Booz Allen Hamilton

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Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
141 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is generally pretty good but also depends on the client you support (in 295 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 106 reviews)


Cons
  • The Work Life Balance that it promises is often not the reality (in 114 reviews)

  • It is not uncommon for a person to be hired and then let go in a few months for "lack of work" (in 49 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lead Associate 10+ Years @ BAH

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Executive leadership is for the most part is good and accessible. Positive change with new CEO for start of FY2016. Training and educational monies made available to staff are good but not the best in the market. Flex to work from home is good.

    Cons

    Poor benefits, 401k/retirement plan, poor work life balance boundaries. Don’t expect to be disconnected from the mother ship when you are on PTO. Core values with respects to people first feels more like DL & revenue first before you. If you are without a project, LOWs (Lack of Work letters) are sent out quickly. Minimal assistance from your team/direct leadership/resource management team with placing on you another project. Sad that they hire outside people and not help displaced staff be matrixed to new projects/work.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ask a current Booz Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Associate in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Lead Associate in McLean, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    to tell you about the HR survey results that came out

    Cons

    then make your own call on how good a company it is to work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay attention to the results of that survey or sell off the government sector

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Consultant (Contracts) Extremely Disappointing!! WORST Career Decision EVER.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant (Contracts Client Site)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant (Contracts Client Site)

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Matched my previous pay
    - Paid for my relocation costs (you have to repay it if you leave within a year)

    Cons

    Let me preface this with your experience with BAH is 100% dependent on your IMMEDIATE TEAM. I cannot speak for the company as a whole or upper management since I was only there for a little over a year. I've had friends who love BAH and friends who despised it; my personal experience was a complete nightmare and the worst career decision of my life thus far. I was hired as a Senior Consultant for the contracts management team.

    Before I came to BAH I worked for the government as a Contract Specialist. I had experience with supply and services contracts primarily in the R&D arena (CPFF, CPAF, and FFP contract types varying in complexity and size $150,000 - >$250M). I also had a good amount of knowledge in the pre-award process, solicitations, RFPs, RFQs, proposal evaluation, cost & price analysis, contract award, post-award management, FAR, DFAR, NMCARS, SPS/PD2.

    None of that mattered because once I started at BAH I was put on a team with a Team Lead who literally micro-managed every single aspect of my time at work and didn't trust anyone. One of the first things she said to me was "you need to CC me on EVERY SINGLE e-mail you send out," I thought she was joking and was about to laugh when I realized she was 100% serious. With all that experience I was only given tasks that I performed easily within the first 3 months of my previous government job. I felt like they didn't utilize my potential and knowledge base. To make matters worst my Team Lead was incompetent, she rarely did any work and would throw you under the bus in meetings if something went bad and personally take credit for things when they were good. She would CONSTANTLY ask ME how contracts were structured and how they worked and information about the FAR and DFARs clauses and how it applied to the contract and then VERBATIM repeat that to the client to appear intelligent. I always saw her on Facebook, shopping online, IMing her friends, or on her phone. She would always tell everyone how busy she was and how much work she had to do, but would do none of it herself and assigned the work to her team while she shopped online and looked at vacation places (and we were at the client site 100% of the time) which is extremely unprofessional. She would literally berate her team, including me, in public and yell at us whenever she was frustrated or stressed (about what I have no clue because she didn't do anything). If you didn't cater to her ego and do everything she asked without question she would write you a terrible performance review, have you put on probation, and eventually fired (which happened to my friend and teammate who, by the way, had a law degree from UC Berkeley so she was pretty bright). To make matters worst this woman was my Career Manager so I had no one to go to for help. I did have a talk with her about the whole situation and how I felt under utilized and how she treats her team and me, but that just made things worst. I looked into transferring to another team, but that wasn't viable if there wasn't a space available on another contract, department, or a need. Plus my current Team Lead was my Career Manager too so I could assume I wasn't going to get a fair recommendation. In addition, she was in cahoots with the Senior Associate and continually stroked his ego so I knew no one would have my back or fight for me.

