The Most Popular Stories Of 2019

10) Meet Bain & Company’s MBA Class Of 2018

Bain has a reputation for being the “fun” firm. For some, that conjures up images of karaoke duets, fajita bars, and Friday tee times. That’s not really the case, notes Keith Bevans, a Bain partner and global head of consulting recruiting. “Bain is the type of place where people want to get to know each other,” he explains. “It is less about having a rock band or a soccer team. It is more about finding ways for people to spend time with each other and build relationships that extend long beyond their time at Bain.”

That quality time feeds into Bain’s defining quality: teamwork. It is a firm, in Bevans’ words, founded on a “deep, deep, deep belief that we get the better answers as a team rather than as individuals.” That requires a specific type of hire: curious and creative doers who bring out the best in each other. “Bain’s people and culture make solving the problems fun,” writes Rachel Yorke, a 2018 Harvard Business School MBA. “My teammates are genuine, supportive, and invested in my success both personally and professionally.”

Yorke is among the 12 Bain MBA hires profiled by P&Q this year. They include stars like Faye Cheng, an MIT Sloan MBA who re-joined Bain after graduation. She describes the Bain culture as a “results over reports” culture that emphasizes pragmatism over theoretical purity. “Real-world data is messy and ambiguous,” she writes. “At the end of the day, the best answer is not necessarily the one that’s textbook-perfect, but rather one that is feasible and best tailored to the client’s particular needs.”

Luiz Pablo Fabre, a Chicago Booth MBA who designed an award-winning medical device, considers Bain’s biggest plus being its focus on simplicity. “Clients don’t hire Bain to solve simple problems; the problems we tackle will always be big and complex. One of the most important skills I have learned is to distill the problem down to smaller, more manageable, elements.”

Here are 25 additional rankings-based and data-centric articles that were among P&Q’s most-read in 2019.

Harvard & Wharton Tie for 2018’s #1 MBA Program

The Top Online MBA Programs Of 2019

Average GMAT Scores At The Top 50 Business Schools

You’d Never Believe These MBA Applicants Were Just Rejected By Harvard Business School

Acceptance Rates At Top 50 MBA Programs

Harvard MBA Essay Examples

Stanford GSB Cruises Into First In P&Q’s 2019-2020 MBA Ranking

Stanford Repeats At No. 1 In Financial Times 2019 MBA Ranking

Wharton is US News’ Top Grad School

Best Investment Banks To Work For in 2019

Best Consulting Firms To Work For in 2019

10 Movies Every Business Student Must Watch

What MBAs Make At Top Consulting Firms

Ten Biggest Surprises In U.S. News’ 2019 MBA Ranking

INSEAD Leads 2018’s Top International MBA Programs

Businessweek’s New 2019 MBA Ranking: What The Tuck?

Average GRE Scores At Leading B-Schools

Pricing for a Top MBA Degree

Top 50 Consulting Firms To Work For In 2020

What MBAs Earn By Industry: A Look At Top Business Schools

The World’s Best MBA Programs For Entrepreneurship

MBA Admissions Advice & Info Hub

Big Surprises In Topsy-Turvy 2019 Economist MBA Ranking

How MBA Students Rank Their Business Schools

STEM MBA Programs At U.S. B-Schools



Comments or questions about this article? Email us.