Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
357 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is generally pretty good but also depends on the client you support (in 295 reviews)

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


Cons
  • The Work Life Balance that it promises is often not the reality (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.  

    Losing its charm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Struggling to get back to the old days

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good ol' boy system with limited growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Losing sight of their mission

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

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

    Pros

    When I started in 2008, they were 100% behind their mission. However, by 2011, regardless of what their mission stated, they really operated to simply make money. They used to be customer and employee focused and developed the best and brightest...not anymore.

    Cons

    Lost sight of their mission. Too focused on making money driving butts in seats mentality. Hire low end resources and fail to develop talent. Backstabbing and infighting drives out the true talent. Recognizes the poor performers who kiss butts and stab other in the back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the mission -- if solving your clients toughest problems is important, measure that versus measuring building work and building and maintaining teams -- i.e., butts in seats. If you deliver on your mission, you will always have work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ok pay, poor benefits, little room for growth if you're not a good ole boy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intel Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Intel Analyst in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers. I really enjoy everyone that I interact with and work with on a daily basis.

    Pay isn't terrible. It's not the best but it's far from the worst.

    Cons

    Terrible benefits. No sick days or personal days. If you're sick you go to work or take vacation time.

    The company forces you to go to training or meetings during regular work hours and it's not billable. In essence you work for 8 hours a day but dont get credit for the mandatory meeting/training. So you either have to work extra or take paid time off.

    You're expected to participate in proposal writing, which can be a many, many extra hours yet you're not compensated for it and you don't get comp time for what could be working 40 extra hours a week.

    Their health care just changed to a terrible high deductible plan that, coupled with the lack of raises for many this year, results in a net loss in pay from last year.

    They have a 6% 401(k). However they on deposit their contributions once a calendar year. So, if you are there for 11 months then leave you get no match.

    A lot of their new policies have been made to clearly pad the pockets of executives and appease shareholders. It's clear that management didn't consider their employees when they made decisions. There really are minimal reasons to be with this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Legitimately care about your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great reputation and that's about it.

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

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

    Pros

    - Decent probability you will get interesting and stimulating work.

    - Good reputation (surprisingly).

    - Little to no direction given job-wise, but this enables a lot of freedom for you to improve or change things in the position.

    Cons

    - Hubris is everywhere... though few actual intelligent and professional analysts are around.

    - Benefits used to be superb/competitive before November 2014. Now we have the standard medical/retirement plan you'd find most places.

    - Great performance client side doesn't account for much with leadership.

    - Company does not uphold values
    like they claim. Illegal and immoral activity will be hidden/downplayed if it's possible to do so.

    - Internal competition within the contract causes major paranoia and dysfunction amongst team members.

    - Middle & upper leadership are often clueless in regard to your work client side (even though many work at the client site!)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Have met some very smart people during my tenure. The firm offered a variety of work experiences, mostly at client-site, and personal growth. It makes a huge difference if your career manager really knows who you are.

    Cons

    Found it challenging to move from one short-term project to another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seem to be a lot of short-term and not enough longer-term projects available. It makes things harder when someone does not have a security clearance.

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

    Loss of focus

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

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

    Pros

    If you are good at sales and marketing you can advance quickly.

    Cons

    Technical people are not valued and there is no recognition for excellent client service and delivery

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are completely disconnected from your staff and the rest of the company. Get back to focusing on your people and running the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 17 people found this helpful  

    Booz Allen is no longer an industry leader

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

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

    Pros

    Up until these past few months, Booz Allen was an employer of choice. The company valued it's employees and aggressively worked to ensure they had industry leading benefits and a top notch work environment.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Booz Allen's desire to maximize shareholder profits has turned this once great firm into a second-rate consulting firm. In 2015, Booz Allen is switching from a competitive health insurance benefit package to an employer cost saving high deductible plan. Employee costs will increase dramatically, as the 2015 insurance package has a $2600.00 family deductible before healthcare costs are covered. Prior to this switch, Booz Allen had an average $0 deductible plan. For a family of four, Booz Allen just increased my family's health insurance bill by $2600.00. It's time to look for a new employer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing on shareholder profits when they come at the expense of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    So-so company, abhorrent management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Ok salary, steady work.

    Cons

    The management under which I was employed was nearly 100% incompetent. I dated to do my job the way my job should be done, and got, consequently, black balled for it. My management decided to continually bad-mouth me to our customer (which I actually found out from the customers' mouth), and completely lied about the endeavor. I left the company with a bad taste in my mouth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Uphold your integrity. Just like the company says.

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