Booz Allen Hamilton
3.4 of 5 2,015 reviews
www.boozallen.com McLean, VA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 2, 2014
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74% Approve of the CEO

Booz Allen Hamilton Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Shrader

Ralph W. Shrader

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    Used to be a great place to work. Those days are long gone..

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is little to say that is good right now

    ConsUpper management does not care about career progression of teams actually doing the work
    High high high turnover rate of employees
    Recently changed the benefits structure, 401k plan is terrible now; removed profit sharing entirely

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive people more than a 1.5% raise, especially when you've laid off all their team members and they are doing double, triple work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The end of a once great company - or can new blood turn it around?

    Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsCarried personnel on the books during the great government layoff of 2013, lots of talented people, great clients, lots of opportunities for the company to grow their employees if they would only try

    ConsMoved people into jobs and teams they didn't have skills for during the great layoff, then started laying them off in 2014, talented people are not well matched between their skill set and available jobs, resource management isn't much help when you are out of work- they send you the same job list you can view online, teams do not want to pay for moves from state to state, company is risk averse - so little to no jobs overseas or in emerging markets, no training for leadership positions - no path for upward career progression - possible to stay the same level for several years as there is no path for promotion - lip service is given to intermediate and advanced stages for career progression but once completed, you find yourself still without a pay raise and without advancement to the next level, while your supervisor lags behind you in education, one of the few companies where academic credentials are only useful when they are trimming the middle staff, cut benefits under the guise of streamlining options with one choice of dental insurance, and one choice for vision which might be ok if you are in a metropolitan area but difficult in an area not near the East coast, cut employee profit sharing which was prorated in the first place to now a 401k match which only kicks in if you have uninterrupted employment with them all 365 days - not possible when contracts stop/start at the end of every fiscal year with the client, evaluations have been getting pushed back further and further with some staff not seeing one in over 1.5 years - of course that is directly connected with salary actions which kick the car for any raise down the road some more, fictitious cost of living % pay raises never happened, the further you are from Booz HQ the less you will enjoy the job, will never see leadership unless it is a winter festival party since we do not celebrate Christmas inside the firm, sensing sessions are done a couple of times a year via anonymous survey and of the hundreds of questions only the top 5 positive ones are shared via a mass email, most employees are upset but fear repercussions of the loss of job to speak up, best company status? Gym memberships, daycare, team events, these and other things must be only at HQ as they do not exist at other sites

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo through the resumes you made everyone post and realign talent with skill, when you have an open job, query your employees resumes first - so many times jobs could be filled but the incoming team doesn't want to pay for the move, offer advancement for those looking for opportunity, stop depending on yammer which is blocked at most client sites, offer a 360 review of all supervisors so their employees can rate them for once, offer at least 2 options for dental and vision, offer salary increase for those not requiring medical insurance as 1/4 of the employees have tricare, give raises, cut deadweight staff, create a proposal team within HR who would work on winning work freeing up client facing staff, mentor staff for progression - reach down into the Associate staff and start training some of these skilled people with graduate level education and client experience, allow innovation, dream again like you once did

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The worst experience I have ever had in my almost 10 years working in gov't contracts. DO NOT WORK IN PRICING

    Senior Pricing Analyst (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsThis section is non applicable as I cannot think of any pros of working for BAH.

    ConsWhere to begin.....no one, not your supervisor, not your career manager, no one has your back. This is something very important to have when you are just starting at a new company. Client Staff can notify you of a change literally less than 60 minutes before a deadline and it will still fall on you....no matter what. And it will be counted against you and client staff will not even be questioned.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave your employee's back since they are the ones in the trenches all day actually doing the work for you and making you look good. If you do not do this than you will continue to operate like a brand new company every 5 years, hence the 20% turnover rate.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Financial Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsThey had a benefits and compensation package that was fairly competitive and seemed on-par for their industry.

    ConsYour supervisor can approach anyone that worked with you and ask if there were any issues with your performance and/or relationship. This creates a very invasive and biased per-review performance. My impression working for BAH is that they only care about presenting a polished image than about the quality of their product.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBAH seems to attract the worst type A personality types that are only focused on profitability and care little for the employee themselves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    am I the only one who's ever left high school?

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
    McLean, VA

    Proscompensation and benefits were good, but if you're not former military, a suck-up, or a partner's kid, you won't go very far up the ladder.

    ConsHaven't seen a more insecure bunch of people since high school, but maybe they have reason to be? In my Division, there was one female Sr. Associate who basically ran the committee that performed everyone's annual reviews. While the other members of the committee were expected to be replaced approx. every two years, a charter member, she'd been on it for at least eight years! How's that for objectivity?? If she liked you, you were golden. If not, she basically ran her own private mafia (she’s actually Sicilian, too). Her undergrad degree isn't even in anything remotely related to business - it's in theater, but then, she's a great actress.

