What makes it great: The consulting bastion known for its results-driven approach gives B-school grads a chance to make a difference, whether through social impact or a company’s bottom line.
Bain & Co. found itself in the spotlight during the 2012 election, since Republican candidate Mitt Romney worked there before leaving in 1985 to co-found private equity firm Bain Capital. The two companies are separate entities but Bain & Co. isn’t a stranger to the world of private equity. It’s the largest consulting practice serving buyout funds -- a big plus for MBAs who want to break into the private equity industry.
Roughly 15% of Bain’s alumni work in the sector and its Private Equity Group rotation provides consultants with a deep dive into the business, exposing them to research, deal structures, modeling and due diligence.
What they're looking for: Bain looks for candidates with sharp problem-solving skills, a track record of making things happen, strong leadership experience and solid people skills.
"We look for people who have shown they're good listeners and who have a desire to be a partner with organizations, because that's what it takes to create change," says Russ Hagey, the firm’s chief talent officer.
Bain’s been hiring at a record pace. The firm recruited nearly 400 MBAs for full-time positions during its last round and Hagey expects hiring to be "north of 400" for the class of 2014.
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