Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (9)

    Think twice before coming here - doesn't have a strong long-term outlook.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Training courses taught and available for attendance.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Boring/mediocre projects to work on. Career managers who don't listen to the people they mentor. Extremely high attrition.

    Advice to Management

    Try to focus business strategy to win better work so you retain staff. Create a real culture of strong ethical values, not the hype of "a core values driven" company.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Ladder-climber culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Vienna, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you are the kind of person who likes the thrill of climbing the corporate ladder, impressing people, and looking good this is the place for you. They do have great benefits (they even covered IVF) including onsite daycare at the corporate location in VA. They were also very forward thinking and accepting of the LBGT community employees.

    Cons

    If you are the kind of person who likes the thrill of climbing the corporate ladder, impressing people, and looking good this is the place for you. I left because the culture was just not the right fit for me.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on actually building things than just looking good would be a good thing.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Make sure you are billable

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great hours. Great manager (not management).

    Cons

    Boring work. Was doing the same implementation work project after project


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  5. Helpful (1)

    watch your back

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great compensation; professional appearance and name

    Cons

    Very tight knit group, so don't get on someone's bad side or they will blackball you from any further possibilities with the company. My immediate supervisor hated me so any other job I applied for would be vetted thru her. She made sure I was never considered for employment with BAH again.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take one person's opinion of a previous employee - that's why you list several references. Train your supervisors/managers on correct procedure for verifying employment.


  6. Helpful (1)

    BEST & the WORST

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    incredible projects incredibly talent resources doing the work great on the job training challenge great benefits

    Cons

    has lost work life balance leadership has lost touch with teams promotions are not done on merit hard work is not recognized

    Advice to Management

    be better at identifying your future leaders


  7. Helpful (10)

    Terrible culture. Terrible benefits. Failing Company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For the technical - developers, network security, data scientists: there is job security, and a bit of prestige that comes with the booz name in these positions.

    Cons

    Painfully inefficient. So much bureaucratic nonsense to deal with on a day to day basis. Company culture is non-existent. Very disorganized company with little vision of the future. Benefits and pay are very sub par.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to people - both newcomers and those who have been there a while. Focus on developing a company culture where people WANT to come to work.


  8. Helpful (7)

    Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Booz Allen is a consulting firm with excellent name recognition. Also, Booz Allen is a respected firm that is valued by federal agencies

    Cons

    The health insurance benefits are terrible. I am not talking just bad, I am talking dreadful. Booz Allen's leadership is seemingly most concerned with shareholder profits; employees are taking a very bad hit from the new insurance policy

    Advice to Management

    Booz Allen's leadership should think less about shareholder profits and more about the employees they are losing through their draconian insurance benefits plan.


  9. Helpful (9)

    Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall, work / life balance is good up to Associate. Depending on project, there are opportunities to work remotely (can be good and bad). There are a lot of motivated and smart people. Company's brand still carries weight. Benefits, while not as goos as they once where, are industry compettivie.

    Cons

    Shocking erosion of corporate culture over the last five years and continuing to move down the value chain in terms of work conducted for clients. The firms investments in people have seriously declined and they have become miserly regarding benefits, pay, team building activities. Sadly, what was once one of the premiere consulting firms has become a staff augmentation shop. Interesting project opportunities are few and far, often it is embarrassing to admit what work you actually do for clients. More embarrassingly, are senior management's characterizing / spin the work as interesting and impactful. While there are still many smart people at the firm, the departure of dynamic staff (smart, balanced, with good interpersonal skills) continues to accelerate. Additionally, career progression is opaque and does not follow logic. This isn't anything new. Pay scales are distorted and wide (e.g., staff at a lower level earning significantly more than those at a higher level sqashes motivation for advancement). As mentioned, a lot of smart people remain and the firm still attracts some good people (not sure how long this can last as the brand will continue to erode given the current state), but these "smart" people are often overly ambitious people who do not work well with others and think they'll be promoted to partner next week (lol) and will do anything to make that happen (including back stabbing, shameless kiss up to SAs, Principals, Partners). Much of the aforementioned results from the Carlyle investment and becoming a publicly traded company. When we joined BAH, a part of our intro. training focused on how BAH is not a public company and professional services organizations shouldn't be publicly traded companies...well that piece of the training is gone. Now, quarterly earnings and bottom line is all that matters. Becoming public enriched many of the partners, but is destroying the company and brand.

    Advice to Management

    Ideally, become a private partnership again. Short of that, realign people and operating models...separate consulting and staff augmentation work into different business units. Focus on winning real consulting work and align staff to that in a new operating unite (e.g., Tech and Management consulting Unit). Grow staff augmentation work (i.e., long engagements, stable, predictable revenue stream) and separate that and align staff to that. Continue to expand commercial footprint as well. Expand investments in people (salary, benefits, community building, learning). Streamline career progression model (Associate, Lead Associate, Senior Associate, ....doesn't make sense) too many levels. Booz Allen was once a great firm; and, perhaps, it can be again? Still some good, smart , people...just lost its way.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Associate

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Diversity of portfolio allows opportunities in many markets

    Cons

    Managers more focused on winning proposals than on providing quality products and retaining experienced employee assets

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that Employees are the greatest assets and not Shareholders


  11. Helpful (4)

    Senior Consultant

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The workplace provided exposure to a great group of people and allowed me to build those relationships and learn from them on a regular basis. Additionally, most projects that I had exposure to provided a great work/life balance - specifically with flexibility around the hours I worked and working remotely.

    Cons

    Many of the firm's projects are centered on staff augmentation - maybe it is just the way the industry is heading but I found very few elements of "consulting" in my roles. When I expressed my interests and desires to find a new project I received minimal support from my admin team simply because I was billable and on a very stable project. The firm's middle management seems to be in a hard position of balancing project management, business development, and human capital development. I found little to no career guidance during my time at the firm. To be fair, I knew other employees that had great career managers so it is very much based on your admin team. The pay and benefits are behind the industry - the chatter around the office alluded to salaries much lower than what is reported on glassdoor.

    Advice to Management

    I would encourage senior management to continue to focus on engaging and developing employees - It seemed like the employees were a commodity. In addition to developing employees, veer away from too much staff augmentation engagements because it will only continue to dilute the value of Booz Allen's brand and reputation.



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