    Advice to Senior Managementjust because she started as a secretary and has a bunch of dirt on all the executives, stop letting this woman blackmail you (I don't see any other way she gets away with it!).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stay away

    Associate Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsECAP- But even this sucks since you have to wait 6 years to be 100% vested

    Cons- Compensation is a joke. People here leave because they know they can make more somewhere else. After a while the reason you joined, because of the "Name" becomes a horrible idea
    - Raises are only .8-2% a year- Again the compensation here is horrible
    - So much restructuring and re-orgs every other year that you just became another empty face among the huge crowd- Just another drop of oil in the machine
    -This is like office space, you will have 2-5 bosses to report to and have to comply with useless company surveys and activities that are a complete waste of time
    - The worst part is that every other week I see an email from someone in the company who has been with them anywhere from 5-17 years but because they are now on the beach or not billing are getting a "lack of work letter' - Pretty much if you stop billing you are dead here. No sense of loyalty whatsoever

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your people better, give more perks - The executive team is greedy so this is probably never going to happen.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Going Public: Bad Idea in 1970, Catastrophic in 2010

    Associate (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsOnce upon a time, there were pros. Not any more.

    ConsI was a relatively old hand when Booz went public in 2010. What transpired after that was a series of miscues that have damaged the company brand, perhaps fatally. The company's focus moved from client service to marketing and cost containment. Booz hired a bunch of new staff--and promptly had to let them go because they didn't have work for them. Brilliant move.

    Existing employees deemed "too expensive" were targeted for adverse performance assessments on grounds that ranged from absurd to surreal. Meanwhile, those that did bring in work were allowed to practically get away with murder--until they lost their golden touch, whereupon Booz revived all of the negative comments from their performance review and used that as justification for terminating them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo, hat in hand, back to Booz & Company and arrange for them to buy back the firm. Either that or have an updated Chapter 11 filing ready to go. You have to be worth a high multiple to charge that much. Newsflash: you've systematically destroyed the value proposition.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Avoid BAH if possible

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Fort Leavenworth, KS

    ProsIf you are looking for decent benefits and working only 40 hours per week then, the place is a good first job or stepping stone to something better.

    ConsExpect the pay to be below market value and no support when it comes to you achieving the career goals set forth yearly for your review. They are always advertising positions on their internal job board but, when you apply there is either no real job (just getting resumes) or you get one only for it to be taken away. You will be told it is a financial decision and you need to stay on the current contract. In other words, you are just a paycheck to them. Meeting with your CM or Sr. Associate about needing a change are met with "We'll see what we can do." Once again, there is no real intent to move you to somewhere where you and the firm can both benefit from your expertise. Instead, they attempt to temporarily appease you with award money and promises that they are "looking to move you over soon."

    Also, for a "consulting" company, this is one of the most technology behind companies I have ever worked for. They cannot figure out how to digitally sign documents. Everything is print, sign, scan, and then email (or snail mail). I worked in a company that was 1/2 the size and they could digitally sign documents.

    Finally, they will want you to pursue certifications that they want you to have even though you do not want them or interested in getting them. The idea is for them to market the certifications on proposals. Once again, they do not care about the individual; only what makes the firm look good on proposals and contracts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet your people truly pursue what technology interests them. Also, truly listen to them and make personnel moves based on career interest and if they can help the firm. Last, quit being so cheap and pay the market value for the area.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not the place it used to be

    Associate (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsHistorically, great people, great projects, great benefits, great work/life balance, and a solid reputation, but those days are long gone

    ConsIll-conceived focus on company finances to the exclusion of everything else has stripped away innovation, strategic thinking, and motivation for staff. If current leadership is attempting to undermine the company's success and longevity, they're hitting it out of the park: negligible raises, benefit cuts, lack of work letters for productive staff, a faux assessment process, negligible training and staff development opportunities, abusive managers, and more.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocusing on a time horizon of one week is not the same as long-term strategic thinking.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Engineer (Former Employee)
    Linthicum, MD

    ProsGot to work on cool projects in Aerospace Sector but the people I worked with made me hate my job everyday. Everyone has been there for way too long so it is impossible to relate. Got to work from home to save myself from dealing with the characters.

    ConsWorst place I have ever worked mainly due to the people. Senior levels only care about themselves. Everyone I worked with were Narcissists and full of themselves. Senior levels jump all over anything interesting leaving remedial type tasks to the new guy. Everyone is an "idiot" or "stupid" if you asked questions, accompanied with tons of trash talking behind people backs. Not a fun or collaborative environment. I could go on forever about the cons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetire and go see a therapist.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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