Booz Allen Hamilton
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www.boozallen.com McLean, VA 5000+ Employees

Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews in Arlington, VA

Updated Feb 26, 2014
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3.7 50 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

Booz Allen Hamilton Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Shrader

Ralph W. Shrader

(29 ratings)

88% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Booz Allen has grown

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsWork life balance is very good. They are located everywhere which makes looking for jobs internall if you move very nice.

    ConsIt has grown enormously and I don't know if the management has fully figured out how to handle it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on cutting off some of the fluff in the company. There are too many employees for the work. Stop taking advantage of the government.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work, many opportunities

    Associate (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsThis place is absolutely full of some of the most educated, optimistic, intelligent and flexible people I have ever worked with. For the most part, Associates and below make excellent employees, collaborators and friends. I have felt challenged and full of great things to do.

    ConsMany of the large contracts run by Booz Allen are so far distanced from the company that many employees become more of a fixture in their individual contract than in the company at large.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEstablish a track for those in the company who wish to continue to improve their skills in their chosen discipline, rather than requiring all managers to sell business and win contracts to get ahead.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Pretty Good

    Associate Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsThe campuses are solid. The sort of thing you think a consultanting company would have. The problem is that more and more work is going to the client site. Thus the settings are far from ideal. You usually get reimbursed for parking, adqueately paid, and they are pretyt solid on floating you on the beach. The contribution plan is solid and allows you to really dump a lot of money into your 401k.

    ConsPretty stuff work environment. It's library like when I float back to main campus. The path to Senior Associate is not linear and you need the necessary business case to boost you up. The upside to that is that they don't mind if you hang out at Associate for years and just focus on work and skill.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRalph's doing a good job. That Q4 cert program was great! The split from the commercial side will allow us to focus on the bread n butter, the federal government.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place for the Self Starter

    Associate (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsIf you're looking for a place where you can punch the clock and earn your stripes on tenure, Booz Allen is not for you. If you're looking for a place where you can blaze your own path to success, you've found your place. Salaries are excellent, as are benefits and vacation packages. Emphasis on work/life balance.

    Cons50% of staff are located at client site, and one can start to feel disconnected from the rest of the organization when offsite. 401k plan, while excellent, takes 5 years to fully vest.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake the time to reach out to your client site personnel and ensure that they have an understanding of the big picture for the Firm and the team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Okay place to work

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsEducation, Resume builder, talented and smart coworkers

    ConsPromotion Structure, dress code, Working on projects that utilize your individual skills that you want to work on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUtilize your employees skills to the fullest and allow employees to work on projects that they enjoy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    OK place to work; flexible but not as competitive

    Associate (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsChallenging work and a variety of projects.

    ConsSalary and benefits not competitive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize junior staffers more. Provide better admin management to junior staff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fair enough.

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    Proslots of opportunities if you are willing to seek it out. great work/life balance and flexibility in schedule. Success depends on your ability to network and market yourself and your abilities. Must be willing to go above and beyond to get leadership's attention. Smart people, driven people.

    ConsYou are just a number. Lots of emphasis on utilization. Promotions are not always fair. A lot of "volunteer" time expected. No bonuses for Level 3 and below... Kind of a joke, if you ask me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake project opportunities more transparent. Need to do a better job aligning project work with staff interests. Otherwise will have retention problems as staff mature.

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    Booz Allen Hamilton is a great place to work.

    Associate (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsThe professionalism and limitless potential of the people of Booz Allen Hamilton. Everyone here is working toward the same goal of providing the best consultancy to the government at all levels. When everyone is working towards building and bringing new business to the Firm. Because it is this new business that makes Booz Allen the best in the Management Consulting Market. Because BAH focuses on the productivity of its people vs where the work is done, the work life balance is superb. It is this faith in its employess and the integrity of the firm that makes working here great.

    ConsThere are no downsides except the constraints of working in a contract-orented environment. While it is great to be very specific in what we are charged with delivering, this can be a down side as well. Because there are times when the client asks for one thing but in reality needs something else. Although this really isn't a downside, it just a different atmosphere from my previous employer. Like I began this answer. There are no downsides to working at Booz Allen Hamilton.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are doing a great job. Keep up the good work and break up the Associate level 3.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Need more visibility into Senior Associate (Level IV)

    Associate (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsThe best reasons to work for Booz Allen Hamilton include their top training programs and the very strong benefits package. In addition, the experience you get while working on-site at government agencies is very hands-on. There is tremendous opportunity for advancement as well.

    Cons"Mystery" regarding compensation, promotion and overall career advancement. While there is tremendous opportunity for advancement, the culture of the firm is to "hide" the rewards for making Level IV (Senior Associate) and going up the career ladder. It can be frustrating because you don't know if it is "worth it" to work long hours, nights and weekends and being away from your family. There needs to be more visibility into the compensation structure for Level IVs and beyond.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore visibility into the promotion process, including what it takes to get promoted, what the compensation looks like at the Senior Associate level and beyond, and overall career track mentoring.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsGood atmospher, well respected by clients.

    ConsEvaluations are not completed usuallyl in a timely manner.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook to your retired military members and utilize them for their knowledge (officer and enlisted).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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