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Kyle

Manager, Houston

If you want any one thing too badly it's likely to be a disappointment. The only healthy way to live life is to learn to like all the little everyday things. double-quote-close

Why Bain?

Coming out of a business undergrad, I wanted to see how these principles worked in "real life". My primary interest was to find a job where I could learn as much as possible and Bain's emphasis on training fit the bill. I also wanted to experience a number of industries as I figured out my long-term interests.

My passion

I love the city of Houston and hope to spend the rest of my life here. It's been a blast helping start the new office, getting to learn from the experience of our managers and partners who have years of experience in critical Houston industries such as energy and healthcare.

My favorite case

My favorite recent case was helping develop a growth strategy for a company involved in the construction of oil & gas pipelines. The new ownership gave us free reign in our recommendations, from drastic changes in current business practices to expansion into totally new industries such as nuclear power plant construction. It was fun to see how quickly we could get knowledgeable on a business (pipeline construction) none of us had any experience with.

We ended up challenging some of the company's long-held beliefs on its business model and it was very rewarding to see the CEO begin to implement the changes we had recommended.

My personal results story

In a span of a year and half I have come a long way from a recent graduate with nothing other than textbook knowledge. I have been given a great overview into how large businesses are run in the "real world". I've been able to get a detailed understanding of a number of specific topics (e.g., large merger integrations, oil field services, upstream exploration & production). But most importantly, I've developed a comfort with my ability to take a difficult problem and come up with an approach to solve it. I think that's something I'll be able to use regardless of where my career ends up taking me.

A final thought

I think one of the best ways to learn is directly from others who have experience. For an undergrad, Bain offers an incredible opportunity to work closely with very senior and very accomplished supervisors. It's a great chance to learn from them, both in "the working world" and in life in general.