Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
2,243 Reviews
3.3
2,243 Reviews
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Booz Allen Hamilton Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Shrader
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits good people lots of work much of the biz is online. Can work from home or hoteling site

    Cons

    Cutting benefits annually, good people become too expensive so have to go online biz is tough. Hoteling on BAH site means still having to dress up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Positive proving ground for young consultants looking to gain experience in the federal consulting space.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    High quality people with excellent work ethic and dedication to customer delivery/satisfaction.

    Cons

    Shrinking federal budgets has required the company to adjust its strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was great.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Access to information was fantastic..

    Cons

    Reciprocal Intelligence issues were a challenge..

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  5.  

    Great company with lots of options and a superior culture.

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Project opportunities are very diverse.
    Great career mentors and team atmosphere (depending on what team and market you are in)
    Ability to change work location/travel

    Cons

    Mostly client site work
    Entry level pay is low
    Potential for competition for work/contracts depending on the team/market
    Loss of job if no billable work within a certain amount of time (i.e. don't be "on the beach" for too long)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward hard working young talent, or risk losing them to other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Open and innovative Internship program, but lacked face time with employees and client.

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    Former Employee - Level III Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Level III Research Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    They are working on really interesting technology. As an intern, I had the opportunity to work on an interesting project that dealt with cloud and data analytics. A lot of the employees there are extremely smart and helpful. Just make sure to reach out to them.

    Cons

    I didn't like the hoteling office set up. Did not feel like I was working in a collaborative environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for interns to work hand-in-hand with full-time employees, and allow more face time with clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great employer, reacting to recent market changes

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    Former Employee - Associate in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Former Employee - Associate in Annapolis Junction, MD

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Booz Allen has been a terrific company to work for. Lots of opportunity, good management and great benefits.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, since splitting off the commercial side and focusing exclusively on government contracting they've been under pressure to offer benefits that are 'comparable' to other government contractors, resulting in unfortunate cultural and benefits changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to being the Booz Allen of about 4 years ago. We were uniquely principled in advising the client and had amazing talent. In the quest to grow, too many incompatible changes were made in order to be competitive. You can't stand out in value by copying other companies.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Enterprise Software Tester

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Software Tester in Scott Air Force Base, IL
    Current Employee - Enterprise Software Tester in Scott Air Force Base, IL

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

    Pros

    Large company with many opportunities nationwide.

    Cons

    Losing contracts to small businesses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more contracts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Computer Technician.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and perks. Plenty of opportunity to move up. Excellent "mentoring" system to help you along your career path.

    Cons

    Make sure you always have billable hours coming in. If your contract ends and they can't find another spot for you, you will be let go. Peer review system is a big hassle.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    A good company for REALLY hard workers

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is usually interesting work available, and there are some very bright people on staff. The pay is pretty good compared to other east-coast companies. You are rewarded nicely if you pour your heart and soul and weekends in to your work.

    Cons

    In order to "make it," you are expected to average about 60-70 hours a week. In other places, this might be something that happens every once in awhile, and your bosses notice your extra commitment, but at Booz Allen, this is kind of the minimum level of effort to really get "noticed." This makes it really hard to maintain a good family work-life balance and also climb the ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really smart people wear down when run raw, especially in situations where the company pits the internal members against each other for success, rather than to work together for a common goal. Need more focus on teamwork.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting work, requires internal networking for follow-on work

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for variety in work. Work with smart people and interesting projects. On the job training for skills and paid training for certifications. If your current project ends, management works with you to find other projects.

    Cons

    Sometimes work isn't ideal based on your skills and interests, depending on available projects. Networking internally nets more work but is often difficult due to team silos and client side work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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