Senior Associate Consultant, Melbourne
I chose Bain because of the people.
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I chose Bain because of the people; they are down to earth, fun to work with, and very intelligent. If you're choosing to pursue a demanding career such as consulting, it's important you choose a firm where you connect with the people and the culture. Personally, I felt a strong connection with the people I met at Bain during the interview process and as a result I am thoroughly enjoying my job.
At Bain I am passionate about pursuing a set of cross-industry and cross-capability experiences. I believe that by pursuing a diverse set of experiences as a junior consultant I am giving myself a well rounded business knowledge base that will be invaluable, regardless of what I end up doing in the future.
Outside of Bain I am passionate endurance exercise and keeping fit. I have participated in triathlons and long distance running events, including a marathon. I believe that being physically healthy is an important part of life. I am pleased that my interest in sport and physical activity has been supported by Bain. An example of this support is the Bain Melbourne office entering 5 teams of 3 people in this year's BRW Triathlon.
My favorite case
My favorite case to date was a consumer products case which required us to prioritize the attraction of different brands within a client's portfolio of food products. Our team was asked to evaluate the growth potential of a series of iconic Australian and international brands; as a direct result of our work brand strategy and investment plans were revised resulting in a visible change to in-store layouts. It's quite motivating to walk into a supermarket and see the results of our work!
My personal results story
My personal results story was with a client in a large Financial Services organization. The head of the company's distribution network was having trouble understanding the network's coverage; while he had heard anecdotal stories of areas with poor coverage, he had no way of knowing quantitatively how far each customer needed to travel to reach their nearest distributor.
Upon hearing this problem I contacted Bain's customer insights group in LA and asked them if Bain had access to any sort of tool that could help with this problem. The CIG showed me mapping program that I was able to use to move the full network of customer addresses and distributor locations. We then used this program with the business' regional managers to show them which areas needed additional distributors and a process was put in place to recruit distributors in these areas.
The mapping software was a powerful tool for the client and is still being used today.
My perspective on diversity at Bain
Bain is a tremendous supporter of diversity; this is something that is actively tracked and managed through the recruitment process and once people join Bain there are multiple diversity groups that Bain supports.
A final thought
Bain is an excellent employer out of university; management consulting is an exciting industry. I would encourage anyone with an interest in solving the problems facing the executives of Australia's largest companies to apply.