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Vault’s Verdict

In a year marked by economic uncertainty and some less-than-flattering headlines for some of its competitors, Bain has emerged from 2023 with its reputation at the pinnacle of the industry not just intact, but burnished.

Long known as the member of the Big 3 with the strongest commitment to training, career progression, and culture, Bain has managed to stay the course this year, with insiders noting that the quality of engagements on offer has not dipped despite the tough market conditions.

While the overall outlook for 2024 remains uncertain, there is little reason to doubt that Bain will continue going from strength to strength in the months ahead, making it almost irresistible for those looking to hone their skills at a true industry powerhouse.


Employee Reviews

Firm Culture

  • “A focus on delivering outsized results (financial or otherwise) by mastering the human element within our teams and with our clients.”
  • “Bain is an amazing place to work. There are highs and lows with the work, but the people and culture stand out above any other company I know.”
  • “Great place to learn and make a difference—either for your long-term career or outside of Bain if ultimately the choice.”
  • “This is a complicated industry, and the projects require people who are very open-minded to new ways of working, new industries, new clients... you can only be successful if you are willing to invest time in it, and to positively react to change.”
  • “Working at Bain has meant doing hard and impactful work alongside colleagues who are also dear friends.”

Quality of Life

  • “Best: We rarely travel thanks to our home office model, which does wonders for personal sustainability. I also feel like I get the appropriate amount of engagement and support from my supervisors.
    Worst: Our culture has changed a lot since our offices have gotten bigger. There is not the same sense of community, and a lot more is falling on the shoulders of the leadership team.”
  • “I definitely am pushed to learn quickly and produce an incredibly high-quality product, but there is an equally impressive push from all members of the team and leadership to make sure you are achieving your career and personal goals while making time for life and experiences.  Also, when hours get high, there is always a concerted effort to address that and balance it with easier weeks or early nights.”
  • “Limited travel, amazing people, great investment in building a winning culture.”
  • “Only travel when it leads to better client outcomes, respectful and encourages vacations, hard but rewarding career.”
  • “We work hard! Our clients only engage us for problems that are difficult to solve. It's an intense job. That said, we have good holiday benefits and we have a fantastic LOA policy that allows us to take longer breaks. I took 2 months off this summer and got a complete break and quality time with my kids. That is a real benefit of the job and Bain.”

Career Development

  • “Amazing investment in growing people and pushing them to new heights.”
  • “Bain & Company is the best company on the planet for talent development.  There is ample investment put into personal coaching opportunities, both formally and in the day-to-day work built on our model of apprenticeship, which is embedded in the company's DNA."
  • “Bain does an incredible job of providing formal and informal feedback and coaching. I have felt very invested in by all my supervisors and have been deliberately been put in roles that allow me to develop my weak areas while simultaneously showcasing my strengths. The culture of coaching and constant feedback is unique and one of the main drivers of why I love Bain so much."
  • “Extremely meritocratic, with a lot of opportunity stemming from the firm's very strong growth over time."
  • “Promotion rubric and comp is very clear. Growth opportunities are extensive. Firm is incredibly flexible about working around life.”


  • “I have no complaints about the compensation package.”
  • “Our regional profit-sharing plan is great for team members of all levels. It allows every individual to benefit from the great work and client relationships we build. It ensures our incentives across the full team are aligned on delighting our clients and getting to the best client outcomes.”
  • “The paternity policy (21 weeks) is far better than what my peers get.”
  • “They cover medical and dental at 100%, which is great and unheard of for many other companies.”
  • “We are well paid at Bain. As a partner, our comp system is based on principles and desired behaviors. That system, together with our strong culture, means that we are incredibly collaborative as a partner team and are always driven to bring the best of Bain to each client engagement. I see the more transactional comp systems of other consulting firms and feel incredibly lucky to be at Bain.”

Community Engagement

  • “Has invested significantly to both up recruiting and build programs to support and help all populations thrive at Bain regardless of background or affinity.”
  • “Longtime commitment from the top here with lots of attention and innovations.”
  • “Our DE&I efforts are extensive and have been increasingly effective.  That said, we have more room to go on ethnic diversity in particular, which will take time and will require more recruiting from more diverse institutions to achieve.”
  • “Significant focus on all areas with most success with women, LGBTQ and Vets. Strong focus on ethnicity too, with is visible in our hiring, promotion and performance management, although to date, results are still more limited.”
  • “We are deeply committed to broad DE&I efforts and outcomes. We have been focused on increasing the proportion of women for nearly 2 decades with meaningful results. The focus on some of the other minority groups is more recent and we are learning how to be most effective in supporting individuals and in transforming the ways we work to drive more equitable outcomes. It is a constant conversation at Bain. While we have a ways to go, I appreciate the effort, investment, and attention at the most senior levels, and our commitment to continuous improvement.”

Business Outlook

  • “Best aspects: a very open culture that still places a lot of importance on the individual and the community, in spite of being a large firm. Worst aspects: a sometimes-disengaged leadership when it comes to participation in events has damaged the morale, alongside the difficult economic global situation.”
  • “Outlook is tied to the market. Bain doesn't offer extremely small SKUs that our competitors might be seeing success with in this environment, however that also aligns with how we envision our work as teams and the impact we want to have with clients.”
  • “The firm has remained committed to people and teams (no layoffs as with other firms) and focused on continuing to reinforce teamwork and collaboration and culture and fun.”
  • “The macro economy is tough right now, but I'm confident we will weather it.”
  • “We have a good outlook overall, but we do index towards M&A, so need deal activity to bounce back to really grow at full potential.”

Hiring Process

  • “Two rounds of interviews, two cases and 'behavioral interview' for each round. Ideal candidate is smart, a good team player, structured and logical and humble.”
  • “For MBAs we have shifted to a first-and-final interview day (vs. two rounds). Format is two cases plus an experience interview. Callbacks are done within one to two days, but may be within a few hours.”
  • “Highly selective process to find candidates who have excellent problem solving skills, team skills, and client/communication skills.”
  • “Selection process is rigorous and competitive. In my large NA office, we receive thousands of applications for summer associate position and ultimately offer 25-30 MBA students each year. To get an interview requires impressing the firm in multiple coffee chats and performing well in multiple practice cases. Getting the offer requires knocking it out of the park in each interview. The people that make it through are as high caliber as they come.”
  • “We screen CVs to choose high-potential candidates that are called for a first round of interviews. This round consists of two case interviews with managers, who then make a decision of who goes to second round. Second round is similar, but with more complex cases conducted by our senior manager and partners. We send offers the day of the second interview. This whole process take about one week from interview one to offer. We are looking for people who are capable of dissecting a problem and asking the right questions to come up with an answer. We don't need business knowledge, but we do need common sense. We are also looking for someone who is capable of working in a team environment, receive feedback and act upon it. Finally, someone who is intellectually curious and wants to explore different projects and industries.”

Interview Process

  • “Case interviews.”
  • “Comprehensive case study interviews to test quant and qual abilities.”
  • “Typical consulting cases in two rounds.”
  • "We primarily (but not exclusively) use the case interview format.”
  • “We use case interviews. Some typical questions include: 'size the market for X', 'help me define a strategy for this company's growth', 'give me a recommendation to improve the margins of this company'.”
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Phone: (617) 572-2000

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Private
Worldwide Managing Director: Manny Maceda
2024 Employees (All Locations): 18,816

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