Bain is UK's top consultancy to work for according to employees

06 December 2018 3 min. read
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Global strategy consulting firm Bain & Company has been named one of the best places to work in the UK. Employees polled by Glassdoor cited the firm’s supportive and ‘mission driven’ culture as reasons why they enjoy being ‘Bainies’ most.

The annual Best Places to Work list sees employment platform Glassdoor honour the top workplaces of the UK based on feedback from their staff. To compile the ranking, the employer review platform asks thousands of employees to rate how satisfied they are with their employer on a range of factors. This includes overall satisfaction with company culture, how well they feel their CEO leads, and key workplace attributes including career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, and work-life balance.

While consulting firms have traditionally performed strongly on these fronts, recent years have seen few members of the industry frequent the upper echelons of the ranking. Last year, only Capgemini, Capco and PwC managed to factor in the top 50. Now, the new 2019 list sees only one consultancy in the top 20 places, and only five in the top 50. While Arcadis, ArupPwC and Accenture all warrant a mention for their positioning in the prestigious list, strategy consulting giant Bain & Company takes the highest level of plaudits from the annual release, ranking second only to Anglia Water, and on the same rounded score of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Bain is UK's top consultancy to work for according to employees

Described in its Glassdoor profile as having a “fantastic culture, smart, motivated, inspirational people who genuinely care about each other and their clients,” the Boston headquartered consultancy first opened for business in the UK in 1979. According to its most recently published results, the firm boosted revenues by roughly £10 million in the UK, representing growth of 7%, to £149 million. According to reviews from the company’s Glassdoor profile, Bain’s best workplace features include an inclusive corporate culture, a diversity of projects, and supportive teams.

One London-based Bainie enthused that the firm’s office in the UK capital is “big enough to have a lot going on, lots of projects, great flow of people coming in and out the business (transfers etc.) and social stuff but a very supportive and mission driven culture where they encourage everyone to thrive.”

A Senior Associate in the same office meanwhile boasted that Bain is "a company that works hard and plays hard". They added it has “very supportive teams, and you'll make friends you want to hang out with outside of work. Unlike other consultancies, there is a central staffer that will sort projects, so no need to pitch yourself to partners to get onto projects.”

“You get to work on the most challenging, high-impact projects with the biggest and best companies in the world. The culture is amazing - I don't think any other high-performance company manages to balance your professional development, freedom to try new things and the supportive, 'family', environment that exists. Bain is truly unique in that regard," added a Bainie.

Another London-based colleague, this time a Manager, said, “Fantastic culture, smart, motivated, inspirational people who genuinely care about each other and their clients. Strong one team culture with a leadership team committed to developing talent and supporting individuals to be the best version of themselves.”

Last year Bain & Company was named the top employer overall in both Germany and the Netherlands.