Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated July 8, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great 401K plan Quality training internal and external competitive benefits

    Cons

    chance for advancement are not transparent no bonus

    Advice to Management

    promote from within BAH


  2. executive assistant

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    free coffee and free donuts

    Cons

    don't know yet. only working for a few months

    Advice to Management

    none yet


  3. Helpful (19)

    A once good company going so quickly by the wayside

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It still maybe has something of a good brand name. And the benefits were good, although I have seen the once good tuition benefit become ever more constrained in terms of how much assistance you get, and limits on what you can use it for.

    Cons

    I''ll try sum it up front here quickly: the senior leaders of the firm are practicing dishonesty on an epic scale. No one believes them any more. Sound strident? They have been asserting for nearly 2 years - basically since the Carlyle Group's leveraged buyout - that the "secret sauce" of the firm - the firm's unique culture - will not be changed, at all. Why would they change it, they said? Why mess with success? Well, it is the equivalent of state propaganda - repeat something long enough, and it will be believed by many despite all the evidence in front of them . So many things have changed, so fast. The entrepreneurial culture and ability to grow business is gone; all we are about now is big proposals. Like the other poster said - we are aiming to be just like SAIC or GD or NG. And the layoffs - with no warning - of 30+ Principals and about 100 Senior Associates (there are names to back up each these numbers, including my former boss) - people who had paid their dues and build successful and profitable businesses, only to 1) be asked about a year ago to leave their areas of practice within the firm to be "fungible", and then 2) if they had a misstep in their new area, or - truly in most cases - if they were not well-connected - it was used quickly as an excuse and then they were told they were being terminated immediately. One retired military officer, who had transitioned successfully and worked hard to build a $15M business from zero in his 2 years with the firm, was preparing for a marketing call to a senior DOD rep the very next day, when he got a call from his partner that "he might not want to make that marketing call, after he heard what the partner was about to tell him" (his termination). He is still shocked. Many others were done pretty shabbily as well. It was done stealthily, quickly, and without any real objective, falsifiable evidence - like a police state purge - and to the degree senior leadership is talking about it at all (not much), they are rewriting history to smear folks in generalities, saying that only the bad people were let go: non-performers! Yeah, right. Too many cases of the people who really did the work and built the business, are being canned in favor of compliant tools that didn't earn their way into the position. Why are they doing this? Simple and probably obvious to the outside observer. Cut costs to the bone in the year (plus minus) left until the IPO, so the most senior management plus Carlyle can show the market a super pumped up profitable firm. Pump and dump. Then they leave, and who cares what happens after that. Some (outside the firm) may say that this is the real world, and predictable, but when one hears the most senior leaders repeating the same mantra over and over, and then suddenly drop a bomb of new operating practices and people practices on professionals who have dedicated years to the firm - is not honest. They have lost all credibility. After all, the last few years prior to this one were advertised internally by the leadership as record years for revenue and profit. So, the "why would we change" message was believed for quite a long time. The only reason for these changes and firings - is to put more short term money in the pockets of the very few at the top. Squeezed out of those who built it over time. I have been with the firm for 6 years, and saw what a great place it once ways. Now, it's a place that is heading toward delivering mediocre results to clients, at expensive rates, abandoning a grow from within leadership model, and breaking commitments and faith and trust. It will take a long time to recover, if indeed it ever will.

    Advice to Management

    Buy sleeping aids.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    The company is what you make of it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (1)

    It's just another larger corporation.

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Think about giving incentive to junior level staff.


  7. Booz Allen Consultant

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits for education and training are excellent.

    Cons

    Salary, inconsistent promotions and salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the industry average according to education and previous work.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good Resume Builder

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. its what you make of it

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Solid career, pretty happy.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good business model, assessments are fair.

    Cons

    Really hard to advance past Associate.

    Advice to Management

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


  11. Great place to work, many opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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