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Updated 22 July 2018
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  • "Management truly care about work/life balance" (in 74 reviews)

  • "Skill-building - steep learning curve ensures that after a few years you've really got some marketable skills to speak of" (in 71 reviews)

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  1. 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


  2. "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

  3. "Great place to work!"

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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 (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!)


  4. "Perks from a lost age"

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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

    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


  5. "Associate Consultant at Bain"

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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

    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


  6. "Great first job"

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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

    At Bain the positive you get:
    - A well-rounded skillset with rigorous in-office and global training
    - Management skills from 1-2 years into the job
    - Good compensation
    - Amazing culture with fun, ambitious people

    Cons

    At Bain the negatives you get:
    - Can be difficult to create work-life balance
    - Long hours


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bain has been the absolute best place to start my career out of undergrad. The firm has an incredibly supportive culture of professional and personal growth (both at and beyond Bain). Across global offices, the company is made up of down to earth, yet very high caliber and talented individuals who love to work and play hard. I've received the best formal and informal business training and Bain has opened doors and set me up to pursue careers in any business field I can imagine. Bain is a truly special and unique company and I feel so lucky to work here.

    Cons

    The consulting job has very high upside in terms of training, boosting your career, and compensation. However, the work is challenging, the hours can be long, and you'll be pushed outside of your comfort zone often. It's an incredibly high learning curve and as soon as you feel comfortable, your teams will push you into new responsibilities. This type of work and lifestyle is tough for those who are looking for a sustainable long term career.

  8. "Phenomenal Place to Start a Career"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - People at Bain are top notch
    - Interesting work
    - Culture is great, without being too overwhelming / in your face
    - Seems to be a real focus on diversity, although more progress is needed
    - You can make it what you want
    - Exit opportunities are exceptional

    Cons

    - As with all project-based work, projects are variable - can get stuck with a bad workstream or project for a couple of months
    - Can get 'stuck' at a certain development level if supervisor isn't focused on your success
    - Pay feels low at times given the number of hours worked


  9. "Stimulating environment + Professional Development hothouse"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Incredibly stimulating work environment with challenging problems to tackle
    - Firm is dedicated to the professional development and training of each individual, with significant time/money investment in this area
    - Surrounded by bright minds with diverse backgrounds
    - An extremely fun-loving culture that is defining of Bain worldwide

    Cons

    - Some questions around "homegrown" consultants vs MBA hires
    - Management errs on the conservative side when it comes to promotions

    Advice to Management

    - Keep pushing the firm to grow, but hang on to the people who can really contribute to your business in the long term
    - Show the homegrown ACs/SACs that they are valued


  10. "Best management consulting firm to work at!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Mumbai (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, mentors in the system invested in your career growth making the culture at Bain the most coveted. There's an active focus by the leadership on improving sustainability. Great flex options offered by Bain including transfers, externships, leave of absence for 2-6 months etc. There is also an immense global exposure through trainings and transfers. All these factors contribute to making Bain the best management consulting firm to work at!

    Cons

    Sustainability can take a hit at times, but there's an active focus on improving this by the leadership.