Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

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Booz Allen Hamilton Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Shrader
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    8 years, finishing as a Senior Associate

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    Former Employee - Technology Consulting Senior Associate in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Technology Consulting Senior Associate in McLean, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Tight nit organization, as it became a public company it started to feel more like a defense contractor. Great overall benefits, especially if you stay there for 6 years. Still has much more of a consulting culture compared to other government contractors.

    Cons

    Now that is is a public company most of the focus and culture can make it feel like other defense contractors. Also company is not really relevant in the commercial market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bring back the old ECAP plan, it was a big seller to staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great culture

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in McLean, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people at Booz Allen are great, there's an emphasis on career/professional development, and the firm has high ethical standards

    Cons

    Mobility and diversity between assignments is very limited as you move up in the ranks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In today's constrained environment make full use of the things you can control - enabling consultants to gain wider exposure to various clients/types of assignments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 8 people found this helpful

    Some valuable work but gross mismanagement by senior leadership

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    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Booz Allen does provide excellent support in obtaining continuing education and certifications needed to perform work. Booz Allen still lives on its reputation from the past. It was once a thriving, top employee driven firm with the best and the brightest employees and top level benefits. If you happen to land on the right team and project, it can still be that way. However, as many others have mentioned, that is not the majority of cases anymore. It does have many offices and that can be helpful since employees can work at any location which helps with commutes. Some good managers still exist at the mid-level area in the firm and they do try to support their employees.

    Cons

    Booz Allen's entire executive management team needs to be replaced...including the recent promotion they had to CEO. They do not understand business strategy (and actually any leadership concepts) and you can't even discuss topics with them without a set of PowerPoint slides that "look pretty." When they say "strategy" at the firm, they really mean "organizational realignment" and not true business strategic planning. So....every year or tow, they move boxes around on the organizational chart and they change the names of the groups. I guess no one has read any Harvard business strategy publications. Shrader was an engineer and lived off the old general market strategy of using client relationships to win additional work. However, the market changed and when clients said they needed to save monies, they cut higher paid employees and still went for "generic work" that others can do. They also cut operating costs without understanding how their changes would impact the work environment for employees. Their strategy to hire employees without having any contracts to place them on was disastrous the first, second, and third time they tried this (it took 3 times of this insanity????). They will probably do it again too. Partners are so far removed from their employees and day-to-day work they don't know what proposals have true chances of winning and what skill sets their team members truly possess. How can you run a business that way? The leadership does not seem to understand that the employees that are available to work and that they are hiring versus the work they are selling is a huge mismatch. Then, they blame internal staff for the problems that they create. They continue to promote employees to higher level management that have no management skills and they do not apply performance measures to management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn true business strategy, create a strategic plan, use performance measures (hey - ever heard of a balanced scorecard?)...and do all this without changing the names of your divisions and calling that "a strategy."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Hired just before the company went public and was part of a mass hire with no project assigned at time of hire.

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    Former Employee - Consultant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Dedicated professionals. Teams are talented and strong and inspire one another to strive for excellence.

    Cons

    It's management consulting. Have no expectation that you can't be replaced and that there are never any guarantees when a contract ends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency is key to the success of the business. Make it a value and the employees will never doubt the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful

    Your experience will depend entirely on the group you're in.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant Level II in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant Level II in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements and excellent benefits; some groups have real expertise in their fields.

    Cons

    Like many companies structured as partnerships, BAH has a feudal feel; your partner "owns" you and sets the tone for the entire group. Like many client-service companies, fulfilling the contract minimum using low-level employees that fill seats without requiring much salary is much more profitable than using highly-skilled and compensated professionals. That means that, unless someone takes a special interest in you, your career development is entirely up to you; you're much more valuable as a cog than as a professional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It feels like there's no way to advance at BAH except through generating business, but some contract require actual expertise. Reward technical skill if you want to be able to deliver what you've sold.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. Gone downhill over time

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

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

    Pros

    Good experience if you have no work experience, everyone else will be frusterated.

    Cons

    No ability to move between projects, benefits constantly cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to investing in your people instead of issuing dividends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful

    Get out/don't join if you can

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Ability to telecommute, but even this is going away despote not having adequate spaces to work at the office.

    Cons

    Lack of character in leadership. Abusive, small minded and generally dont know how to be leaders. Did I mention they truly do not care about employees? Everyone leaving if they can. Pay and benefits are being consistently reduced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not totally lost cause if top management realizes problems and cares to make change. Promote folks that are leaders and not just political bureaucrats. Seriously drive a cultural change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Review on working in management consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, VA

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    Former Employee - Consultant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    The company offers great opportunities to work on interesting projects in various industries/sectors. It is a good, solid place to start one's consulting career. The organization is also very diverse. I also valued the networking opportunities. The company culture is very collegial and collaborative.

    Cons

    As with any career in consulting, you have to be ready to be flexible and adaptable -- you may be placed on a project in any number of geographic locations. You also have to be ready to climb potentially steep learning curves. I found that the company didn't offer much training to incoming consultants and consultants are expected to hit the ground running. Nevertheless, I think it is a good company to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful

    Lead Associate 10+ Years @ BAH

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Executive leadership is for the most part is good and accessible. Positive change with new CEO for start of FY2016. Training and educational monies made available to staff are good but not the best in the market. Flex to work from home is good.

    Cons

    Poor benefits, 401k/retirement plan, poor work life balance boundaries. Don’t expect to be disconnected from the mother ship when you are on PTO. Core values with respects to people first feels more like DL & revenue first before you. If you are without a project, LOWs (Lack of Work letters) are sent out quickly. Minimal assistance from your team/direct leadership/resource management team with placing on you another project. Sad that they hire outside people and not help displaced staff be matrixed to new projects/work.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Really dependent on your team, but my experience was excellent - great team and good infrastructure.

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    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    It really depends on your team, but I had a great team of people. We worked fairly independently of the rest of Booz Allen - almost like a startup within a bigger company where we had ample resources, but freedom to work on our own projects.

    Cons

    As a big company, you need to be where they need you to be. If you don't like it, it could be quite difficult to change your position, team, project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider employees' feelings and desires more and match them to what they want to work on. This will lead to more effective work and better retention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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