    The last 9 months of this job was literally the worst in my professional life. I dreaded going to work everyday because of this person and would count down the minutes until I could leave. She also pretty much implicitly said you couldn't go out to lunch and to just eat at your desk. When you would go to talk to another co-worker she would come back after you left and ask that person what you were talking about. I was afraid to say anything at work to her or anyone else in fear that she would have one of her outbreaks and berate you. I was also afraid about how she would impact my career and mobility. I was literally mentally exhausted everyday and professionally depressed, not because of the work at all (which was mind numbing-ly easy) but because of this single person. Even though I made the team and her look good in front of the client and her boss with the sheer amount of contract mods I was doing, I knew what was going to happen come performance review time since I didn't stroke her ego, and asked questions when she didn't make sense. To protect myself I put in my 2 weeks notice right when my 1 year was up so I didn't have to repay the relocation costs and so she wouldn't stain my professional career with a terrible performance review.

    Overall, if I was put on a team that actually was intelligent and did meaningful work I might have had a different outlook which is why your experience here is really dependent on the team you get put on and the people you work with. Unfortunately, I was stuck in a hard place with no one to back me up which only makes you feel more miserable and hopeless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - See through the facade of the people with no talent or knowledge who just stoke egos to advance
    - Promote the people that actually are intelligent and work hard, but aren't the loudest person in the room
    - There needs to be some independent Career Manager or performance review structure so there's no conflict of interest and/or personal bias
    - Talented people leave even if they love the company, because of the bureaucracy and ridiculous office politics
    - Make mobility within the company easier if there is a conflict of personalities or the position just isn't a good fit / being under utilized, which will make your employees happier and feel more satisfied. Don't automatically back up the Career Manager or management just because they're in a higher pay grade, actually listen to your lower grade employees
    - Training in severely lacking and laughable. Everything I did here I learned from my previous Government job. I didn't learn anything new and the Sharepoints and presentations during meetings were like the blind leading the blind.
    - Be straightforward during the interview process about the specific team you'll be on (and actually allow the interviewee to meet them), job you'll be doing, and the hours you're expected to work (implicitly they want you to work more than 40 hours per week even if you have all your work done which I think is just dishonest when you're charging the government for those hours)
    - The amount of paid time off you get is ridiculously low and the "flexible work schedule" is a flat out lie.
    - I don't know how they charge for insurance or how they tax your earnings because when I had insurance with them I was making MORE money than when I stopped getting insurance from them and went on my husband's plan...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Discrimination

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in Herndon, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work is consistent and gives you a great learning experience.

    Cons

    Senior Management is not very helpful and does not allow you the opportunity to grow. They discriminate against their black employees and does not provide a cohesive work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote your black employees and provide a place that is not discriminatory.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    On the decline-Nnow Contractors and not Consultants

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Flexible work hours and ability to telecommute
    -Hoteling (work at closest office, drawbacks below)
    -Name Recognition

    Cons

    -Company has now turned into long-term government contractors/butts in seats, very little to no "management consulting"
    -Rapidly declining benefits (401k + health)
    -Arbitrary assessment and promotion process. No oversight for your career manager (who now decides everything)
    -Extremely high turnover
    -Extremely difficult to switch teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Morale is at an all time low. The only reason the stock price continues to go up while revenues decline is because you are taking money out of employees pocket's and putting it into profit and dividends for shareholders. There is a huge disconnect between Level 4s and above to everyone else below.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Allows you to have something to put on your resume so that you can get a job at a real consulting company.

    Cons

    Disinterested Partner, Lying principals, self-aggrandizing Senior Associates, back stabbing associate.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Run by green-eye shade accountants.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nothing. I could not recommend it to a friend.

    Cons

    Ebeneezer Scrooge was a spendthrift in comparison to current management. Forget the employees who actually make a profit for the place. This is all about Carlyle maximizing its returns while they run the place and its employees into the ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the place private again. Being publicly-traded is destroying the company's reputation as a top quality firm. It is now seen as just another professional services company. And it is seen as a cheapskate by the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    No job growth, all politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    I believe working in a corporate environment was the only added benefit, to learn how to work within a large company context

    Cons

    Company moral and respect for employees low; lack of employee diversity; no job growth opportunities; experienced discriminatory language from senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder to understand employee needs and growth expectations and make opportunities for growth and professional development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    I am somewhat satisfied with my experience at Booz Allen.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good name recognition among firms in DC.

    Cons

    Unsure if my skills are transferable.

  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Just another contract gig

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    None that I can think of, honestly, other than a paycheck, constantly eroding benefits, and low morale... Oh, pros? Never mind.

    Cons

    Constantly eroding benefits - did I mention that already? Told I was coming into a career situation with a great company, but turns out it's another butt-in-seat contract gig and I guess that's all I have to look forward to here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So long as BAH is publicly traded, there's no advice I could offer that would make a difference to the rank and file who makes the profits for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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