Booz Allen Hamilton
3.4 of 5 1,906 reviews
www.boozallen.com McLean, VA 5000+ Employees

Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.4 1,906 reviews

                             

74% Approve of the CEO

Booz Allen Hamilton Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Shrader

Ralph W. Shrader

(1,180 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great work-life balance; Good co-workers; merit-based promotions"
    in 262 reviews
  • "High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters"
    in 95 reviews
Cons:
  • "Booz Allen promotes the concept of work-life balance, but this is a facade"
    in 97 reviews
  • "You'll meet many people because so many leave regularly or are given "Lack of Work" letters"
    in 38 reviews
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Flexible work environment, lots of red tape

Associate (Current Employee)
Orlando, FL

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

ProsStimulating work for technical consultants, with room for promotions, and autonomy if you can develop business.

ConsGovernment contracting is very frustrating at times due to delays in contracts getting funded, etc.

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow more outside training without impacting utilization rates.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Been with the company a few years - very professional

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

ProsBenefits are great and the salary is pretty good too.

ConsCan be too expensive for some customers, resulting in lost opportunities.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire people who are professional proposal writers instead of having staff write proposals after they work their normal jobs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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longtime employer

Management Consulting Associate (Current Employee)
Annapolis Junction, MD

I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 10 years

Prosgreat family atmosphere, good training for future opportunities

Conslack of work opportunities for personal growth and promotion, too many staffing levels

Advice to Senior Managementprovide growth opportunities and new contracts

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent experience

Information Security Engineer (Current Employee)
Baltimore, MD

I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than a year

ProsGood pay and room for advancement

ConsManagement is more focused on profit rather then employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementPromote from within!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very good company.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

ProsGreat reputation, particularly in defense consulting. They hire good people and pay them fairly well.

ConsHigh demands for hours and consistent pressure to identify new opportunities.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet consultants consult, limit current excessive oversight.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great opportunities if you're on the right team at the right time

Associate (Current Employee)
McLean, VA

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

ProsFantastic, smart, talented people to work with. New functional communities could (potentially) be a great resource but they are too immature to tell. Personally, I've experienced great work/life balance, but know this is dependent on the client and manager.

ConsBad market, career management and advancement plans need serious attention. In my opinion, If you are entirely billable, it is very difficult to make a change in job function or project. It seems that "resigning" from one program and putting yourself on "the bench" is the only way to try something new.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good Work Life Balance, Lots of Politics

Associate (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 5 years

ProsRarely have to work evenings and weekends
Wide variety of clients and easily able to move between divisions
Competitive Pay

ConsLots of politics -- must be see at right meetings/take on high profile assignments outside of client work to advance
Male dominated culture -- few females in leadership roles

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more selective on accounts -- the focus on growth is impacting the quality of assignments/clients and hurting the company's reputation.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Solid Organization in Government Consulting

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsPeople have good work ethic and are typically solid performers. For those who do not prefer the up-or-out culture of most consulting companies, Booz Allen allows employees to live out their career in the middle ranks. Compensation is good for the industry.

ConsGovernment work is mostly in contraction right now and nearly all of Booz Allen's work is with the federal government. There is a big pressure to reduce costs, which has resulted in a number of benefit reductions in recent years. There is also a significant pressure to remain billable.

Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management should be more transparent and connect with employees more often and in more intimate forums. The CEO rarely communicates outside of formal emails and public announcements. Also, in multiple cases the leadership has made decisions that undermine employees' trust in their transparency.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good

Associate (Current Employee)
Herndon, VA

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

Prosgood place to work, good work/life balance

Consvery dependent on us government jobs

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience

Associate (Former Employee)
McLean, VA

I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat room for personal growth. Upper management really want to see you succeed

ConsHard work life balance. The company expects a lot out of their employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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