2023 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Dedicated, hard working individuals who sincerely care about their colleagues, both professionally and personally.”
“Intellectual challenge, affiliation, client impact, lifetime learning and teaching.”
“The people and the individual investment in your professional development/success.”
“A bit slow to change.”
“Growing quite quickly--both exciting and brings a lot of pain.”
“The hours and intensity (this is not specific to Bain).”
About Bain & Company
Bain & Company is a global consultancy that helps the world’s most ambitious change-makers define the future. Across 64 cities in 39 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 proudly maintains the highest level of client advocacy in the industry. While the firm’s client list is closely guarded, Bain is known to have worked with such prestigious names as De Beers, Dell, Ford, Charles Schwab, Starbucks, Del Monte, KIPP, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Bain touts a practical approach to client engagements and backs those claims up by measuring the results. According to the firm (and attested to by calculations from PricewaterhouseCoopers), its clients' stock prices outperform the market by four to one. Bain's sales and marketing cases deliver on average more than 25 percent revenue growth. Bain-supported merger integrations on average generate 20 percent higher excess shareholder returns Furthermore, 85 percent of Bain's performance improvement work produces yields worth more than ten times the fees charged for the work.
Bain’s distinctive Results Delivery® foundation is embedded into every Bain engagement. This approach focuses on predicting, measuring and managing risk associated with a change from day one which helps clients realize results more consistently and predictably than their competitors. Further evidence of the firm's confidence in its ability to produce results can be found in the practice of "tied economics"—something that Bain pioneered. To ensure alignment between a client's goals and the firm's work, Bain often takes equity in lieu of fees, which means that Bain is only successful when its clients are successful.
An entrepreneurial spirit
Bain has fostered its entrepreneurial culture since its founding when a handful of consultants left one of its competitors to build a new firm founded on the innovative principle of "results, not reports." At the time, Bain's approach was unique in the market—no other major players were attempting to differentiate in that way. That culture, and the transferable skills Bain consultants develop, is clearly a great benefit for those interested in pursuing their own businesses–in fact, many Bain alumni go on to be successful entrepreneurs.
Private equity leader
Bain was the first consultancy to work with private equity firms and has worked on half of the largest buyout deals in the last decade. The firm's practice provides fund strategy, sector screening, and deal generation, due diligence, portfolio company performance improvement, and exit planning for clients. Having carved a niche for itself in this area, the firm claims that its private equity practice is over three times larger than that of the next-largest consulting firm serving private equity funds.
Bain partners with organizations to develop and scale solutions to some of the world’s most important challenges. Under the umbrella of Further, Bain’s impact work includes sustainability and responsibility and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) support for corporate clients, pro bono consulting support for nonprofits, and a dedication to social and environmental standards with Bain itself. Bain’s impact work aims to create a more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive world. Many social pioneers often lack access to the type of strategic consulting that Bain can provide. This is why Bain’s 10-year commitment to invest $1.1 billion in pro bono consulting work is so important. From 2015 to 2021, Bain has invested over $600 million towards that commitment.
131 Dartmouth Street
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 572-2000
Employer Type: Private
Worldwide Managing Director: Manny Maceda
2021 Employees (All Locations): 12,000
64 offices worldwide
- Cost Transformation
- Customer Experience
- Learning & Development
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Private Equity
- Sales & Marketing
- Sustainability & Responsibility
- Aerospace & Defense
- Automotive & Mobility
- Consumer Products
- Energy & Natural Resources
- Financial Services
- Forest Products
- Paper & Packaging
- Infrastructure & Construction
- Machinery & Equipment
- Media & Entertainment
- Metals, Private Equity
- Real Estate
- Social & Public Sector