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Bain & Company Reviews

Updated 22 June 2018
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  • "takes care of employees, work life balance" (in 76 reviews)

  • "High impact on businesses worldwide, extremely steep learning curve, supportive environment and colleagues you are proud to work with" (in 71 reviews)

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  1. "Bain and Company London"

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

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    Phenomenal culture with the smartest yet most humble people I have ever encountered in my 15 year career.
    Very strong office leadership, with clear and inspiring mission. Clarity and transparency around leadership strategy and decisions.

    Cons

    The flip side of working with such talented people is there is a constant push to do more / bigger / better. Most of the time this is very motivating (as there is complete belief that you can do more / bigger / better), but can mean you push yourself too hard at times.


  2. "Review of consulting at Bain"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    High impact client work, very smart people, great culture and benefits

    Cons

    Hours can be long and there can be lots of travel to client site

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing and continue to push for sustainability

    Bain & Company Response

    9 Nov 2017 – Director, Global Consultant Talent Management

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your experience. Your office has been a real innovator in rolling out the Best Case Experience approach, which supports team in delivering the best... More

  3. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture, focus on development, inspirational leadership, unabated enthusiasm

    Cons

    could end up being your whole life


  4. "Consultant (with prior work experience)"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn how to think about a business holistically and convert this into practical actions for executives to take.

    Feels like a family, with strong culture of both formal and informal mentor-ship and on-the-job coaching.

    Cons

    Hours can be excessive due to relentless pursuit of perfection. Also hard to predict as often dependent on client, Bain management team and type of project.


  5. "Great culture, amazing teams"

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

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

    Pros

    Fast pace learning, respectful of work life balance

    Cons

    very few cons if you're looking for a competitive career (not a place to relax for a couple of years)


  6. "Great social culture - terrible work culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic people, very motivated, interesting and fun. Great brand name, opens doors once you leave

    Cons

    Horrible work culture that crushes your self-esteem and grinds you down. Though their values sound great and they talk a lot about the apprenticeship model, Bain's systems (review, promotion, hierarchy etc.) are awful. I worked at another top management consulting firm before so could directly compare my experience. I saw and experienced many issues in this company but I think the main one is the lack of managerial training that employees get before they start managing coupled with the lacking incentives to manage your team well and by well I mean actually support their growth and help them succeed while also keeping them healthy (physically and mentally).

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of zero defect - mistakes are there to learn from. Look into your promotion system and make sure it becomes fairer and not based purely on chance opportunities that employees are given by HR. Train your managers to manage their teams sustainably. Reward good management and make sure people that burn their teams don't get rewarded and promoted through the ranks.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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

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

    Pros

    great flexibility options, benefits, inspirational leaders, social events. If Carlsberg did companies...

    Cons

    There are none so far

    Advice to Management

    Value the CSS team even more

  8. "Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bain & Company full-time

    Pros

    Some good learnings (different business approaches, structured hypothesis-driven problem solving, excel modelling, powerpoint), good brand

    Cons

    Tough hours (65-70h per week), work is a bit vapid

    Advice to Management

    Put more people on a project to reduce likelihood of crazy hours


  9. "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.

    Bain & Company Response

    9 Nov 2017 – Director, Global Consultant Talent Management

    Thank you for highlighting our supportive culture in your review. Our aspiration is that our employees thrive in their career - both personally and professionally. As you note, individuals interests... More


  10. "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


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