Associate Consultant, Brussels
At Bain, people are really open to whatever initiative you want to drive or get involved in.
My internship at Bain during my last year of university really convinced me that I liked both Bain and the management consulting industry. It was and is really a privilege to work in such an exciting atmosphere with great and enthusiastic people. While the work might sometimes be heavy, we always have a lot of fun, and it's very comforting to know that indeed "a Bainie never lets another Bainie fail."
Outside of work, I'm involved in the alumni organization at my university where I try to organize events that leverage the alumni network to assist new graduates. Next to that I usually have some side project running actively or at least in my mind.
Next to that I love to play sports and go out with friends for a couple of drinks.
My favorite case
I've had the privilege to work on strategy cases that all featured in the consumer or industrial goods atmosphere since the day I joined.
One of the most recent examples involved the strategic plan for an internationally leading consumer goods company's Russia division. They felt competitive pressure across segments, channels and geographies. As a result, they were doubting whether their assessment of the issue and the cause of this pressure was correct.
Together with them we analysed the situation through all the different possible lenses and identified a couple of root causes. In a second phase we jointly developed a tactical approach that would counter the current downwards trend, strengthen their position and bring them back to previous market shares.
My personal results story
At Bain, people are really open to whatever initiative you want to drive or get involved in. As long as you can convince people that it's worth the time investment, you will feel that support comes immediately.
Since I started, I've been involved with setting up a Twitter Feed for the Brussels office, a reverse mentoring program where AC's mentor partners, an office bicycle initiative and an across-office best practice survey.
In all of these projects I've immediately felt supported by a team of people willing to think ahead and constructively build results.
A final thought
If you doubt whether consulting is something you might be interested in, don't hesitate to test yourself by making the integrative exercises on our website, and during the recruiting rounds. If you like that type of challenges and the type of questions, that means you will like the job as well.
If you are already convinced consulting is the right job for you and you are wondering what firm to choose, my advice would be to simply talk to as many current and former employees as possible. It's my conviction that the people you work with are at least as much of a motivator as the job you will be doing...