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Introduction

Bain & Company may operate presence in dozens of countries—with more than 20 offices in Europe, the Middle East & Africa—but that doesn’t keep the “heart” of the Big Three from functioning as one firm. Whichever path you pursue (and there are many), you’re sure to receive the same quintessential Bain experience that Bainies around the world say make this one of the most rewarding and enriching firms to join.

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Worldwide Managing Director

Firsthand Findings

 

Bain’s hiring, training and career advancement make it an employer whose reputation for treating people right extends far beyond the consulting world. As a result, the firm once again features prominently on our rankings across multiple categories and regions. Put simply: this is one of just a handful of firms that can open doors to the types of leadership opportunities that most people go to business school to prepare to land. And of those firms, it just might be the one that will do the most to help you develop the skills you need to get there.

On a day-to-day basis, life at Bain isn’t always going to be easy: there will be the customary long hours demanded throughout this industry, as well as complex problems for some highly demanding ...

About the Company

Bain & Company is a global consultancy that helps the world’s most ambitious change makers define the future.  Across 59 offices in 37 countries, the firm works alongside clients as one team with a shared ambition to achieve extraordinary results, outperform the competition and redefine industries. Bain & Company complements its tailored, integrated expertise with a vibrant ecosystem of digital innovators to deliver better, faster and more enduring outcomes. Its 10-year commitment to invest more than $1 billion in pro bono services brings its talent, expertise and insight to organizations tackling today’s urgent challenges in education, racial equity, social justice, economic development and the environment. Since the founding of Bain & Company in 1973, it has measured its success by the success of its clients, and proud...

Employee Reviews


  • “Amazing learning experience and exposure at top-notch firm with amazing colleagues that will become your friends.”
  • “Challenging but has an exceptional learning curve; ideal for anyone hungry to turbo-charge the start of their business career.”
  • “Great opportunity to build my very individual career path as a working mother in a top leadership position.”
  • “It is consulting, so get yourself familiar what that means. But if you like consulting, Bain is one of the best places to start you career due to its results-driven, supportive and down-to-earth culture!”
  • “The best place to work in consulting - high impact projects with smart and humble people.”
  • “We truly care about our people and work in a fun and challenging environment, which also translates to the work we do with our clients as one combined team.”
  • “Efforts include a global program on inspirational leadership, access to coaching professionals, availability of senior people to act as mentors, and several programs to include sustainability of the job.”
  • “Before COVID-19 working 4 days at client site was the normal - hoping that will change to a more flexible mode after COVID-19.”
  • “Bain is very supportive that the staff takes it vacation. From manager upwards, you will still receive emails but it is your decision if and to what extent you answer them.”
  • “Best of Bain is it’s supportive and flexible culture. Nothing to report on the negative side, consulting is a demanding craft, Bain makes it best effort to strike a good work-life balance.” “I believe our industry as a whole struggles with work/life balance, working hours etc. However, I believe Bain puts in a lot of effort to try to manage this issue, e.g. with pulse checks, regular professional development chats, a very active HR team, etc.”
  • “Strong support with health insurance premiums as well as additional coaching offerings, particularly regarding mental health.”
  • “Taking vacation is encouraged, vacation requests normally get approved immediately. Also, they are super flexible if you tell them when your plans changed, e.g. through a medical emergency.”
  • “For more senior consultants, Bain offers a VERY flexible working model where you basically decide for yourself how/how intense you want to work (ranging from part time work to multiple sabbaticals).”
  • “Best: Salary progression, high variable part especially after promotions, variable part fully dependent on individual performance.”
  • “Compensation is very attractive.”
  • “Parental leave policies vary and are in some places only marginally better than government mandated. Parental leave policies are not always competitive vs market.”
  • “The compensation at Bain is generally pretty good.”
  • “Three words on Bain compensation: Meritocratic, Fair and Competitive.”
  • “Very competitive compensation, on the back of healthy firm economics.”
  • “Bain's national and international training programs are world-class. I'm always amazed about how much time & investment the firm puts into global trainings, making sure we connect with our peers globally on an almost annual basis.”
  • “Great investment from everybody in the company, but particularly senior leadership to coach and train upcoming consultants to really develop a shared career path.”
  • “Bain has fantastic training and career development support initiatives. There is a formal training every ~1 - 2 years usually located abroad, and shorter trainings available every month or so as needed. Bain also has a formal mentorship program whereby every consultant is assigned a mentor to advise on career, case and life circumstances.”
  • “There is a thorough training programme and intense focus on personal development to ensure you're supported and on track.”
  • “They provide every help they can, one just has to ask for it. Bain offers a direct personal development advisor, a mentor and additional support from a third party service not just for the time at Bain, but also thereafter.”
  • “Transparent promotion process and extensive international training opportunities.”
  • “100% transparent promotion criteria, applied the same to men and women. Several unconscious bias initiatives and mentorship focus by senior management for females.”
  • “Currently limited diversity in the office, especially at senior levels (i.e. partners / directors). However, the firm recognises this and are actively launching initiatives to address the balance and remove barriers for women / PoC to reach senior levels (i.e. more diverse hiring, equal paternity leave etc.)”
  • “Gender parity and equal opportunities is a top priority for Bain.”
  • “Review process works in a very standardized way with committees deciding across all people on the same level, so no ability to discriminate against any individual.”
  • “Women@Bain is a global program with full senior backing and attention.”
  • “Bain is always forward thinking and agile enough to adapt to new circumstances and environments. The COVID-19 crisis again showed how quickly we were able to mobilize and generate world-class IP. Given the tight-knit community and ‘one team’ spirit, I also believe we are best able to draw together the best of Bain globally within a matter of days.”
  • “I'm confident that we are in a strong position despite challenging market conditions.”
  • “We continue to invest to reinvent our business model. I am really inspired by our leadership team!”
  • “We have taken the right measures to protect the balance sheet (e.g., keep hiring to grow pyramid) while deprioritised non-core developments and tackled discretionary spend.”

Why Work Here


At Bain, we work with bold clients who want to define the future, not hide from it. We solve transformative challenges by working alongside our clients as one team with a shared ambition.

Our commitment to diversity, inclusion and collaboration is key to building our extraordinary teams. We hire people with exceptional talents, abilities and potential, then create an environment where you can bring your whole self to work.

We know your priorities can shift as your life changes. At every point, we make sure you have what you need for a long, productive and fulfilling career with us.

We never let one another fail. It’s a simple motto, but one we live by every day.

Getting Hired Here


  • “Bain is good at providing timely feedback on decisions and performance at interview.”
  • “Balance between great problem solving and people skills.”
  • “They only look for top-5% university graduates that fully fit the firm’s values.”
  • “Big focus on personal fit, beyond that the typical case interview questions.”
  • “Classical case interviews with 15 minutes chat, 20-25 minutes case interview and 5 minutes for questions. First round, two interviews with consultants and second round, two interviews with partners.”
  • “Market sizing of affluent segment for banking services in a given country.”
  • “The recruitment process for consulting involves a first and second round. Both rounds include a number of case study interviews and well as some competency / behavioural based interviews.”

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