Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews in Annapolis Junction, MD

Updated October 25, 2014
Updated October 25, 2014
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Booz Allen Hamilton Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Shrader
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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.  

    Great employer, reacting to recent market changes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 18 people found this helpful  

    Downhill since Carlyle acquisition.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Annapolis Junction, MD

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements, name still considered 'prestigious' in the market.

    Cons

    Benefits cut (medical slashed in 2015, ECAP gone), training hours have to be made up/paid back, promotion opportunities cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your line of business is selling human capital to clients. Since the IPO and takeover by the Carlyle group, benefits have been cut - ECAP eliminated, training cut, all staff at 100% direct labor, no time or money for innovation (you may claim otherwise, making me work extra to work on projects that benefit the firm is bs). Cutting benefits and training pushes your best and most valuable workers to competitors or government jobs. Following low budget competitors like LM, SAIC, and Ledios in a 'race to the bottom' will only hurt the firm long term. The firm has completely changed from the past - it used to be the employer of choice for high end consulting. Not any more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Tremendous amount of opportunity and professional growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Annapolis Junction, MD

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Booz offers flexible work schedules. The client's we support have extremely exciting missions where Booz Allen staff are able to provide real impact. Leadership cares about their staff and continuously provides opportunities for growth

    Cons

    The firm communications are definitely lacking. The rumor mill far outpaces the corporate communications, and when those communications come out, they are not in tune with the staff. Corporate policies can inhibit agility to response to unique client challenges

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Time are tough, but there are still opportunities here...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Annapolis Junction, MD

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

    Pros

    This is a pretty big company, so there are plenty of opportunities to switch projects if contracts end. All of my coworkers are very capable. Pay is ok, but benefits are solid.

    Cons

    It's sad when folks get let go or are forced to switch contracts due to lack of funds / hours. Promotions can be hard to get. Seems like smaller companies pay more. Needs to do a better job in keeping the super stars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure we are better than the competition... in all areas. You need to treat us right and hire the right people to do the best for the clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Big company, great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis Junction, MD

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, leadership opportunities, number of projects to work on, number of locations across the nation (and internationally), various clients and types of work

    Cons

    Benefits are very average now, large variety of technical ability, inconsistent career management across teams/accounts/regions, lack of confidence in senior leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people more. If you invest in your people - they will enjoy their experience which will allow recruiting and attracting top talent to happen organically.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good people who like their work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Annapolis Junction, MD

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Most people seemed to try to be helpful.

    Cons

    Very little direction given for solutions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rarely spoke with upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Superior Administrative Professional Team

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Annapolis Junction, MD

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

    Pros

    Locations across the country in places one would not expect.
    Generous salary
    Access to technology and education

    Cons

    One huge organization with small "independently operated businesses" makes for potentially shady performance evaluations.
    Business model was inconsistent across the country

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and remain accountable for your entire team, not just revenue-producing team members.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Internship Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Annapolis Junction, MD

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

    Pros

    The company is very flexible and has great opportunities for moving up the ladder. There are many young people in the company, and there is a lot of opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    Do not expect to have your own office unless you are a higher up because the company has a strict hoteling policy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    A once-proud firm on its way to becoming an also-ran contracting house.

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

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

    Pros

    Booz Allen has contacts everywhere. If you're looking for qualifications for a certain project or introduction to a government organization, you'll find a contact easily.
    There are lots of ways to keep in contact with colleagues. For example, one can search employee profiles on the intranet and have conversations on just about any topic on Yammer.
    Corporate parties are well-funded and well-planned.
    The company seems to be amenable to flexible work arrangements.
    The firm carried all its employees during the government shutdown. A welcome gesture when other contractors were being released for lack of funds.

    Cons

    Everything shuts down for a month at the end of the fiscal year. It becomes frustrating when one has an active, funded contract but can't purchase, travel, or charge time because the company has to spend four weeks reconfiguring its accounting system.
    Speaking of accounting systems, nothing propagates automatically between systems. This means there is a relatively high probability of someone somewhere along the line fat-fingering your numbers. It also takes a long time to go from establishing a project to actually being able to work on it.
    I work in the Booz Allen Hamilton Engineering Services ... entity. Long story short, we were a division of another company, which Booz Allen acquired. They decided to keep us a separate entity, because Booz Allen isn't set up to do engineering work. However, this means we neither operate as a separate company nor operate as part of the Firm. So, for example, we have to run through two separate approval chains for everything - not conducive to fast-paced engineering work. It is also ambiguous who has control over what funds, who is managing what project, etc., which leads to infighting instead of cooperation.
    The firm is so proud of carrying its employees through the shutdown. However, with employees expected to work 10+ hours of unpaid overtime every week, that seems like the very least it could do.
    Finally, the firm is much too risk-averse. It encourages innovation, as long as the innovation doesn't threaten established processes or require purchasing anything. They're so afraid of their name appearing on the news that any novel project will be rejected at the highest levels of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either spin off Engineering Services into a completely separate company, or fully absorb it. Get your corporate systems more automated and interoperable. Take more risks or risk becoming an also-ran contractor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company, but not for long-term employment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Technologist in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Staff Technologist in Annapolis Junction, MD

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

    Pros

    There is an opportunity to telecommute and that has been helpful at times.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, like many companies. BAH has fallen victim to the change in the economy and as contracts are either not won or not renewed, many people are given lack-of-work letters and shown the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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