Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Horacio D. Rozanski
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Pros
  • Work-Life balance is pretty awesome (in 295 reviews)

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

Cons
  • It's challenging to find proper work/life balance (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. Helpful (6)

    Lead Associate

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    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I consistently feel like I work with the best and brightest. The diversity of employee backgrounds brings rich value to project work and to the client. If you need to augment your team's skill set with something else, you will absolutely find it either through your network or resource management. I also consistently feel that the work we do is making an impact.

    Cons

    The company has changed a great deal since going public a few years ago. Pressures on utilization have increased greatly - the amount of people getting a "lack of work" notice has increased. People are not given adequate credit for all of the extra proposal/BD work they do on top of billable work... the pressure to be billable is higher, yet the expectation to do BD work "in your free time" remains the same. This makes work/life balance challenging at times. Additionally, the higher you are promoted, the more "expensive" you become... which makes it harder to stay billable (you will no longer be considered for certain roles, given your cost as a resource). It seems a strategy to pressure senior leaders to grow their teams, if we are over-hiring then letting people go a few months later. Benefits have changed dramatically for the worse and pay increases are nowhere near what they used to be. The retirement plan and healthcare benefits are MUCH worse than they used to be (albeit still better than many other firms.) You will be lucky if you get a 2% increase, so it does not keep pace with inflation certainly. There are no bonuses. The firm is an extremely political place to work. Your success is highly dependent on having a strong set of advocates and a big network. There are many overlapping "sandboxes," so you must be careful not to anger the wrong group of people.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider your hiring strategy - stop over-forecasting growth, expecting senior leaders to aggressively hire, and setting them up to fire people a few months down the road because they can't find project work. It is demoralizing to the entire firm. Maintain parity across accounts in pay ranges to avoid the perception of unfaireness.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Lead Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Clients and mission areas are interesting. Company is helpful and supportive when desiring to move within the organization. Colleagues are pretty great.

    Cons

    The work/life balance is tough, particularly with proposal efforts ontop of regular job duties. In 2015 Booz Allen's healthcare plans changed for the worse.

    Advice to Management

    Recommend getting the company back to the culture and work environment that it was once known for. Ever since the company went public, employee benefits and compensations went downhill.


  3. Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefit's and great place to learn about consulting

    Cons

    Not too much room to grow


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  5. Great People to Work With

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    People are great to work with. Everyone is smart, hard-working, kind. The firms fosters a very collegial atmosphere and everyone is always willing to lend a helping hand.

    Cons

    Project work leaves much to be desired. They don't always match people to projects that suit their experience and interests. They put people where they need them and staff doesn't often have much say in the matter.


  6. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Although benefits are not as great as several years ago, it is still better than most companies.

    Cons

    Doesn't seem to be much room for raises and promotion.


  7. Enterprise Support PM

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Associate (Project Manager) in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Associate (Project Manager) in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wide variety of projects offer excellent experience. Many talented professionals to work with Trusting, flexible environment Firm is trying to change from long-standing, conservative culture

    Cons

    Politics abound with the firmly established job levels Some people are 'coasting' (like anywhere else)


  8. Getting Innovative

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    company is investing in the next wave of capabilities and offerings; incrrasingly less stuffy and open to new business ideas

    Cons

    benefits are still good but no longer top of class due to cost pressures over past few years

    Advice to Management

    recognize and reward results not tenure


  9. Fairly Good

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of good projects. Some smart people. Generally nice atmosphere. DC office is a good place to work.

    Cons

    Hard to get to know people now because everyone is in different locations. Need to do a lot of networking to get the most out of it.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the exceptional contributors. Needs to be a way of giving people what they deserve without having to negotiate.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Solid Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good work life balance with a opportunities to work on and try different things. Bright, talented, and good people to work with. Leadership is committed to inventing in training for the development of staff.

    Cons

    Limits on salary adjustment due to dollar caps on contracts and sometimes career opportunities can be limited to general industry environment at the time.


  11. Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible work hours, ability to telework, great work life balance

    Cons

    Haven't been working long enough to notice cons, but I will update in a few more months.



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