Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews in Annapolis Junction, MD

Updated January 17, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015
2,290 Reviews
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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.  

    Booz Allen had been a professional, challenging experience with great development opportunities

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good management, Team work, Growth opportunities

    Cons

    Benefits just standard
    Compensation is middle of industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lower standards or benefits to stay competitive, it just makes you mediocre

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Stable company with some room to grow in the private sector but has the government pains of all contracting companies

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

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

    Pros

    -Increasing remote delivery positions
    -Investing a lot in internal data science resources
    -Reward loyalty to the company
    -Very accommodating to work/life balance

    Cons

    -Politics
    -Sometimes push you to do something because they need to fill a position
    -Education reimbursement is too low to consider furthering education at top schools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 18 people found this helpful  

    Downhill since Carlyle acquisition.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
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  5.  

    Great employer, reacting to recent market changes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8. 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
  9.  

    Good people who like their work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Internship Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a 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

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