Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
2,127 Reviews
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Booz Allen Hamilton Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Shrader
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is generally pretty good but also depends on the client you support (in 283 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 99 reviews)


Cons
  • Lots of relatively large changes over the past two years have impacted benefits and work-life balance (in 103 reviews)

  • lack of work opportunities for personal growth and promotion, too many staffing levels (in 44 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lethargic industry, poor internal organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    No need to travel much is a plus, and the benefits are decent.

    Cons

    In my personal experience, nobody at the company cares whether or not you are there, and middle management is exceptionally poor. I was placed on a client site 100% immediately after orientation (which failed to teach me anything important about the company's operations), and am now in my 11th month on the same project. My manager was fired a few months into my time here, before ever having a one-on-one discussion with me for even 5 minutes. Her replacement, who works out of a Booz office maybe 10 minutes away, has not bothered to visit our client site or invite me to his office, and the middle manager between myself and those folks has never shown an interest in learning what skills I might or might not have. The company is heavily focused on federal contracting, and has no strong incentive to stay more than just a notch above its inefficient clients in terms of delivery. Compensation is also poor vis-a-vis the consulting industry at large, and there seems to be no consideration of value for a non-MBA higher education degree, even if directly relevant to work being performed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to even pretend to take an interest in the employees you have, and you may find some obvious assets sitting right under your nose. Buy what you're selling.

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

    Senior Consultant - Very Immature Management Team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Great pay (at the time), job would be great if I could make sense of the very complicated and cut throat political environment. For those who navigated that well, saw much success.

    Cons

    Immature management team (local team), slander, disorganized. Manager was harsh, passive-agressive in nature. There was also another member of my team that acted as the "team mom'. She took it upon herself to direct team members and caused even more dissatisfaction amongst the team. No clear direction of team objectives or direction....just told to put on a good "face" for the team and look busy....what does that mean?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please don't put immature young people that think they know what they are doing in management positions. managers not only need to be very capable in their expertise, but also NEED to understand how to manage and lead teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    old company trying the learn new tricks

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - name / reputation
    - good management
    - great benefits
    - company does care for employees
    - still living off it good name from the past

    Cons

    - old methods
    - very military
    - stuck on government projects
    - Lots of micromanagers
    - you get the feeling that they are trying to catch up to Accenture and Deloitte
    - VERY conservative (suite and tie everyday)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 14 people found this helpful  

    Not the company that recruited me

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    My current management team allows me to be extremely flexible. I am part of a small client site team, which is preferable to the larger client based team I came from. My current client is amazing. Your client determines much of your happiness at this company. If you can find the time and receive approval from your management they do offer a lot of training. Everyone I've met as Booz Allen has been very nice. The health care benefits are great compared to many other companies in the DC area.

    Cons

    While nice, most people, especially management won't go out of their way for you. You are entirely responsible for remaining billable and seeking billable work, which can make the environment very cut throat. Overtime is expected all the time, not occasionally. The "work hard, play hard" mentality of rewarding hard working employees is long gone. Raises are contingent upon if your client agrees to the increase. The ability to occasionally work from home - for me - has never become the reality. My last contract did not allow for a good work-life balance, the client was awful, and I was pressured to not find a position more in line with my qualifications because they didn't want to have to find a replacement. I wasn't allowed to truly consult and provide recommendations or improve the processes I was hired to do so. Every time corporate takes away another benefit they try to "sell" the employees on how great it is to be more "aligned" to the rest of the industry. When I joined the company they had consistently been on the top 100 companies to work for. Not so anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. Many of us joined because you were better than the rest of the industry. The quality of your staff is decreasing as you decrease benefits and employee appreciation. Provide the job security, benefits, and flexibility you "assured" those that you hired you valued. Respect employees and our intelligence; quit trying to "sell" us on the changes - just tell us the truth and treat as us the adults we all are.

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

    Stay away, competitive culture, frequent lay offs, below to average talent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Can work from home at times
    Good for people in defense industry

    Cons

    If you're reading this, you have some level of career savvy. If you see a mixed bag of reviews(or below average), you're likely joining an average(or below average) company. Before you discover all of this once you join, think about staying away from Booz Allen. For reasons, refer below.

    When a company begins to make cuts on how it treats its people rather than invest in them, it's a sign that bad times are looming. When this happens, a good number of the most talented people usually leave(and they have been in the last 1-2yrs) and the average to below average stay. In an industry where people represent a key asset, it's a downward spiral for the firm from there. And it's been showing as the firm has been losing many many bids for work as of recently.

