Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
2,155 Reviews
3.3
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is generally pretty good but also depends on the client you support (in 290 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 101 reviews)


Cons
  • The Work Life Balance that it promises is often not the reality (in 111 reviews)

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

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Was there for 11 years, left, returned and happily gone again

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    From mid 90's to mid 2000s great firm. Loved it, learned alot, my partner was very good. Returned for an assignment in 2012 and good grief, so much had changed!

    Cons

    Classic Beltway bandit. You are just a drone in a roll. I was expected to treat my staff so differently than we had previously. I had had several offers at play and jumped ship as quickly as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No words can describe how disappointed I was in how leadership attitudes had changed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Working for Booz is like driving a BMW

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    Working for Booz is like driving a BMW. You love to drive the car while the warranty is active. Once the warranty ends, it turns out it is not the fine tuned machine it claims to be. I worked for Booz for 2 years and the pay and benefits were great, but once the contract ended, they don't really help you find another task.

    Cons

    Booz is not a consulting firm. You are hired to fill one seat in a specific contract. Once the contract ends, good luck finding a new task. They have "career managers" that suppose to help you find another position, but they are only concerned with their own job security. My advice if you are contemplating joining the firm, accept the job on Monday and start to look for a more stable job on Tuesday. If something else comes up, take it even if you incur a pay cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your so called leadership is a joke. This is mind boggling considering that the firm employs a large number of ex-military personnel.

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

    What Could Have Been...

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    As a whole, Booz Allen was a good company. On an individual level, the staff was pretty nice. The company had great locations and flexible schedules where staff was able to work from the closest location closest or work remotely, if necessary. The pension plan was one of the few nice benefits.

    Cons

    I was a bit disappointed when I joined the firm as I had better benefits with my previous companies. The compensation was incredibly low in certain service lines so it was a challenge feeling motivated and appreciated. Additionally, senior leadership did not welcome mentorship relationships with the majority of staff and it was difficult to cultivate relationships with them. After the acquisition of the federal practice, the focus was on billability and it was clear that leadership did not care about staff's career goals. Also, there was a lack of distinct culture and the direction seemed to change in certain service lines on a regular basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on establishing a Booz Allen culture
    Have leadership take a true interest in junior staff
    Improve compensation and benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Booz Allen is not the company it once was

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Exposure to different skills, markets and networks.

    Cons

    Booz Allen hires consultants to perform client tasks but will also use your services for internal Booz Allen marketing, proposal, HR (assessments) and misc duties as required. The Work Life Balance that it promises is often not the reality. Transparency with regard to pay and pay increases need to improve dramatically. Increases can be promised but often times nothing is formally documented. Therefore, seeking redress can be very difficult and time consuming. Also, women and minority have presence at the management and senior management levels, but are conspicuously invisible at higher corporate leadership levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome to Awful, a 3 year spin

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC

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

    Pros

    The workload was great, the pay was competitive, it was a nice challenging engineering position with ARINC (which was bought out by BAH in 2012, and transitioned into the firm in 2013/2014). Benefits were par for the course, coworkers were friendly and agreeable, and for contract work, they do a good job of keeping people with billable work.

    Cons

    No promotion path, pitiful raises for even the top performers, citing economic reasons and the need to keep costs down to be competitive, and at the mercy of the people bidding for work. Better hope they bid good work for you instead of work that you're overqualified for. There's been a fairly large and concerning exodus of senior staff and management in the past year, and incoming work has gone from design and engineering to cable fabrication and manual labor. Benefits got "restructured" a few times (and restructuring is never to benefit the employee) and the job is nothing like it used to be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internal promotions. Make people feel like staying could actually be beneficial. I've watched many younger employees come in, work 3-4 years, and go somewhere else to get a promotion to something they should have had a year or two ago. Managers come in, do a few projects and leave. Promotions could actually give this office some stability instead of the astronomical turnover rate that we currently experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lethargic industry, poor internal organization

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    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
  8. 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
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Consultant - Very Immature Management Team

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    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

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