Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Horacio D. Rozanski
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Pros
  • Work-Life balance is pretty awesome (in 295 reviews)

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

Cons
  • It's challenging to find proper work/life balance (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. Helpful (3)

    Get some experience, then find a better job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are still good people who try and do good work, but then they all leave. This is good when you need to tap into a network for a new job.

    Cons

    I’ve encountered enough incompetent people at the mid/senior-level management tiers (Associate/Lead Associate/Senior Associate) over the past year or so on multiple projects in different markets to make me wonder if it’s a systemic issue across the firm and not just an anomaly. By incompetent, I mean people who have no idea how to manage a client or don’t do any work, for example. Booz has also become an industry laggard in terms of compensation and benefits, and their internal surveys reflect employee dissatisfaction in both areas. We shouldn't have to get another offer from another firm before getting a pay increase. People are openly mocked for taking more than 2-3 consecutive days of vacation. Some people are still using laptops that are 4-5 years old.

    Advice to Management

    For people thinking of joining, join and get some project experience, and then find a better paying job. For management, pay people based on what the market is paying, and reward good work. Ensure people are promoted based on demonstrated competence in their jobs so that we don’t have to work with incompetent mid/senior level people. Believe in/invest in your people – after all, consulting services’ main “product” is their people. Provide us with a mission statement that is worth fighting for – and this message should not be enriching shareholders/upper management at the expense of employees.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Mehhh

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Booz Allen Hamilton has a very strong and interesting Corporate Culture. It's kind of like a fraternity, but you definitely have to wait your turn for kudos and promotions.

    Cons

    Not a very merit-based organization...unless you bring in money, but actual on-the-job performance is not rewarded, only BD. This makes it difficult morally to work for a client for their best interest when you are being pressured to find more ways to expand the scope of the contract or take it away from the incumbent.

    Advice to Management

    Quit being so Machiavellian about everything. Treat small companies better instead of cutting them out of every contract you are awarded. You have a bad reputation for being so cut-throat and other companies don't trust you. The government is getting wind of this as well and from what I've seen as a SETA contractor, you've given some clients reason to doubt your true motives. Are you in their facilities for BD, or for service? From what I've seen, you are much more concerned about creating inspiring Powerpoint Promises than you are about actually delivering within time and scope. Just my 2 cents.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Internal politics and management changes can damage forward progress

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some teams have budget to work with.

    Cons

    - Some teams don't have budget to work with. - Internal politics can get in the way of positive change.

    Advice to Management

    Management changes for the sake of change isn't always the right answer


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Okay company but full of bs

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reputation, some good contract opportunities, nice people

    Cons

    Low pay, not a lot of opportunity to move around as advertised, no supervision from senior leadership so mid-level managers can run amuck and chase great employees away. Some of these senior associates do not deserve their roles.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees and enforce ethics code. When a senior associate has 4+ complaints by women in a years time obviously something is wrong. Remove the associate instead of letting employees go after being threatened!


  6. Helpful (7)

    High turnover, losing spot as industry leader

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good diversity of work - Good access to leadership - Training readily available - As far as consulting goes, probably the best for work/life balance (except for during proposal season!)

    Cons

    - Brutal entry level salaries with some teams, there is no consistency. For example, some teams within the same market bring on new hires based on experience and education. Others do not. There is no reason somebody fresh out of school should be making the same as someone with a graduate degree and a year or two of relevant experience or several years of work experience. It is also hard to comprehend why teams in the same market/client space bring people on 20-25% higher than others. As a career manager, we've brought these issues up to leadership who ultimately don''t act on it. That leads to managers not taking the time to invest in the staff they manage because they know they will be gone in less than a year. - Massive spike in health premiums - Depreciation of 401k plans - Very little time to find new work

    Advice to Management

    Leadership still touts Booz Allen as the industry leader, where as in reality we are falling behind in many, many categories. People talk about the good days at Booz and how everything has changed - going public was (from a morale standpoint) was one of the worst things the company could have done. People should be excited about the future, not looking backwards and saying 'how I wish things didn't change.' Firm turnover is at an appalling rate, if you want to develop young talent, you have to give them a reason to stay.


  7. Helpful (2)

    It's OK, but not great

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting variety of clients and client problems, flexible hours (depending on team/manager), nice colleagues

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive, nor is compensation process transparent (some are more successful than others at negotiating raises, etc., and new hires can be paid more than those who have been at the firm longer). Whatever gains I've made in salary after three years at the firm have been lost due to increased healthcare costs. I can't afford to stay at Booz Allen

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the high premium high deductible healthcare plans; my costs more than quadrupled in a year. It's a slap in the face to staff who signed up for a company thinking they were getting good benefits and were willing to forego higher salaries


  8. More prestigious than it deserves

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy work with good benefits

    Cons

    Slow, a lot of fluff


  9. No growth

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    if you like routine, this is the place for you work stays at work

    Cons

    no growth opportunities a very butt-in-seat culture


  10. Helpful (2)

    Horrible work environment

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good health insurance Good training provided

    Cons

    If you are not in tight with management they treat you horribly.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees fairly. They are people too.


  11. Helpful (1)

    incentives are low

    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -public sector clients - minimal travel

    Cons

    - low pay - bureacracy



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