Case Team Leader, Chicago
Bain is a real roll up your sleeves kind of place, where I knew I would get exposure to the real work done in a variety of industries and companies.
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Upon graduating business school, I wanted a job where I could continue learning and accelerating my career. Although I had developed some areas of interest, I had some doubts about committing to a particular industry or functional area so early in my career. Bain is a real "roll up your sleeves" kind of place, where I knew I would get exposure to the real work done in a variety of industries and companies. Also of all of the consulting firms, I "clicked" the most with Bain's down-to-earth culture and its fun-loving people.
I have always been passionate about international experience and languages, pursuing this passion through travel and international assignments in college, business school and my post-graduate career. The more I experience other parts of the world, the more I understand about myself my own background in a broader context. Bain's globally integrated business has allowed me to continue pursuing this passion post-MBA. From working on cases with teams in Sydney & Hong Kong, to discussing professional development with a Brazilian colleague at global training, to spending 6 months in Brussels on experience transfer, Bain has not only supported my passion, but really taken it to a higher level.
My favorite case
On a recent case, I had the opportunity to present our team's work to the Chief Marketing Officer of a $25B+ revenue global consumer products company. It was thrilling to hear the CMO react to our ideas, add his perspective and thank us for our hard work and insight. He was so pleased with the final output that he set up a separate follow-up meeting for us to present our materials to the CEO. Seeing how our work is viewed at the highest levels of management was extremely rewarding!
My personal results story
I was staffed on a merger integration, helping to join the sales forces of the target company (which used distributors) with the acquirer (which used a direct sales force) with as little negative impact to revenue as possible. After the deal was announced, our team had a daily call with the heads of sales and legal, in which we discussed that day's events in the field and how we should best react. It was exciting to act as a real-time advisor in such a critical situation. Even better, I got to see our joint advice acted upon within a day or two of discussion! At the end of our case, revenue attrition came in at 10% below expectation.
My perspective on diversity at Bain
One of my favorite things about business school was the opportunity to meet and learn from people from all over the world, with all sorts of backgrounds and perspectives. I'm thankful to have been able to continue that learning at Bain, where diversity of all kinds is supported both formally by the firm and informally through employee-led initiatives.
A final thought
When going through the formal recruiting process, meet and get to know as many Bainees as you can. That is the one true way to learn what makes Bain special (the people!) and discover if you can truly see yourself there.