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Updated 25 March 2019
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  1. Featured Review

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    "Amazing place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Interesting and challenging work with great exposure to senior clients
    - Fun and supportive culture, with strong focus on coaching and mentorship
    - Wide range of opportunities within the company (travel, transfers etc.)

    Cons

    - Hours and travel can make finding a work-life balance challenging


  2. Helpful (537)

    "Welcome to Bain"

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

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

    Pros

    Welcome to Bain. I'm going to give you a problem that neither the CEO nor his entire management team could solve. And I'm probably going to give you lots of different opinions and imperfect data sources. And then I'll ask you to focus in on where the most value is and convince all those people with different opinions that you're right. But don't worry, I'm also going to give you a Bain team. Those associates and consultants are going to be tenacious in coming up with creative approaches. Those managers and partners are going to knock down barriers for you, connect you where you need to be connected, guide, support, direct and re-direct you. The office support staff is going to fix your computer after you spilled coffee on it for the third time, find you the unfindable data source, and smile and hand you a baked good after you ask for help re-doing dozens of slides. You are empowered and accountable but you are not alone. And the best part is you can't fail. Because after all, what all those people are reinforcing is that a Bainie never lets another Bainie fail.

    Cons

    Here's how you know you've made it at Bain. The reward for doing a good job is getting a bigger, tougher problem next time. Meaning, you are always solving the easiest problem you will ever solve again. This takes a lot of resilience and active managing of self-expectations to remember that you are not actually getting worse, the problems are just getting harder. So my advice is to remember that. And then take a second to realize that it would be a lot less fun if the reverse were true. And isn't that precisely why you wanted this job in the first place anyway? It sure was for me.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to find and promote the leadership that lives our operating principles.

    Bain & Company Response

    27 Sep 2016 – Director, Global Consultant Talent Management

    You have captured the essence of what it means to work here! Thanks for sharing your experience.

  3. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Respect personal work life balance

    Cons

    Not really sure about this


  4. "Great culture"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Consultant
    Former Employee - Assistant Consultant

    I worked at Bain & Company part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture (focused on excellence)

    Cons

    Long-ish hours. Practices can be a bit antiquated


  5. "Best Top Tier Consulting Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Case Team Leader in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Case Team Leader in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing culture, very smart, friendly and interesting colleagues and great learning and development opportunities. Would join Bain again for sure. Just make sure to leave Strategy Consulting at some point, once you've learned enough to take on responsibility in a real business environment.

    Cons

    Strategy Consulting comes with a lot of hours and you might end up 4 days per week away from home. Also, case staffing might not always be to your liking, so you need to stay flexible. That's what you sign up for, no matter which of the MBB companies you are going to work for. Other than that, it's a fantastic job to grow and learn. Pick the company that fits you best and you'll have a great time. But only stay as long as you really like it. Plenty of great opportunities afterwards.


  6. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Bain & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture at the company

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of


  7. "Good Company and Culture"

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    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture and nice colleagues to work with.
    The "True North" concept really guides the quality of work here.
    Great training system to help you progress.
    Good exit oppos.

    Cons

    Salary is not comparable with Ibanks and TMT companies

    Advice to Management

    None.

  8. "The people, culture and compensation make the work worth it"

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

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

    Pros

    Huge focus on people, sustainability and their development. Amazing work and super talented teams make the job worth it. Very transparent on changes and listening to what concerns there are. Big benefit for making travel very easy with a great expense policy.

    Cons

    Compensation is lower at Consultant level versus other MBBs; follower attitude can be seen as frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Pick areas of the business that we are not going to have a follower strategy and lead the industry by redefining what to do there.


  9. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bain & Company part-time

    Pros

    Great culture; Interesting projects and great client interaction exposure

    Cons

    Nothing in particular is bad at Bain


  10. "Great Company to Build Career Foundation"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent training and development for new hires. Great and clear career trajectory. Investment in coaching throughout career. Excellent compensation.

    Cons

    Long hours and stressful situations are common.