2019 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
"Incredible learning and impact."
"Amazing culture—people truly care.”
"Incredibly smart people."
"Hard work. Little coasting permitted."
"Hours on the longer side, very high standards that don't always make you feel like you're crushing it.”
“Variability between cases can be challenging.”
"One of the best hands down."
"Gets a bad rep for being intense."
"Take them seriously."
"Big 3. Top of the top. The fun one."
About Bain & Company
Founded in 1973, Bain is one of the world's most prestigious consulting firms. Today Bain & Company is one of the world's most respected companies. It partners with clients in sectors representing 90% of the global economy with offices covering 97% of the world's GDP.
The firm's 8,000+ employees help the world's top business leaders make the 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 notable regional and local organizations, hundreds of non-profits, governments and private equity funds representing 75 percent of global equity capital. With 56 offices, Bain experts work across every economic and industry sector, from media to healthcare to alternative energy. While the firm's client list is a closely guarded secret, word has leaked about some of its clients, including 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. The firm reports that over half of their consultants had the opportunity to work internationally last year and their career aspirations are expertly tailored via Bain's unique home staffing model.
Impactful, supportive and unparalleled future career opportunities
When people join Bain they make an impact from day one - within their teams, clients, personal development and the creative solutions they'll bring. The support they'll receive via global training, from their teammates, mentors and staffing manager will be second to none. And a career at Bain will set them on an unparalleled path for future success - whether at Bain or within the ranks of their impressive global alumni network.
Bain touts a more practical approach to client engagements than some of its rivals-and it 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. Other eye-opening stats from the firm include claims that: 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; and 85 percent of Bain's performance improvement work produces yields worth more than ten times the fees charged for the work.
Bain states that delivering results is at its core, and as such, its 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. Today, Bain indicates that almost half of its global revenue comes from clients where they have some at-risk work in place.
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, often after only two or three years of Bain experience. As Bain alum and founder of Pencils of Promise, Adam Braun, said, "If I wanted to start a great nonprofit, it couldn't be run by passion alone. It needed to be run with the same level of diligence, structure and commitment to results that the best for-profits are run with. The best place for me to learn that was working at Bain."
Private equity leader
Bain was the first consulting firm to work with private equity firms, and since then it 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 quite a niche for itself in this area, the firm claims that its private equity practice today is over three times larger than that of the next-largest consulting firm serving private equity funds.
Transformative social impact
We partner with organizations that have pioneered and scaled models of change that demonstrably work, but which often lack access to the type of strategic consulting that Bain can provide to help them reach full potential. This is why our 10-year commitment to invest $1 billion in pro bono consulting work is so important. Our 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, we have organized around three key areas: education, economic development and the environment.
We work with environmental NGOs to strengthen their conservation efforts, and with corporate clients to embed sustainability and reduce environmental impact. We are proud to lead the industry on environmentally responsible practices as a Certified 100% CarbonNeutral Company® since 2012. In 2018 we received a gold rating from EcoVadis, the leading platform for environmental, social and ethical performance ratings for global supply chains. This rating puts Bain & Company among the top five percent of companies rated by EcoVadis, which monitors supplier practices across 150 purchasing categories and 110 countries on behalf of its 30,000 global partners.
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 a global externship program - 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, including collaboration on industry insights, joint case teams, shared training and cross-office transfers.
IN THE NEWS
Minneapolis-based Frwd to be acquired by Bain & Co.
Bain & Company acquires digital marketing agency FRWD to join their digital marketing practice. Bain’s established relationship with FRWD is describe in the Minneapolis Star Tribune article. Read more.
Women Strive to Narrow a Confidence Gap; Career experts and researchers focus on new strategies for women to shore up belief in themselves with confidence logs, brag books
“Some 63% of women enter the workforce with the confidence that they can rise to senior management, compared with 75% of men, according to a 2016 survey of 8,400 adults by Bain & Co. and LinkedIn.” Julie Coffman, a Bain partner and lead author, shares additional insights with the The Wall Street Journal Online. Read more.
How Bain Recruits MBA Talent
Bain is looking to hire more MBAs this year. Keith Bevans, a Bain & Company partner who leads the company’s global consulting recruiting efforts, describes Bain’s recruiting process to Poets & Quants. Read more.
Bain names Maceda global head
The Financial Times reports on Bain’s newly appointed global managing director, Manny Maceda. Read more.
How A Top Management Consulting Firm Is Helping Social Enterprises Thrive
Forbes sits down with Vikki Tam, a partner at Bain and head of its Social Impact practice, to learn Bain’s approach to social impact and future trends. Read more.
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Worldwide Managing Director: Manny Maceda
Chairman: Orit Gadiesh
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