I have been working for more than 4 years at Bain Italy (Milan office), including a 6 months transfer to the London office. I got into Bain straight out after university and it has been a very rewarding experience, both in terms of professional and personal growth.
Bain is currently positioned to serve all range of clients (private equity, fashion & luxury, financial services, utilities, oil & gas, telco, retail, consumer goods, aerospace, financial services...), running projects both at the strategic and operational level, with a strong bottom-up approach (=> ability to work across the organization, engaging executives and their operating teams on a regular basis).
Projects types include:
- Strategic / Industrial plans
- Company due diligences
- New Markets / Sales Boost
- Digital Transformation
- Customer Experience Redesign
- ... and many many others
Personally, I didn't focus on a specific industry until the last 2 years of my career. I had the chance to rotate across multiple teams and learn how to work with different managers and partners. Other colleagues, instead, joined Bain with a strong preference for an industry and specialized earlier.
International projects exist (mainly Europe, but also Middle East or Asia). Most of the cases, the need for an international project could rise from an Italian client (e.g. need to open a new branch in a new continent, ...) or to share expertise (e.g. Paris office might need Italian colleagues, who are already expert on a specific topic, to support another team working on a French client).
Culturally speaking, Bain Italy today counts around 470 employees, split between Rome and Milan. The company culture is very entrepreneurial, with a strong focus on results delivery. Rotating across multiple industries gave me the chance to make many friends with whom I still keep in touch today.
Bain Milan will move his office from the historical Via Crocefisso to Piazza Cordusio starting from next year. The new office will also host a new Digital Innovation Hub. For more info: http://bit.ly/36oLdq7
For more info about the history of Bain and its future plans, I suggest you to read this article: http://bit.ly/2C0VjPN
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