Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews in Herndon, VA

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
2,245 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is generally pretty good but also depends on the client you support (in 295 reviews)

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


Cons
  • The Work Life Balance that it promises is often not the reality (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.  

    Not bad!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is a cool place to work and grow. your coworkers are nice people

    Cons

    Managers can do better with their employees and salary is a little bit down

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 27 people found this helpful  

    The Titanic of the DC Metro Area

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

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

    Pros

    - Big, shiny object on your resume
    - Lots of firm-wide emails meant to boost your morale about the latest benefit cut
    - Hoteling implementation has led to lots of Working From Home (avoiding the treacherous DC area commute)
    - Still buys out Kings Dominion once a year for Employee Appreciation Day (amazingly this perk has outlived quality health care plans)

    Cons

    - A sinking giant in Federal "Consulting" in full cost-cutting mode after recent IPO. The stock is doing well b/c the employees aren't.
    - Extremely poor raises (promotion and non-promotion) in the last 2+ years
    - Reduction of once amazing 401k program to slightly above average 401k program
    - Change to all high deductible health plans (with super high premiums) and emails from management about how this is a good thing
    - Switched to the full Federal holiday schedule which resulted in zero floating holidays (was 2), no Black Friday holiday, and a reduction in PTO.
    - Ability to switch projects not on par with other true consulting firms (lots of boring staff augmentation type roles with little mobility)
    - Top talent leaving the firm to work at better places.
    - Changes structure/organization/quirky catch phrase ALL the time - seriously why even try any more?
    - All of the above is resulting in the firm losing its prestige and sinking QUICKLY. Booz Allen used to be a very respected place to to build your career, now its just...a place to work until you find something else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company now and cash out while you can - this sucker is going down with you "titans of industry" at the wheel!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Experience on a Terrible Team

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The firm pays competitively and supports teleworking if allowed per your contract. If you're lucky to be assigned to a good team then you will flourish, and people look out for one another. They offer good health insurance (which is becoming increasingly harder to come by) with plenty of options to fit your needs. 401K % matched was just lowered but still a good benefit.

    Cons

    Team was greedy and project lead only looked out for himself....I was picked up and used by a team to gain more business from client site, whom I had fostered a good relationship with but once they were finessed two extra billets I became dispensable and treated like a plague from entire team to include HR/recruiting. Lip service central and disappointing to colleagues I knew on different teams who were apologetic on my own teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually be about the people and not the money because in the end its your reputation and just because you have legacy with clients doesn't mean you're guaranteed to future business/contracts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 13 people found this helpful  

    Ever notice most SA's and Principals are unmarried or divorced? Ask yourself why?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in Herndon, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    --Young people are quite talented.
    --Great coffee--seriously, it was a little thing that was appreciated.
    --Reputation from years ago still carries some weight.
    --There are some good managers still around. If you can find one, get on their programs.
    --The good projects are interesting. They won't pay well, but nice people.
    --People dress professionally.
    --Good 401(k) match.

    Cons

    --Like "Lord of the Flies"? Then you'll love watching senior management undercut each other. This was depressing to see. Unfortunately, we underlings were treated like pawns in their squabbles.
    --Training? That's your own problem on your own dime.
    --Want a raise? Go somewhere else.
    --Enjoy 65-hour work weeks months at a time? Like work calls on Sunday AM? Perhaps this explains all the divorces!
    --Like bonuses only for executives (i.e. not the 65 hour work week people)? If you are not an executive (i.e. SA and above), you are not going to get anything other than a couple hundred bucks for a couple hundred extra hours worked--and not that's not an exaggeration. Ask around to confirm this.
    --Like work calls at home at 10:30 PM?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    --Look at what your competitors are offering, and think about what you need to do in order to retain your key people. Why is your turnover so high and morale so low? Somebody needs to analyze this to stop the loss of talent. This trend can be fixed, but it is going to cost you something to do it.
    --Yes, 24-year-olds can do 70% of the work of 52-year-olds at 40% of the cost, but the epic fails of the 30% of the stuff they can't do, is highly damaging. The government is quickly realizing that the expensive bloat of top-heavy management, means there are cheaper and better companies to work with than Booz.
    --Discourage the in-fighting among SA's and Principals. This was such a turnoff to witness, that I had no interest in ever seeking to rise to that level at this company. I left.
    --You guys are being really cheap on training. Smaller companies know this and are snatching our best and brightest staff by offering this. Someone at 1-Dulles needs to figure this out.
    --I saw great young workers around me who made great impacts for the customer. Management took all the credit, took their bonuses, and the people who did the heavy lift got no bonus, no promotion, and no verbal accolades. Those guys left shortly after this.
    --Respect work/life balance. Occasional long hours are okay, but this should not be the norm. Expecting regular 10-12 hour days (without a dime of bonus) is a fast way to burn out your people, and wreck their family lives, if they put up with this longer than a year or two.
    --Rebuild Booz to what it was 10+ years ago. It can be done. You have some great people within, so don't burn them out or chase them off to greener pastures elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great! Entry Level Job

