Bainies help other Bainies, plain and simple.
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I know of very few firms other than Bain which have successfully created a culture of results, high-performance, and continuous challenge yet maintain an incredibly strong team attitude in which no one lets another colleague fail. From top to bottom, every Bainie I have come across jumps at the opportunity to help another Bainie in whatever way possible, whether it is in understanding a complex business situation, crafting a solution to a client's problem, or helping alleviate some workload during peak periods. Bainies help other Bainies, plain and simple. This team attitude is what sets Bain apart from the competition and from countless other professional services firms.
A unique example of that Bain team spirit is the Bain World Cup. It is one of the many things that makes Bain such a uniquely great firm, and in my opinion, is the most fun event put on by Bain each year. The opportunity to mix with people of all levels from every office around the world during a weekend of intense soccer and even more intense fun is incredible. Bainies from across the world that I had never met have opened the doors of their homes and been incredible hosts to me and countless others who make the trek each year for this event. As a result, I have developed friendships and created memories that are truly remarkable.
I enjoy the constant challenge of working on our client's' toughest problems alongside the most senior members of the clients's organization. Bain constantly pushes you to stretch yourself and continue developing your general manager skill set. As soon as you start getting too comfortable with a client, an industry, or a particular case, Bain does a great job of moving you on to the next case, where the next challenge begins all over again.
Outside of the office, I love playing sports in the evenings and weekends, primarily soccer, golf, and tennis. In the winter, I try to go skiing as much as I can. I'm also a big fan of the arts, and have been playing the piano since I was 4.
My favorite case
I have been fortunate to be a part of two demand-based transfers, one to Switzerland to work with an airline client, and one to Amsterdam to work with a brewery. In both cases, I was part of an international, multi-office team. The Amsterdam case experience was particularly exciting, as we advised the client on the largest potential acquisition in their history. The project required working in close collaboration with a large team from the client, as well as significant travel to Latin America, where the acquisition target was based. The combination of living in and travelling to multiple foreign countries, the incredible people I was working with (both from Bain and from the client), as well as the exciting nature of the project (M&A due diligence) made for one of the most exciting experiences of my Bain career. We added a tremendous amount of value for the client by creating for them a uniquely new approach to due diligence, and we left behind a legacy that they have continued to use in subsequent M&A activity since.
My personal results story
I have had a very vast and diverse international working experience. As an AC and Consultant, I have worked with 4 different airlines in Mexico, Central America, Europe, and the U.S. I have also worked with a large international brewer based in Europe, a national U.S. homebuilder, a retail department store in Mexico, one of the world's largest telecoms, and two different aerospace and defense contractors. I have worked on a broad set of projects including operational turnarounds, growth strategies, M&A due diligences, and performance improvement projects.
Throughout these vast experiences, I (as a member of the Bain team) have found ways to create lasting impact for our clients. Whether it was through cracking an intellectually challenging problem, convincing senior client members of a recommended action, or working with (and sometimes leading) clients to action, I have successfully helped drive value for our clients.
A final thought
My advice to recruits is to place people and culture at the top of the list when choosing between firms. In an industry where people are a firm's primary assets, choose a firm whose assets you value the highest. Working alongside people who will challenge you intellectually, develop you professionally, and whose company you enjoy creates an extremely rewarding environment that is not easy to find. At Bain, you can find this environment, which for me has made all the difference.