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Bain & Company Principal 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 firm to work for and develop oneself"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture
    - Great exposure to client's most critical problems
    - Highest level of personal development commitment and opportunities
    - Amazing career options (from industry, Funds, etc,)
    - Benefit of not being a huge firm - entrepreneurial, people actually do know each other

    Cons

    - Still a tough job - hours can be long and busy
    - Comp. for expensive, large cities (London, NYC) not very compelling anymore

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on our most valuable assets:
    - our people (continue focused on recruitment and improve comp packages)
    - our culture (true north, collaborative, pragmatic and results oriented)
    - our clients (avoid trap of going after big client names just for the sake of going. work with people that want to do things and drive results)


  2. "Great place to work."

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

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

    Pros

    Strong culture, objective, very fair, rewards performance, offers immense flexibility, focus on mentor shop and coaching and servant leadership. Best place to work.

    Cons

    Very few if you want to have a career in advisory services. Travel could be unrelenting but that is an industry issue.


  3. "Bain"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with very high quality people, interesting clients and super-challenging case work. Good career progression comes as standard, with very good promotion opportunities and broader career transition effectiveness

    Cons

    Like all consulting, you will work hard. We're client facing, so we do focus on delivering to a very high standard, which can feel quite relentless if not managed properly.


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  5. "The right balance of challenge, excitement and support"

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

    Pros

    A place where you can have a highly exciting personalised career focused on having an impact at some of the biggest global companies and brands

    Cons

    Careers in Professional services can always be accompanied with a short bursts of stress at times

    Advice to Management

    Carry on focusing on getting the best out of individuals - keep the apprenticeship model alive


  6. "A great place to start your career"

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - A supportive culture (e.g. learning and mentoring)
    - The ability to make an impact (for our clients and in our communities)
    - Best in class maternity leave

    Cons

    - It's client service; sometimes the hours can be long


  7. "True impact"

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    Current Employee - Principal in Düsseldorf (Germany)
    Current Employee - Principal in Düsseldorf (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Bain is an inspiring and rewarding place to work, as from day 1 you feel the tangible and significant impact your work has on the client and their business success. Additionally, Bain has a strong track record in training and developing its people (global trainings etc). Finally, its the drive and energy of a diverse but highly motivated colleagues that makes the work inspiring.

    Cons

    Work can be demaning, e.g. in terms of travel requirements

    Advice to Management

    Ensure to maintain the strong and supportive Bain culture as the company grows


  8. "Best place to work!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal in Boston, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are smart, capable, humble and passionate!

    Cons

    The downside of always being challenged intellectually and professionally is that it can feel like you never have a moment to just "be"


  9. "Continuous learning in a supportive culture"

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    Current Employee - Principal in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Principal in Chicago, IL (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The learning is non-stop, once you get comfortable doing something you will be pushed to take bigger roles in more challenging environments. This makes it to be a challenging job, but the supportive culture and apprenticeship model helps to make it a place to thrive

    Cons

    Promotion process is pretty opaque, leading to lots of stress for anyone in a promotion window. Despite opportunities to improve the process, leadership seems happy that the induced stress leads to better client outcomes.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good hard look at the promotion process and think about potential changes (don't be satisfied with the status quo).


  10. "The best place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Principal in Chicago, IL (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -World class training
    -Amazing mentorship
    -Best workplace culture
    -Great career trajectory (internally) and exit opportunities

    Cons

    -Challenging cases
    -Up or out culture


  11. "Wonderful company - amazing people, great development, flex scheduling"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Principal in Dallas, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been at Bain for 6+ years, and am extremely satisfied with my experience.

    Cons

    The sustainability can take some time to learn to manage, but I've learned to prioritize and feel like I have a good balance at this time.