    Last year, the firm drastically cut salaries for a key position and it prompted many to leave.
    The firm cut its bonus plan to a 401k plan, it then cut that 401k plan this year.
    Career managers(people who are supposed to help you with your career) are a mixed bag. They're not really put in a position to value your career all that much, most are looking after themselves and aren't really incentivized to help you.
    People are fairly territorial with their work. Divisions compete with one another for work.
    Lay offs happen pretty much non-stop throughout the year. You see/hear people desperately looking for work all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Stay away unless desperate -- BAH is on the way out

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    A lucky employee will have a good "Career Manager". They will try to find billable work for the individual. Free coffee, paid parking. Lots of social events.

    Cons

    The unlucky employee, especially Consultants, are like a Styrofoam cup in the waves, but can succeed in a Dog Eat Dog environment. If you don't bring in new work you are out. Forget about raises. Lucky to get a space in a bull pen, fagetabout an office. Remember always our core principals and that you are just a disciplined pawn in a corporate ecosystem, disposable as any wildlife in the way of financial gain.There are a lot of leadership battles where interests overlap or conflict. Often people are dismissed in the wake of or or as part of a power play when these political issues arise.

    Good luck, potential employee. Keep your resume up to date.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise upper management, even if it impacts my role, ,my job, my life, to retract from expansions into non-core areas and return to the core businesses. The reputation that BA has earned over these ten decades is being diluted by expansion into other areas the BAH -- perhaps in desperation -- is trying to penetrate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Trending towards “just another company” since they went public.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Associate
    Current Employee - Lead Associate

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Worked at Booz Allen for many years. You will work with mostly smart people and there is plenty of opportunity as long as you are not too senior/expensive. Perks such as telework are dictated by the contract, if you are based at a Booz Allen office they are Very open to telework and flexible work schedules as long as you get the work done.

    Cons

    Many benefits have been cut since going public, obviously to cut overhead, all the moves over the past couple years with small to no raise and cutting of PTO and retirement fund contribution take away what used to separate them when choosing a company to work for. Seems very much like any other company now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seems to be a high demand for junior level employees to keep profit margins on contracts high and it is rather cutthroat when trying to staff your projects. I wouldn’t have thought that my biggest competitor for staffing my projects would be other Booz Allen managers but that seems to be the trend these days.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Nothing but downhill for the employees since they went public.

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for experience if you find the right team. Comparable pay.

    Cons

    Easy to lose work-life balance. Benefits decline every year. Company structure always in flux; Leadership changes the direction of the company every 6 months.

    Benefits and internal structure keep changing under the guise of improvement, but everyone knows it is either a stop-gap solution or designed to be better for the shareholders. The company keeps trying to reduce overhead to be more competitive, but instead they add more overhead to manage the reduction of overhead, and the rates pretty much stay the same. Once upon a time, everyone had offices, now hardly anyone has an office. Rates went down 0.0%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop acting like a 100 year old company.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Best Prediction of the Future is the Past

    • 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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, big firm, lots of opportunities to network and learn new things

    Cons

    A lot of duplicate effort done by different teams, no transparency, not enough qualified career managers. Too many cuts in benefits, change in the amount of time to become vested, lowered the 401K match, too much HR and managerial involvement with health care issues -

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in what you have instead of letting people go - doing a mass hire of younger people who will attempt to do the work for less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good learning experience, smart people to work with, recent cost cutting measures rapidly deteriorating company culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    get on the right project, an you may learn a thing or two. company is rapidly heading towards more like a body shop, churning through college grads and feeding people through the pipe, but you might still run into a few more smart people on the team whom you can collaborate and work on cool stuff

    slightly above average pay

    Cons

    you don't always get to work on the stuff that was promised when they interview you

    if they can't clarify what you will be working on and mention anything with the word "investment", run like hell bc as soon as the funding goes dry you go bye bye

    drastic cost cutting measures recently as they move everyone to a hoteling system (you do not get assigned seats and must fight with many other employes to get a seat in the office). They are trying to allow everyone to work from home, which sounds nice at first until you spend more than half of your time tracking time the people you need to talk to. Working over the VPN is completely horrible with frequent dropped and slow connection.

    Oh by the way, they are shutting down offices and forcing everyone to drive to DC, have fun with the commute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop doing things that seem to deliberately hinder how your employee work. management is supposed to make collaboration easier, not impossible, pay serious attention to the high turn over rate, as the people who quit will spread the word about how horrible BAH has gotten

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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