Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.4 2,040 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

Booz Allen Hamilton Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Shrader

Ralph W. Shrader

(1,250 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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    Challenging environment, but not consistent workload.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNot much management oversight. Able to work autonomously in a professional environment.

    ConsBeing disconnected from the majority of the Booz Allen group sitting on client site. Very little paid time off.

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

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    My experience with the firm has been challenging and rewarding.

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsThe firm offers great training and educational opportunities.

    ConsThe challenges are the firm expects its employees to bill its clients 40 plus hours a week, yet in order to succeed within the firm employees are expected to work an additional 20 hours a week for the firm which can often be challenging if you have a demanding client schedule. In order to succeed you must be connected to your groups inner circle.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    BAH Atlanta Office

    Associate (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsWell known, prestigious consulting company. Work-life balance is pretty good. Name still resonates with people.

    ConsOffice culture can be back stabbing and petty. Still relying on name and charging clients accordingly. Atlanta office has limited opportunities for growth compared with Washington, DC offices. Compensation is average for the industry, below competitors such as Deloitte, PwC, etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop micro-managing and let smart people work smartly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Consultant Developer (Current Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsSalary is Ok benefits are so so

    ConsWorking conditions are such that I can't leave my chair for more than 15 minutes at a time

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work, but resembles the government too much.

    Associate (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsJob security
    Work-life balance
    Large company - lots of opportunities
    Many work locations

    ConsOverly bureaucratic
    Less and less consulting, more "fill seats"
    Heavy IT focus
    Slow to move to commercial engagements

    Advice to Senior ManagementVery little business development visibility with younger employees, so they have little incentive to be involved. Company has not fully understood impacts of overall shift from multiple consulting engagements to long-term (~1 year) full-time, on-site client engagements, resulting in an increasing separation between on-client-site personnel and those off-site. This separation generally hinders on-site staff professional development and slows the understanding of company business priorities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    After the split

    Lead Associate (Former Employee) Chantilly, VA

    ProsProfessional settings, decent training, good salary

    ConsMany long-term leaders are leaving, salaries and benefits are starting to drop since the break up of BAH into BAH and Booz and Company

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of the people

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

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    Not you father's Booz Allen

    Associate (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat name recognition. The Booz Allen name still caries some weight. It helped me get an interview for my current position at a Fortune 100.

    Collaborative. Booz Allen is still decent at collaboration, though with the move to "hoteling" this was somewhat degraded. Senior leaders have open door policies and many will accommodate even if you are not on their team.

    Core values espoused are still in the firm, but not consistent. The dynamic changes from team to team, even within the same home office.

    Flexible work schedule. Over the two years I spent with Booz Allen, I received the ability to complete my billable hours to accommodate travel and take business days off needed for my graduate degree program.

    Great ways to give back through Booz Allen Cares.

    ConsAt the point of Principal and above, there is a huge disconnect with the lower ranking consultants up through Senior Associate.

    Notifying employees of permanent changes to vacation/holiday schedules between Christmas and New Years via email was appalling. Cutting ECAP, was the final blow to benefits that differentiated Booz.

    Moreover, billable workers like myself were viewed as a commodity. Client delivery wasn't really valued, just filling a seat and ability to retain a security clearance.

    All of these cons have changed the culture for the worse.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCarlyle needs to find a new CEO. If you want to sell Booz, you need to somewhat divest from government contracting and go after lucrative private sector work in specialty areas like cyber security.

    Show employees they are more than a # on a spreadsheet. Cut workforce size if need be, but return to the old Booz of retaining quality employees who can move from project to project. With threats of lack or work letters and instability, talent will continue to leave.

    Your job is to continue a private consulting business model in a publicly traded company. This is difficult, but there needs to be a balance between shareholder value and retaining talent in a consulting business model.

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

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    A good place for an average Joe

    Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsStability
    Friendly people
    Social culture
    Some training opportunities
    Good history with federal clients

    ConsLow salary growth
    Repetitive, dull contracting work
    Conservative, risk-averse culture (perhaps driven by stock price)
    Opportunities limited to Washington, DC area
    Poor management of opportunities for employees (you have to fight to get on a project)

    Advice to Senior Managementgive employees an incentive to achieve; be honest about the work people are getting into
    promotions are based on relationships to team and not necessarily on job performance (although that is a component); if you are looking for a consulting experience akin to a big 3 (top performers, exposure to a wide variety of businesses, solving exciting business problems) this is not the place for you

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

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    A once-proud firm on its way to becoming an also-ran contracting house.

    Associate (Current Employee) Annapolis Junction, MD

    ProsBooz Allen has contacts everywhere. If you're looking for qualifications for a certain project or introduction to a government organization, you'll find a contact easily.
    There are lots of ways to keep in contact with colleagues. For example, one can search employee profiles on the intranet and have conversations on just about any topic on Yammer.
    Corporate parties are well-funded and well-planned.
    The company seems to be amenable to flexible work arrangements.
    The firm carried all its employees during the government shutdown. A welcome gesture when other contractors were being released for lack of funds.

    ConsEverything shuts down for a month at the end of the fiscal year. It becomes frustrating when one has an active, funded contract but can't purchase, travel, or charge time because the company has to spend four weeks reconfiguring its accounting system.
    Speaking of accounting systems, nothing propagates automatically between systems. This means there is a relatively high probability of someone somewhere along the line fat-fingering your numbers. It also takes a long time to go from establishing a project to actually being able to work on it.
    I work in the Booz Allen Hamilton Engineering Services ... entity. Long story short, we were a division of another company, which Booz Allen acquired. They decided to keep us a separate entity, because Booz Allen isn't set up to do engineering work. However, this means we neither operate as a separate company nor operate as part of the Firm. So, for example, we have to run through two separate approval chains for everything - not conducive to fast-paced engineering work. It is also ambiguous who has control over what funds, who is managing what project, etc., which leads to infighting instead of cooperation.
    The firm is so proud of carrying its employees through the shutdown. However, with employees expected to work 10+ hours of unpaid overtime every week, that seems like the very least it could do.
    Finally, the firm is much too risk-averse. It encourages innovation, as long as the innovation doesn't threaten established processes or require purchasing anything. They're so afraid of their name appearing on the news that any novel project will be rejected at the highest levels of management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEither spin off Engineering Services into a completely separate company, or fully absorb it. Get your corporate systems more automated and interoperable. Take more risks or risk becoming an also-ran contractor.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Was the best, has lost touch

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompensation and benefits are competitive
    Great People across the board
    Interesting work with multiple clients that will make you a well rounded consultant

    ConsSenior Leadership has lost touch with the staff. It has become all about the stock price and they are letting go of quality staff to cover for the losses during government shut down and harsh winter. Loyalty is no longer a core value, they ask staff to take a risk for the firm but when it doesn't pan out the way they wanted they adjust the rules and fire staff to save the revenue numbers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember the core values and Booz Allen culture that use to be in place that made Booz Allen what it is today. Your employees are operating under a cloud of fear for their jobs every day

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

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