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Systems Administrator, Junior

Booz Allen Bethesda, MD

Key Role: Provide support to Booz Allen IT infrastructure, maximize uptime with minimum efforts, and thrive in a dynamic environment. Provide… Booz Allen

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System Administrator

Booz Allen Bethesda, MD

Key Role: Help to support our IT infrastructure, maximize uptime with minimum effort, thrive in a dynamic environment, advise management of… Booz Allen

7 days ago

Exari Applications Programming Lead

Booz Allen Silver Spring, MD

Key Role: Work in a team of document management experts and thought leaders developing solutions and delivering document-focused programs for Booz… Booz Allen

7 days ago

Operational Decision Manager/Applications Programming Lead

Booz Allen Silver Spring, MD

Key Role: Work in a team of middle-tier business process management experts and thought leaders developing solutions and delivering business process… Booz Allen

4 days ago

OBIEE Developer/Architect

Booz Allen Silver Spring, MD

Key Role: Lead a team of report developers that is developing reports against Oracle Enterprise Data Warehouse. Manage enterprise OBIEE repository… Booz Allen

13 days ago


Booz Allen Silver Spring, MD

Key Role: Review existing processes and work flows to determine areas for automation. Develop scripts or network and server task automation. Review… Booz Allen

15 days ago

Market Intelligence Analyst

Booz Allen McLean, VA

Key Role: Maintain responsibility for designing and implementing analytical frameworks in support of capture efforts across the federal market. Lead… Booz Allen

4 days ago

Remedy Developer

Booz Allen McLean, VA

Key Role: Develop the remedy ITSM application suite, including incident, asset, knowledge, problem, and change management modules to support client… Booz Allen

13 days ago

Project Scheduler

Booz Allen McLean, VA

Key Role: Assist a program manager, project key leadership, and project team with planning, coordinating, scheduling, and tracking delivery of… Booz Allen

6 days ago

NextGen Cyber Fusion Analyst/Consultant

Booz Allen McLean, VA

Key Role: Work with the predictive intelligence team, anticipating, predicting, and responding to Cyber-attacks on commercial and government… Booz Allen

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    Once Great, Now Declining

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    Current Employee - Associate in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Charlottesville, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton


    Work-life flexibility, talented colleagues, big and resilient, variance of work, secure employment. Booz Allen is a large and established consulting firm, where it's easy to work there for your whole career if you chose to. Environment is energetic and smart, and the company is big enough that it's easy to find new work and/or new clients while retaining your current position.


    For the past 5 years, Booz Allen has been focused more on shareholders and bottom line than on employees and clients. Our emails from upper management tout increasing profits despite declining revenue - like it's a good thing. It is a good thing, for the shareholders, but the slashing that's taken place to make it possible have all directly affected the employees.

    First came small and pretty inconsequential changes - no more biannual laptop upgrades, then our first big change: from everyone having their own office to "hoteling," where each employee reserves an office each day and checks into and out of it like a hotel room. This allowed Booz Allen (BAH) to eliminate empty offices (employees who were on client sites always or almost always) and consolidate employees. A reasonable change, and understandable.

    Next came compensation changes we were told that our compensation actions (read: raises) were to no longer be tied solely to performance, but rather a host of new criteria, one of which was "bid-ability on contracts," meaning "will your salary make it easy or hard to bid you on contracts?" Of course, proposals compete largely on cost, so it's always easier to bid a cheaper employee on a proposal, so this gave leadership a way to freeze salaries or give paltry or in some cases insulting raises with a black and white justification, and the deniability of "it came from upstairs." Lots of talented employees jumped ship at this stage, because raises are the #1 tangible retention tool, and many took these paltry raises as writing on the wall that they were no longer appreciated at BAH.

    More recently, BAH is selling real estate - closing offices. That's a magic trick that can prop up the bottom line, but you can only use that trick once.

    The most recent change has been to our benefits - in short, more expensive healthcare with high deductibles. For example, my plan cost increases $150 a month, and my deductible went from $0 to $2600. Healthcare will cost me $4400 more this year than it did last year; or if I got a $4400 raise, that would put me at zero.

    Booz Allen used to be a high line product at a high line price. We used to be able to command a high price - from clients who wanted more than simply getting the job done, they wanted it done well - and thoroughly, by the brightest and best. Clients would choose Booz Allen for the same reason someone might choose a Mercedes-Benz over a Toyota. In our recent years, this race to the bottom of how cheap we can possibly make operations, how little can we pay our staff, has caused a loss of top talent, and hiring just-good talent as opposed to the sharpest and most impressive applicants. I'm imagining management wanted to cut operating costs, but retain the Firm's reputation - that's just not possible. They got their wish - they made the Firm cheaper. We're just another contracting firm now - a glorified staffing agency.

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    I don't believe it's possible to reclaim our former reputation - not in 10 years, not in 20 - I believe it's gone. I suppose the only move now is to abandon the high-line-product, high-line-price model of yore and just get down with the rest of them and try to bid cheap.

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