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Bain & Company 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 (1)

    "Partner"

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

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

    Pros

    Unique international teaming culture to deliver the best of Bain to clients. Fast-paced learning environment; 100% meritocratic; smart, dynamic teams; maniacal focus on client results; unparalleled variety of work; flexibility to take time off/ moderate role as life situations change

    Cons

    None compared to any other top-tier professional services environment; intensive hours and work patterns go with the desire for excellence in client delivery.


  2. "Amazing place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues, well paid, very interesting job

    Cons

    Job is challenging - flip side to the interest and pay, but it is managed as well as it could be


  3. "Intellectually stimulating but long hours"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating, opportunity to make business impact, good generalist role for a future in business

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes little choice in case assignment, low transparency

    Advice to Management

    The London office could do better in sharing more often and with more transparency how the business is doing


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  5. 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


  6. "Phenomenal training, development and culture, but often intense and stressful"

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    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

    Bain's culture is its selling point and it is deserved. People genuinely go out of their way to help others, at every level, and this is enforced from the top and through pay structures. The informal advice I've received from those I've worked with has been crucial for my own development.
    More broadly, Bain is a development-accelerator. Helped by the supportive environment, you are expected to grow quickly and be pushed. Having just started an MBA where I have far fewer years of experience than most others around me, I can now really see just how uniquely brilliant Bain is for developing people early on in their careers

    Cons

    The work is very stressful, as it is in all top consulting firms. You are constantly working long hours, well out of your comfort zone. While Bain may manage this a bit better than BCG/Mck, the experience is wearing. As a result not a place people see themselves staying long term.

    Advice to Management

    Control lifestyles to drive talent retention.


  7. "Great"

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

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    Amazing people, great variety, good escalating compensation

    Cons

    Can be variable and long hours. Easy to get sucked into the culture

    Advice to Management

    Manage hours and keep doing what you are doing! I had an amazing experience


  8. "Working at Bain"

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

    Pros

    Great people and great atmosphere. Chance to work with fantastic companies and travel the world. Career opportunities are really good.

    Cons

    Working at Bain and Company can be very time absorbing and sometimes the travel can be difficult. As in any job work life balance can sometimes be overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the management would be to continue to maintain a really encouraging atmosphere and embracing open and honest values.


  9. "Bain"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are the main pros: bright people and a positive attitude. Salary is good, with some benefits that serve to add to the overall package.

    Cons

    The usual in this sort of consulting work: long hours, which can be unpredictable. Being away from home / the office for three or four days a week is common.


  10. "Associate Consultant at Bain"

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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

    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


  11. "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


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