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10 days ago

Export Licensing Specialist

Booz Allen McLean, VA

Key Role: Serve as a subject matter expert on US export regulations, including ITAR and EAR. Provide guidance and support to client staff to help… Booz Allen

9 days ago

Farsi Linguist/Intelligence Analyst

Booz Allen McLean, VA

Key Role: Provide a full range of support in processing materials or participating in situations requiring a general professional capability in the… Booz Allen

2 days ago

Cyber Challenge Intern – new

Booz Allen McLean, VA

Key Role: Research and understand Cyber capture-the-flag (CTF) competitions. Research how these competitions are delivered, the types of challenges… Booz Allen

8 days ago

Defense Health Program Analyst

Booz Allen Hamilton McLean, VA

Key Role: Support clients and Booz Allen team members within the clinical support division on a day-to-day basis and prepare briefings, documents… Booz Allen Hamilton

7 days ago

Civil Capture Manager

Booz Allen Hamilton McLean, VA

Key Role: Drive major capture efforts from start to finish and lead capture efforts or support business staff in captures that are especially… Booz Allen Hamilton

17 days ago

Leadership Development Manager, Senior

Booz Allen McLean, VA

Key Role: Work with internal clients and executive-level stakeholders, talent strategy and analytics colleagues, members of the leadership… Booz Allen

10 days ago

Signal Processing/Computer Vision Scientist

Booz Allen Hamilton McLean, VA

Key Role: Work as a key researcher and R&D engineer on a growing team of elite scientists who investigate and solve challenging, multimedia forensic… Booz Allen Hamilton

16 days ago

Graphics Designer Consultant

Booz Allen McLean, VA

Key Role: Apply knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office to design and develop cutting-edge information graphics for publication… Booz Allen

18 days ago

Software Engineer, Lead

Booz Allen McLean, VA

Key Role: Play a lead role in creating new products to meet emerging needs in commercial and federal markets as part of an internal innovation team… Booz Allen

16 days ago

Strategic Communications Analyst

Booz Allen McLean, VA

Key Role: Collaborate with leadership on the daily operations of the organization, including the development of standard business procedures… Booz Allen

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    Smart People, but an Erosion of Culture and Benefits

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    Current Employee - Lead Associate in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in McLean, VA

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


    The firm has a lot of very smart people, and is very friendly to scientists and veterans. They have a large footprint across the federal government, so there are a good number of opportunities. The firm seems to do a better job of weathering events like the government shutdown than their peers (SAIC, BAE, etc...). There is a decent level of stability given the industry.

    There are high ethical standards, a focus on quality work, and opportunities to advance.


    Since the Carlyle buyout and the IPO, there has been a series of cost cutting efforts that seem to focus on improving the P&L in time for each quarterly earnings announcement. Over the last few years, we've had:

    * a (poorly executed) move to hoteling that killed any sense of team cohesion.
    * reduction in the 401(k) (Actually, the previous program was a 10% profit share, now it is a 6% match that only pays out if you are still employed at the firm at the end of the year)
    * Reduction in health insurance (a switch to high-deductible plans)
    * Watering down the 360 degree assessment process to one that amounts to little more than a checklist.
    *(They even got rid of all plants in the offices as a way to save money)

    Every couple of years, management tries to dramatically shift the organization with the promise that This Time Is Different. There have been switches back and forth between functional and market aligned structures. There was the One Firm push to integrate the commercial and government businesses ("we are one firm, we can work together"), followed by the split of the two halves ("we were really two separate businesses, with different models and cultures"), and the attempt to recreate a commercial business ("This time will be different").

    When I started, the firm's culture, reputation as a premium brand, and benefits were the big draws. I don't think any of them are particularly notable anymore.

    Over the last year there have been a bunch of efforts that are hard to look at with an unjaded eye -- the "Ed talks" are the firm's take on Ted talks (having a senior vice president give a speech while walking around on a stage really doesn't capture the whole Ted experience); knock-offs of Shark Tank, and superficial talk of innovation fill our email boxes along with videos of our new president's "Connect Tour." Some employees are paid to try and build excitement on Yammer. A lot of effort goes into what one might call "influence operations" to convince employees that management is on their side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look back to the basics that made the firm great. It probably isn't possible to undo the cost savings you've already imposed since the IPO, but you can staunch the bleeding.

    You've managed to erode the corporate culture through hoteling and a watered down assessment process. The email campaign about the new health care plans was tone deaf.

    We've got to rebuild the culture. Give Principals more autonomy. Figure out a way to get teams working in the same place.

    Perhaps the only thing you could do to hurt morale and team culture more than you have would be to move to open office plans. You made a mistake with hoteling -- don't amplify it.

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