2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Brilliant people, engaging culture, and challenging work.”
“Leadership engagement and investment.”
“Incredible opportunities to have an impact, learn, and grow.”
“We are conservative when it comes to change—we test and learn.”
“Work/life balance issues due to being in client services.”
“Travel is extensive.”
“People I've known at Bain seem the most satisfied.”
“One of the best, heavy emphasis on culture…”
“Best-in-class management consulting; Strong in PE.”
About Bain & Company
Founded in 1973, Bain is one of the world's most prestigious consulting firms. The firm's 12,000+ employees help the world's top business leaders make big decisions that will direct their organizations' futures, and then help them realize those strategies—marketing, operations, organization, technology, mergers and acquisitions and sustainability.
Bain has worked with more than two-thirds of the Global 500, thousands of regional and local organizations, hundreds of non-profits, governments and private equity funds representing 75 percent of global equity capital. With 59 offices in 37 countries, Bain works alongside clients as one team with a shared ambition to achieve extraordinary results and redefine industries. Bain’s 10-year commitment to invest over $1 billion in pro bono services brings their talent, expertise and insight to organizations tackling today’s urgent challenges in education, racial equity and social justice, economic development and the environment. 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.
That global reach also translates into plenty of international experience for Bain's people. Bain reports that over half of their consultants worked internationally last year and their career aspirations are expertly tailored via Bain's unique home office model.
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.
Transformative social impact
Bain partners with organizations that have pioneered and scaled models of change that demonstrably work, but which often lack access to the type of strategic consulting the firm can provide to help them reach full potential. This is why Bain’s 10-year commitment to invest $1 billion in pro bono consulting work is so important. Bain’s social impact work focuses on two critical issues: improving the futures of underserved children and youth, and fostering inclusive and sustainable economic growth. To tackle these issues, the firm has organized around three key areas: education, economic development, and the environment.
Bain works with environmental NGOs to strengthen their conservation efforts, and with corporate clients to embed sustainability and reduce environmental impact. The firm is proud to lead the industry on environmentally responsible practices as a Certified 100% CarbonNeutral Company® since 2012. In 2018 and 2019 Bain received a gold rating from EcoVadis, the leading platform for environmental, social and ethical performance ratings for global supply chains.
Bain Social Impact includes formal, pro bono casework alongside a grassroots infrastructure that enables its employees to further enhance their personal impact—through volunteering, fundraising and global externships–on causes that they are passionate about. The firm also maintains a close partnership with The Bridgespan Group, a leading non-profit consulting firm incubated by Bain in 2000.
In the News
Bain & Company launches new digital products and services business
“Bain & Company has announced the launch of Bain Media Lab, in partnership with full-stack deep learning company Hive. The new business will combine emerging technologies with powerful data sets to offer clients a range of innovative products and services.”
"Podcast Episode 33: Keith Bevans of Bain & Company Discusses Consulting, Recruiting and More (Podcast)"
“Don’t miss Clear Admit’s exclusive interview with Bevans below, in which he goes into detail about Bain’s MBA recruiting process, who makes a good fit for the role of consulting, what a typical consulting internship or full-time position looks like, how to connect with Bain and more.”
Diversifying Business Values in the 21st Century - Bain & Company’s worldwide managing partner is a man on a mission (WEF)
“Manny Maceda, Worldwide Managing Partner of Bain & Company, spoke about the dawning of the age of mission-driven firms at the 2019 World Economic Forum.”
Meet Bain & Company’s MBA Class Of 2018 (Google)
Keith Bevans, partner and global head of consulting recruiting, describes the importance of culture and being around the right people.
Tamar Dor-Ner keeps a keen eye on company culture at Bain
“Tamar Dor-Ner is intent on ensuring employees stick around for the long haul.“
131 Dartmouth Street
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 572-2000
Employer Type: Private
Worldwide Managing Director: Manny Maceda
Chairman: Orit Gadiesh
2020 Employees (All Locations): 12,000
59 offices worldwide
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