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Systems Engineer, Senior – new

Booz Allen Herndon, VA +2 locations

Key Role: Apply technical knowledge to assist the client with the development and integration of new technologies with a focus on application… Booz Allen

8 days ago

Network Engineer

Booz Allen Herndon, VA

Key Role: Serve as a subject matter expert (SME), assisting with the development or enhancement of client network diagrams. Communicate with client… Booz Allen

13 days ago

Regulatory Compliance Analyst

Booz Allen Herndon, VA

Key Role: Assist with the development of government-required submissions, including the incurred cost submission and liaise with DCAA and other… Booz Allen

24 hrs ago

Project Manager, Senior – new

Booz Allen Herndon, VA

Key Role: Apply critical analysis and sound project management processes, tools, and techniques to support a wide range of customer initiatives and… Booz Allen

2 days ago

Systems Administrator, Senior – new

Booz Allen Herndon, VA

Key Role: Maintain responsibility for Windows servers, operating systems software, and its successful integration with the hardware and applications… Booz Allen

15 days ago

Technical Director

Booz Allen Herndon, VA

Key Role: Apply common systems engineering processes to implement best practices and support systems integration, product life cycle management, and… Booz Allen

9 days ago

Budget and Billing Manager

Booz Allen Herndon, VA

Key Role: Provide customer service to internal and external client customers and personnel for IT service delivery projects and gather and… Booz Allen

20 days ago

DSP Engineer

Booz Allen Herndon, VA

Key Role: Perform RF MASINT analysis and production support with an emphasis on Wideband Radio Frequency (WBRF) exploitation. Support data… Booz Allen

8 days ago

Software Quality Assurance Specialist/Applications Tester, Senior

Booz Allen Herndon, VA

Key Role: Use the requirements verification traceability matrix (RVTM) to map requirements to the verification methods that are used to ensure system… Booz Allen

19 days ago

Cyber Counter Improvised Explosive Device Analyst

Booz Allen Herndon, VA

Key Role: Gather, harness, and fuse information, analysis, and technology to empower Combatant Commanders (CCMDs) and deployed warfighters worldwide… 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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