and good rewards / benefits

    Cons

    Long hours and occasionally difficult clients


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  5. "A career stepping stone like no other"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, client exposure, learnings, pro bono

    Cons

    Lifestyle is challenging - mon to thurs very difficult to live a "normal" lifestyle


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    "Great culture"

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


  7. "Fantastic place to gain well-rounded business education."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Highly intelligent/motivated colleagues
    -Great clients/interesting cases
    -Endless opportunities for personal development
    -Fantastic perks (global travel, training programmes, social events)
    -Abundant post-Bain career options
    -Funding for business school
    -Flexible career options (leaves of absence, transfers, social impact etc.)

    Cons

    -Work/life balance can, at times, be a struggle (London is very good relative to other offices though)

    Advice to Management

    -London management should continue to prioritise sustainability as they're doing a great job of it relative to elsewhere (in Europe) at the moment!


  8. "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)


  9. "SAC at Bain & Company in London"

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


  10. "Great place to work!"

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


  11. "Perks from a lost age"

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

    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