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Bain & Company Senior Associate Consultant Reviews

Updated 22 October 2017
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Pros
  • Management truly care about work/life balance (in 71 reviews)

  • Very steep learning curve - you won't do the same thing twice as an AC, Consultant, Case Team Leader (in 62 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!)


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  5. "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


  6. "Associate Consultant at Bain"

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    • 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

    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


  7. "Great first job"

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    • 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

    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


  8. "Amazing development oppotunities"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    As a recent college graduate, there's not a better place to be after graduation. The exposure to senior clients, Bain partners, and the ability to influence the case "answer" from Day 1 on the job is truly unparalleled

    Cons

    Sustainability can be challenging as in any consulting/professional services company. Bain does a good job of proactively managing this through weekly team "temp check" surveys, clearly outlining personal sustainability goals, and flexible work programs

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your SACs and focus on accelerated direct promotion paths through to CTL/Manager


  9. "Senior Associate Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Washington, DC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work, and fantastic compensation

    Cons

    Very few - sometimes the hours are not sustainable


  10. "(Senior) Associate Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Variety of leading clients with interesting projects
    - Opportunity to take on resposibility from the first weeks
    - Working with smart and committed colleagues - opportunity to learn from everybody
    - Significant investment into own personal development (trainings and coaching)
    - Option to "build your own Bain" (e.g. take leaves, pursue NGO/ pro bono projects)
    - Compensation & benefits (e.g. Alternative Travel)

    Cons

    - High pace work incl. travel and working hours
    - Industry-wide issues: projects may differ


  11. "Senior Associate Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Supportive, collaborative, fun, mentorship, development, culture

    Cons

    Hours, travel, no tangible product

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!