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

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable people, very fast pace work, everyone is proficient and above, volunteer work

    Cons

    pay raises, promotions, closing offices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on employee than stock holders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good learning experience, smart people to work with, recent cost cutting measures rapidly deteriorating company culture

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

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

    Pros

    get on the right project, an you may learn a thing or two. company is rapidly heading towards more like a body shop, churning through college grads and feeding people through the pipe, but you might still run into a few more smart people on the team whom you can collaborate and work on cool stuff

    slightly above average pay

    Cons

    you don't always get to work on the stuff that was promised when they interview you

    if they can't clarify what you will be working on and mention anything with the word "investment", run like hell bc as soon as the funding goes dry you go bye bye

    drastic cost cutting measures recently as they move everyone to a hoteling system (you do not get assigned seats and must fight with many other employes to get a seat in the office). They are trying to allow everyone to work from home, which sounds nice at first until you spend more than half of your time tracking time the people you need to talk to. Working over the VPN is completely horrible with frequent dropped and slow connection.

    Oh by the way, they are shutting down offices and forcing everyone to drive to DC, have fun with the commute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop doing things that seem to deliberately hinder how your employee work. management is supposed to make collaboration easier, not impossible, pay serious attention to the high turn over rate, as the people who quit will spread the word about how horrible BAH has gotten

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for

    Former Employee - Associate in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Had a Great team
    Used to have regular team events (twice a month)
    Work from home( with mandatory attendance on meetings alternate weeks)
    ECAP
    Mentoring opportunities ( not much effective though)
    Excellent internal training program
    Very good health benefits

    Cons

    Spending cuts
    reduced ECAP contribution
    not easy to grow career wise
    long hours
    not much budget was allocated for attending professional seminars and external training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to cultivate open culture.

  9.  

    Good company, tough market

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

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

    Pros

    Culture is young to experience, great working atmosphere, great benefits and alot of opportunity to gain new skills, always feel you can voice where you want to go and have the career manager back you on it. Great mentors as long as they stay with the company.

    Cons

    Tough to obtain the pay you should earn given the market and looking for experienced candidates with low salaries. With tighter scrutiny on contracts and the competitive field, Booz Allen is back at the drawing board in learning how to win competitive work. After Booz went public the feel of employee's first has gone and it's now bottom line first. More emphasis on the employee's is going to be needed in order to stay where they need to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start having higher level management be realistic about what we go after and arm middle management with the tools to discuss changes going on within the company. We're losing talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Booz Allen is a great place to start your carrier!The people in their are really nice and helpful!

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good training! the atmosphere of the job is good

    Cons

    Hard to fit in a first year

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Treated well and happy with BAH. I was a lucky one on a good team......some aren't as lucky.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Analyst in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Analyst in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    BAH has treated me well, as an intern, as a FT employee, and as a person. I have really enjoyed the people I've worked with. Some of the smartest/brightest people I've ever met has been at Booz.

    Cons

    Benefits have gotten slashed in the past few years and the experience you have at BAH is typically "team focused" meaning...if you have a great team, you'll have a good job....but a bad team means your life could be a living hell. It all depends, if you aren't sure about the team that your about to on-board with....be careful in your decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring top talent....not the average Joe-Smoe's that keep getting on contract because they are "cheap". Also, focus on the commercial markets, they're the clients that are actually fun and exciting to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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