Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated March 10, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    The company is what you make of it

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Please of opportunity for success for the self-starter.
    Excellent benefits
    Progressive work arrangements (teleworking, part-time, etc)
    Highly varied contracts
    Company is successful and well-grounded, no risk of going under
    Great reputation

    Cons

    Upper management are generally mystery figures
    You have to be motivated, the passive (i.e., those on the beach) tend to just disappear
    Upper management too focused on marketing, not on their own staff
    The squeaky wheel gets the grease, for better or worse
    Recent changes, probably due to Carlyle, are unsettling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let us know what changes are coming. Recent shake-ups suggest instability. The path the Level 4 needs to be illuminated.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    It's just another larger corporation.

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    a lot of different types of projects available.
    mostly great people to work with. Colleagues are great and helpful.

    Cons

    No real incentive to go beyond the regular expectation. No real way to recognize outstanding performances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about giving incentive to junior level staff.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. Booz Allen Consultant

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Benefits for education and training are excellent.

    Cons

    Salary, inconsistent promotions and salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the industry average according to education and previous work.

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

    Good Resume Builder

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    - good opportunities to meet bright and talented people
    - many opportunities to work on different types of projects (as long as you have the proper connections and reach out to people and make use of the tools available to you)
    - Learn new skills by working on projects that require you to go outside your comfort zone

    Cons

    - Educational reimbursements are very weak (~5000 per year)
    - Must be self-motivated and a quick learner or else you will be destined to fail
    - Depending on your respective management, you may need to put in extra effort to get noticed or even get responses to questions
    - Being on-client site can alienate you from the Booz-Allen culture
    - Assessments are tedious and take a long time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Change assessment process
    - Need to better communicate with people who work on client site
    - Provide larger educational reimbursement packages

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. its what you make of it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    if you're proactive you can get a lot out of it. need to navigate yourself through the system in order to succeed - if u do then you're golden and can make great contacts and good experience

    Cons

    hard to get staffed on the good projects, most projects are seat fillers so really need to be careful of which group you join

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give your employees good projects to work on not just seat filler contracts which will demotivate them

    No opinion of CEO
  7. Solid career, pretty happy.

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Good business model, assessments are fair.

    Cons

    Really hard to advance past Associate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread out levels of advancement so that everyone is not a 3!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great place to work, many opportunities

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    This 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.

    Cons

    Many 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 ManagementAdvice

    Establish 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. Booz Allen has grown

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. Pretty Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Pretty 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 ManagementAdvice

    Ralph'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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Place for the Self Starter

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    50% 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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