Senior Director of Global Recruiting, Los Angeles
No matter if you stay here for 2 years or 20 years, I know this will be a life changing experience.
- PROJECT EXPERIENCE
- WEEK IN THE LIFE
- MY BLOG
I chose to join Bain three times. The first time, as an AC, was because I thought it would offer me unparalleled learning experiences and that it would help me figure out what I "really wanted to do" when I was older. The second time, after getting my MBA was because I thought it offered me the opportunity to have large impact on important issues at a relatively early part of my career. The third time, after selling my company, was because of the people. There is no other organization in the world with such high caliber, motivated, ethical and fun people.
I do all kinds of things. I am a rabid follower of all of UC Berkeley's sports teams. I enjoy doing outdoor things like hiking, camping, scuba diving and anything else that has a cool view. I try to stay current on modern music, which is hard when you are in your mid-40's. I see every movie nominated for every academy award (though I usually miss a few of the documentary shorts and 1-2 of the foreign films).
My favorite case
I do work both on the Consulting side and the Recruiting side. On the Consulting side I recently had a great experience doing a Post Merger Integration (PMI) project for Skilled Nursing Facility chain..they had 23 facilities and they were buying another similarly sized company. It was great to see so much change happen in a short time and it was rewarding to see how excited the new company was to be part of our client. We really changed lives on that one.
On the Recruiting front, I have been excited to see how strong our results have been coming out of the financial crisis. Bain is clearly viewed as the best place to work despite the fact that we are not as large as some of our competitors. It is great to be on campus and tell our story.
My personal results story
I returned to Bain three years ago after spending the prior 8 years being the CEO of middle-market Television company. I left Bain as a Partner, having spent the prior 13 years to get to that point. I left because I wanted to see if the General Management skillset I had developed at Bain would be applicable in the outside world. I was excited to see that my time at Bain had done a great job of setting me up to be a good CEO. I was able to reposition my company, make the hard strategic choices and get them implemented. After getting the company turned around, we sold it. I then realized I missed the people so much at Bain that I decided to return.
As an example of Bain's flexible human capital strategy, I was able to return in a role that allowed me to take a "hand's-on" operational role (running our Global Recruitng) but also allowed me to be client facing as well. Few other companies would be that flexible.
My perspective on diversity at Bain
Diversity is critical to Bain's success. Our clients want us to bring all viewpoints to solving their toughest problems and we need to make sure that our case teams truly represent all perspectives. It is important that our Bain teams represent the same populations of the sources from which we recruit, and our efforts to do so actually make Bain a better place. It forces us to take a hard look at our human capital value proposition and focus on what is meaningful to our people. In that way, improving our diversity mix helps all of Bain.
A final thought
Bain is a great place to start your business career. The combination of deep learning, having an impact and connecting with great people is unparalleled. No matter if you stay here for 2 years or 20 years, I know this will be a life changing experience.
It isn't for everyone. The problems we solve are complex and require a unique way of thinking. The pace is aggressive and so you must be a hard worker to be successful. And you must get your energy from making change, both in the clients and in the people with whom you work. But for those who fit this mold, it is a job that is second to none.