Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

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Booz Allen Hamilton Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Shrader
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    3.5 years, at least I got a clearance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    recognition, lots of contracts, stability during shutdown

    Cons

    snooty, cut throat, apathetic leadership

  2. Booz Allen is a different company now.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Flexibility of schedule and work from home is nice.

    Cons

    No sense of community, feels like a 'butts in seat' sort of place. Salaries were once strong, clearly feels like they are making an effort to change that. The

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the people below you; every manager is too focused on managing up. Change is health benefits will cost you dearly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 7 people found this helpful

    Some valuable work but gross mismanagement by senior leadership

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    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Booz Allen does provide excellent support in obtaining continuing education and certifications needed to perform work. Booz Allen still lives on its reputation from the past. It was once a thriving, top employee driven firm with the best and the brightest employees and top level benefits. If you happen to land on the right team and project, it can still be that way. However, as many others have mentioned, that is not the majority of cases anymore. It does have many offices and that can be helpful since employees can work at any location which helps with commutes. Some good managers still exist at the mid-level area in the firm and they do try to support their employees.

    Cons

    Booz Allen's entire executive management team needs to be replaced...including the recent promotion they had to CEO. They do not understand business strategy (and actually any leadership concepts) and you can't even discuss topics with them without a set of PowerPoint slides that "look pretty." When they say "strategy" at the firm, they really mean "organizational realignment" and not true business strategic planning. So....every year or tow, they move boxes around on the organizational chart and they change the names of the groups. I guess no one has read any Harvard business strategy publications. Shrader was an engineer and lived off the old general market strategy of using client relationships to win additional work. However, the market changed and when clients said they needed to save monies, they cut higher paid employees and still went for "generic work" that others can do. They also cut operating costs without understanding how their changes would impact the work environment for employees. Their strategy to hire employees without having any contracts to place them on was disastrous the first, second, and third time they tried this (it took 3 times of this insanity????). They will probably do it again too. Partners are so far removed from their employees and day-to-day work they don't know what proposals have true chances of winning and what skill sets their team members truly possess. How can you run a business that way? The leadership does not seem to understand that the employees that are available to work and that they are hiring versus the work they are selling is a huge mismatch. Then, they blame internal staff for the problems that they create. They continue to promote employees to higher level management that have no management skills and they do not apply performance measures to management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn true business strategy, create a strategic plan, use performance measures (hey - ever heard of a balanced scorecard?)...and do all this without changing the names of your divisions and calling that "a strategy."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful

    When it was a private company it was good, once it went public they no longer cared about their people.

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    Former Employee - Senior Network Security Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Network Security Engineer in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Plenty of support for the projects that you are working on.

    Cons

    BAH no longer values its employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful

    Lost Its Reputation

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    Former Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    When BAH was privately held, the reputation was valid. We were an ethical company that provided a good return on the clients' investments in us. The firm supported the employees with great benefits (ECAP) and kept people on when a contract ended or a position was de-scoped while they (both the employee and the firm) looked for another contract. I felt valued and well compensated.

    Cons

    That all changed when the Carlyle Group bought out the private side. After a couple of years, the BAH leadership took the firm public. And everything went downhill from there. It was clear that the shareholders were the most important part of the equation. People were no longer kept on whilst looking for another contract, wages began to freeze, raises (if you were lucky enough to get one) went from 6% (my average) to 1% within a year (and I had the best performance review I'd ever had!). The quality of people hired was far below what it had been due to the lower salary they began offering. Many of the best leaders left the firm or were let go after years of employment. Benefits were cut drastically. The ECAP became a 401K with standard matching. With ECAP, the firm contributed an average of 10% of my salary while I never contributed a dime. With the 401K, I was required to contribute and with the matching, the total was far less than the ECAP.

    Even though the compensation and benefits decreased, the expectations of the firm remained the same: MUST work on proposals (above your billable hours), the assessment process ("revised" almost annually to "improve" the process) remained time consuming and ridiculous (even though one can only record 8 hours for the effort), and the ethics which had been so valued began to erode. I personally brought an ethics violation to my management, it was investigated, and even though all agreed it was a serious violation (on top of other well documented performance issues), the firm decided to retain the employee because "we need the billable hours he/she brings in".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go private! It was a disaster the first time and it's a disaster now. Clients are starting to realize that the Booz Allen Hamilton they thought they knew is no longer. Become ethical again! Get rid of unethical employees and show those that are ethical how much you appreciate them. It's sad what has happened to a once great company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. My role was to assist BAH recruit and hire top level talent.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    BAH has high quality individuals that work for them.

    Cons

    BAH did not provide realistic personal growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BAH should focus on creating a culture that offers flexibility, work-life balance and an atmosphere of high growth and employee engagement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Gone downhill over time

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Good experience if you have no work experience, everyone else will be frusterated.

    Cons

    No ability to move between projects, benefits constantly cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to investing in your people instead of issuing dividends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful

    Struggling to get back to the old days

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Lots of talk about returning to our innovation roots
    People still mostly care

    Cons

    Misfires all over the place on the wrong incentives and motivations for employees
    Little to no focus on retention, serious brain drain
    Leadership at times comes across as glorified project managers from yesteryear, not professional business leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all the legacy leadership and hire professional business managers
    STOP all the programs that are voluntary around innovation, mentorship, etc, and actually pay people to do the extras required for real innovation
    Return private, the quarterly performance drive is KILLING the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Losing its charm

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Large footprint with a lot of reach back capability

    Cons

    Losing its perks, stove piped capabilities, and becoming a labor factory

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go Private Again!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    A good ol' boy system with limited growth

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are numerous opportunities within the SIG and Commercial groups. The same is true of the DIG or government group but they have undergone changes after the leaks and government shut down. They offer competitive pay if you know what your own market value is. The work-life balance can be good depending on which team you are on.

    Cons

    The changes to the medical and retirement plans over the past few years have been horrible for employees. When first joining the firm, you will have little to no say over what you will be working. Opportunities only exist to those who know the right people, which can limit advancement and/or lateral movement. Career development opportunities are dependent on the group, contract, and team you are apart of. The development plans promoted by corporate are more or less useless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In this type of company, you sell the skills and services of your people. It might not be a bad idea to invest more heavily in growing and maintaining that asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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