Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated July 8, 2015
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  • Work-Life balance is pretty awesome (in 295 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 106 reviews)

Cons
  • It's challenging to find proper work/life balance (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. Senior Consultant

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton (More than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well run company, opportunity to grow and develop, good benefits package

    Cons

    Pay is a bit lower than average, expect a lot of non project related administrative work if you'd like to advance


  2. Helpful (3)

    Once Great, Now Decent

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - High job security for a contractor. During the 2013 govt shut down, BAH was the only contractor in the area which did not put their employees immediately on unpaid furlough. If your contract ends or funding falls through, they will work with you to find something. - Flexible leave/PTO schedule. Allow you to take up to 40hrs additional time off beyond your official allotment, given you make it up. - Educational benefits (including: $5,000/year education fund, and many free training courses) - Lots of resources for parents - Every employee is provided a dedicated career manager to help you meet your career goals/aspirations - Being such a large company means you have a a broad array of different contract types, and clients to potentially work with - The hierarchy is very flat. It is not an issue to directly contact someone many levels above you with a question. Everyone prefers first names, even at the CEO level. If you reach out for advice or support, even on cold calls, regardless of level, you can expect a friendly and helpful response. People genuinely want to support you at BAH if you're willing to ask.

    Cons

    - Salaries are no longer as competitive as they once were. Expect 1-2% raises per year, and up to 6% for a promotion. - Latest health care options carry high deductibles, and are co-insurance rather than co-pay - Focus on maintaining "billability," rather than meeting personal interests of employees - Client site employees can feel disconnected

    Advice to Management

    Since becoming publicly traded, BAH lost many of the niceties which made BAH a cut above the rest, in terms of companies to work for. While some of these cuts were understandable, and to be expected, the degree to which this has occurred has had a significant impact on morale, and has lead many who previously saw themselves as a lifetime Booz Allen employee to look elsewhere for employment.


  3. Helpful (7)

    Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Booz Allen is a consulting firm with excellent name recognition. Also, Booz Allen is a respected firm that is valued by federal agencies

    Cons

    The health insurance benefits are terrible. I am not talking just bad, I am talking dreadful. Booz Allen's leadership is seemingly most concerned with shareholder profits; employees are taking a very bad hit from the new insurance policy

    Advice to Management

    Booz Allen's leadership should think less about shareholder profits and more about the employees they are losing through their draconian insurance benefits plan.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    A lot of ups and downs over six years

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you can find the right team, then enjoy the experience. I've moved teams 5 times in 6+ years in order to find a better experience for myself. In many cases, I had to navigate the company myself, which can be confusing. The confusion arises from the idea that you CAN be matrixed out to another team but then your teams Principal may (or may not) receive a bonus. Principals receive compensation for the numbers on their team, so they don't like to matrix people out even if the position is exactly what you want, because they'll lose money. It took me 4 years to find a good career manager and 5 years to find a good technical lead.

    Cons

    There can be very little engagement from management. Benefits change on an annual basis and they've become more expensive over the past 4 years, with the direct response from management that we need to "remain competitive." The once great 401k plan, ECAP, has been adjusted from 10% down to 6%. This sounds reasonable except that this was a major fringe benefit and was once used to attract talent. BAH also suffers from identity problems; are we a technology and data science company OR are we consultants. Many times you get the line "why can't we be both" which is admirable but unrealistic.

    Advice to Management

    Rebuild your office culture and pick an identity. Otherwise, you're just fighting a battle against yourself and your employees are suffering.


  6. Great pay, mobility, culture, and employees, but limited project options

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Work-life balance - unless I was on a proposal (which happened about 3-4 times per year), I worked a maximum of 45 hours per week, and rarely traveled. - Pay was great and they highly rewarded advancing your education and skills. - People were for the most part fantastic: driven, smart, although there were some projects that had some dead-weight. - Path for upward mobility is very transparent, and you can advance in the company if you play your cards right.

    Cons

    - It's difficult to change projects within the company unless you network your way there. You are very much treated as an asset and it's difficult to be able to work on something you're interested in versus something you want to work on. Clients are almost exclusively government agencies and require security clearances, and the levels of bureaucracy and innovation will vary from project to project.


  7. Great company,!! Needs minimal work to make it the best in the business.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Technology Consulting Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Contractor - Technology Consulting Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    BAH offers great benefits, the opportunity to attend business related training, and their salaries are highly competitive with respect to their employees in the consulting business.

    Cons

    The cons of working for BAH are minimal. The primary area of concern is lack of dissemination of information (ie.communication) from upper management and lack of follow through with respect to holding others accountable for project completions.

    Advice to Management

    Support and promote your employees who display loyalty to the company and value workplace ethics who also display a 'nose to the grindstone mentality' instead of promoting those who are simply good at talking about what they can or might do, but seldom put actions behind their words.


  8. Great company, long history

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    May not be the marquee name it was a few years ago, but very solid company, especially for veterans entering the workforce

    Cons

    Upcoming change in top leadership may cause unexpected changes in culture/benefits.


  9. Good company to work for, great work life balance.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Booz is a great place to work. Lots of flexibility as far as opportunities and work life balance. Great first job. They are always looking at ways to improve upon the way that they operate as an organization and put their employees first. They really understand that without its consultants they would not be able to achieve the amount of success it has and it shows. Tons of training opportunities although that time doesn't count towards your billable hours so you have to be careful not dig yourself into a hole you can't get out of.

    Cons

    It is easy to get "lost" but this really depends on your management team and your ability to network. The company is large and sometimes inexperience can hurt you. In some situations you may be without a project and though there are some available, you are not qualified enough for the position. It's not always easy to cross markets once you start out.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure those in charge of the daily operations of employees, Lead Associates and above, actually care about the wellness and livelihood of those that report to them.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant Developer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant Developer in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Salary is Ok benefits are so so

    Cons

    Working conditions are such that I can't leave my chair for more than 15 minutes at a time


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Numerous contracts in different areas, mentor program

    Cons

    Not enough compensation for long hours



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