Bain & Company Associate Consultant Intern (ACI) and Summer Associate (SA) programs Internship

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4.8 of 5 stars Overall Intern Rating (53 Intern Reviews)

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4.9 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

A Work-Hard, Play-Hard Summer at Bain&Company


Uppers

The balance of real responsibility and fun. I learned so muc and usually had a great time doing it.


Downers

I really liked everything about it.


Advice to Potential Interns

Bain is not only a well-respected company, but is filled with people who manage to balance an easy going, fun loving attitude with incredible work ethic and intelligence.


Would You Recommend

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4.9 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Incredible learning opportunity for creative problem solvers interested in business


Uppers

The culture was one of the best aspects - getting to know people who are so smart and interesting but also fun made my summer very rewarding. People at Bain are truly incredible. I felt that my work was appreciated and respected. My input was asked for by senior members of the team, and I received constant coaching and positive reinforcement.


Downers

It's difficult to say. The unpredictability of our work, not knowing where a case will go next, makes it exciting and at times a bit frustrating. But overall this is a very minor qualm.


Advice to Potential Interns

Bain is a place that values it's people. You will learn a lot. You will work hard. And you will also have a lot of fun. Most of the Bainies I've met are close friends outside of the office. The culture is very strong and open and welcoming. It really defines Bain.


Advice to Management

In all of the above areas, Bain excels. I would suggest that they delay some of our training to occur a week into the job. We front-loaded things that made little sense to us when taught before we began real work. But after a week, we needed help.


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

'Standard Case Experience' - Hard Work - Interesting - Fun.


Uppers

Given a substantial and important workstream of the case and a reasonable level of autonomy. The team was great to work with, it was a supportive and fun environment. Also doing very significant work for the client. The internship program was also fantastic.


Downers

I missed the up front team discussion of working styles and norms.


Advice to Potential Interns

Great place to work. The work aspect of the internship is 100% 'real' work and interns are slotted in as a true consultant. There is also some great intern programming which allows the class to get to know one another.


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

best high-profile generalist intern experience, where you are treated as an equal, not just a coffee boy


Uppers

Work/life balance; perks like overnight office retreat in the Poconos and fancy dinners; great exposure to senior leadership and mentoring opportunities; two days off for 4th of July; great pay; brilliant and charasmatic colleagues


Downers

Not much to complain about besides there sometimes long hours and travel requirements


Advice to Potential Interns

Be prepared to do whatever is asked for you, and have a good attitude about it


Advice to Management

Keep doing what you're doing - never underestimate the power of employee advocacy


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

A perfect mix of challenging and high-impact work with a professional development focus and endless fun with my case team and fellow interns


Uppers

-I was given the responsibility and freedom to act as a full-time colleague and add value to my team's work -My supervisor was very young and relatable, and made my experience one of his top priorities throughout the entire summer -The members of my team were great mentors, lots of fun, and very diverse/international -ACI summer programming and Samara Caplan (our recruiting coordinator): events were frequent (1+/week), fun and extremely well thought out


Downers

...I can't think of anything negative. Can't wait to start full-time next year.


Advice to Potential Interns

-People are truly happy to work here on a daily basis -- make sure to gauge whether that is really true at other firms, or if people are just putting on a happy face the recruiting process. -The exit opportunities are endless -- so, unless you are absolutely certain that you want to go directly into a particular industry after undergrad (i.e. private equity, tech, investing/hedge funds), there is no downside to interning and working at Bain full-time for at least 2-3 years to develop top-notch hard & soft skills and learn about a variety of industries -If you are set on consulting and trying to decide between top firms, and strongly interested in private equity for post-consulting, be aware the Bain has (from what I can see) stronger relationships with private equity firms than its competitiors. You also will get more exposure to private equity here, if you want to, since you can do a discrete ~6-month rotation during private equity work (not the same at other firms)


Advice to Management

No advice -- they literally make an effort to perfect each of the issues listed in this question on a daily basis.


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4.8 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

How to be a consultant


Uppers

The level of responsibility allowed me to truely understand what life as a full-time consultant will be like.


Downers

Being an intern is not fun, becasue it feels like, and is, an 11 week interview.


Advice to Potential Interns

Make sure you find the place where you are a best fit; find your natural owner.


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

#1 firm, #1, #1 experience.


Uppers

Mazing access to interesting clients and people


Downers

Nothing really to dislike.


Advice to Potential Interns

If you can get the job, take it. There isn't anywhere better.


Advice to Management

They are on the ball, don't need my help


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Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Incredibly supportive environment designed to give you an equal view of the type of work and the type of workplace


Uppers

The best aspect is that I am fully integrated into a team and able to own my own workstream, allowing me to truly appreciate the type of work I would be doing full time and feel like I am adding value to the team/client.


Downers

It's sometimes difficult balancing the desire to do the "real" work and to attend all of the additional events, whether they are informational, social, etc., within the ten week time line.


Advice to Potential Interns

Bain really wants the interns to succeed. If you feel that you are having issues reach out to people as soon as possible, there are resources everywhere to help you have a successful summer (from colleagues, case team members, C1's, AC's, etc.)


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Bain's ACI Program worth the hype


Uppers

The ability to have a meaningful impact on my team/client. The office culture which is unmatched. The bonding experiences with my fellow interns and all of Bain's employees.


Downers

The hours were long at times but I still loved every minute


Advice to Potential Interns

Just relax and remember that Bain wants you to succeed. They will put you in a position to grow and constantly challenge you to do better.


Advice to Management

Bain is already doing great, but should keep focusing on awesome events that bring the whole office together


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Bain Summer Camp


Uppers

Great pay, super fun, very little work


Downers

It only lasts 10 weeks and I have to go back to college afterwards


Advice to Potential Interns

Make Bain your first choice.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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