Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.4 2,038 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

Booz Allen Hamilton Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Shrader

Ralph W. Shrader

(1,249 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is generally pretty good but also depends on the client you support(in 281 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters(in 98 reviews)


Cons
  • Lots of relatively large changes over the past two years have impacted benefits and work-life balance(in 102 reviews)

  • lack of work opportunities for personal growth and promotion, too many staffing levels(in 43 reviews)

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    "Sweatshop"

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsBooz Allen does have lots of contracts that you can transfer too

    ConsThe corporate structure is built around working hard with little incentive for the said effort. If you have a bad Career Manager, your career with Booz Allen is stunted

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook into smaller companies. They may not have as many contracts, but they will appreciate you for the work you do and do the best they can to keep you with them. Also, they have lower overhead and can pay far more that a company like Booz Allen.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    On the decline to mediocrity

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStill has a good name.

    ConsCompany has an identity crisis, is slow to adapt to changing markets, and is often more beauracratic than the Federal government.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNight of 1000 knives.

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    Limited opportunities, no senior management integrity

    Program Manager (Current Employee) Fairfax, VA

    ProsThe flexible work schedule is great as they allow you to work from home.

    ConsThe corporate culture has severely declined over the past few years. What was once a reputable, prestigious encouraging and fun place to work has become a cut throat environment where leadership is only concerned with balancing their respective DL/IL ratios (and using guesswork and excel to do so!) and leaving staff to fend for themselves and find their own jobs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    "Stepford Wives" Lifestyle

    Associate (Former Employee)

    ProsSalary, some very smart people. If you can blend in you'll be fine. Just say yes. Always.

    ConsRobotic relationships, smiles that mean nothing. Refusal to give clients other than what they've already seen before -- even when you know it is getting them nowhere. Fundamental lack of honesty in government client relationships, in a company that says it's all about ethics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProve that you're serious about innovation. That means being open to the possibility that you / the way it is (whatever IT is) might not be the best route to a productive future for the client. As it stands, these government entities waste taxpayer money by doing what rocks no boats ... never challenging themselves, always being safe and invisible. America isn't founded in what was safe. It was in doing the uncomfortable things that we've become something special. Booz Allen rakes in more than $3 billion / yr of taxpayer money doing safe things. If you've got an ethical bone in your body, you have to ask yourself at night whether that serves the future ... or just yourself.. .

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Senior Consultant

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat place to grow your career

    ConsNot many team building events or to make you feel like you are a part of a company

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    Military environment; exit door never far away

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFor ex-military, the place is comfortable. Orders given, taken. Thinking done for you regarding what to do, when, where. If you like that kind of setup, you will be happy. Clients seem to like the company, but one can't help but think that they are pre-buttering up BA for a job down the road. Thorny ethical issue. Ethics and values ok, if not as different from other firms as seniors might hope. News that 19 partners are being shown the door is interesting and widely viewed as favorable.

    ConsHigh turnover. Feeling one is portable and viewed almost like a physical asset. The exit door is never far away. Financial results show revenue continuing in decline while a really small (for its size) profit margin continues to rise. Not a stock to buy, but that is ok. But the no-growth condition is not pleasant to observe or experience. Partners need to communicate on impact of Carlyle exit strategy

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed fewer bosses strutting and weighing down cost structure while the elves work away. Need to do something to buttress widespread perception of job insecurity

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    A lot of cons

    Associate (Current Employee)

    Pros- Compared to other consulting firms, the people are much more talented
    - Good benefits (401k / stock plan / insurance)

    Cons- Quality of leadership especially by the Senior Associates - Can't be trusted
    - Although I've heard there are some good Career Managers and Resource Managers, I was stuck with - some poor ones.
    - Easy to get laid off after 30 days of bench time.
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    - Poor on-boarding, difficult to figure out the culture
    - Very poor internal communications especially from the Sr. Associates

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company only focused on maintaining profit margin.

    Associate (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThey have a well known reputation in the Government Services industry.

    ConsThere is absolutely no work/balance while working with Booz. They are only concerned with their bottom line. Recently underwent a reorganization and cut salaries and benefits company wide.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interview

    Human Resources Onboarding Coordinator (Current Employee) Fairfax, VA

    ProsManagement is very focused on your former job performance. Make you feel relaxed during interview.

    ConsNo option to grow if you are a temp. The real question about life-work balance is a disguised interest if you are available to work long hours. No promotions or opportunities to get the job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop playing games with people's aspirations to do a good job. Do not give false notion that the skills of a candidate are needed.

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    Misleading and filled with liars.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsInteresting work, but extremely slow.

    ConsSlow, boring, and inefficient.

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