Formed as a social sector-focused offshoot of Bain, The Bridgespan Group has emerged as the leading provider of services in its field. And with good reason: top talent from both the consulting and nonprofit worlds beat a path to Bridgespan’s door every year, hoping to join its ranks. While it can’t take them all, it does ensure that the firm continues to go from strength to strength.
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Each year, the Bridgespan Group stands out in our survey and rankings not just because of its commitment to social sector work, but to treating its consultants well. Insiders consistently point to a firm culture that is warm and supportive, while also valuing the ability to do work that makes a positive impact that goes beyond the bottom line for communities and organizations around the world.
Of course, social sector-focused work comes with tradeoffs in terms of financial compensation, but the true comparison for those weighing Bridgespan against competing offers is with the nonprofit sector—with access to senior leaders at leading non-profit organizations being one of the perks that the firm can offer.
All told, for those with a demonstrated p...
About the Company
Co-founder and managing partner of The Bridgespan Group, Jeffrey L. Bradach left his post at Harvard Business School’s Organizational Behavior and Social Enterprise Initiative department, where he was a professor, to start the firm. Bradach is widely regarded as a thought leader in nonprofit strategy, social sector leadership, and philanthropy, and is a regular inclusion on Nonprofit Times’ annual Power and Influence Top 50 list.
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Bridgespan’s mission began as—and still is—a dedication to tackling some of society’s toughest issues, including the breaking the cycle of poverty. In fact, the firm’s approach was the subject of two case studies by Harvard Business School. Their core areas of expertise include education; children, youth, and families; pu...
- “Amazing, truly caring workplace and incredible opportunities to make an impact in the social sector.”
- “Incredible place to get an ‘insider's’ view of the social sector (foundations, nonprofits, impact investors)!”
- “Nuanced, thoughtful and impact-equity focused.”
- “The genuine interactions with people and ease of building relationships in order to enjoy the tough work we are doing together with our clients.”
- “Warm, supportive environment where I can apply my consulting toolkit to personally meaningful, impact-oriented, mission-driven work.”
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- “All the normal strengths of a strategy consultant (analytical, sense for value, good teaming skills, EQ) + a strong passion for the social sector.”
- “I believe an enormous consideration for Bridgespan is a candidate's commitment to impact work and experience in the social sector, along with their analytical skills of course.”
- “Interview process is very transparent and rigorous. Timelines are articulated up front and there is a lot of consideration around preparation to make sure all candidates have access.”
- “Someone who is extremely genuine in their interest in and commitment to DEI and working in the social sector. They can probably tell who is primarily seeking to obtain a corporate consulting job instead.”
- “The firm is pretty quick with how they get back to you, they are transparent about the hiring and callback process, and I think the ideal candidate has an equity lens and is passionate about social change, while still maintaining a logical thought process.”