Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-Life balance is pretty awesome (in 295 reviews)

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

Cons
  • It's challenging to find proper work/life balance (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. Helpful (1)

    Military Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Military Analyst in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Military Analyst in Norfolk, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Was able to (and encouraged to) employ full extent of Joint Exercise expertise and knowledge directly with combatant command training audiences and selected HQ JTFs and sub-unified commands training audience in order to achieve some of the most successful Joint training ever. Always supported by leadership to provide customers with best of best options and follow-up.

    Cons

    At times there seem to be a strong desire to generate business opportunities over / beyond current tasks. This is a business methodology therefore this could be a pro or a con, very subjective depending on personalities and focus.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (2)

    Solid Company

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good work life balance with a opportunities to work on and try different things. Bright, talented, and good people to work with. Leadership is committed to inventing in training for the development of staff.

    Cons

    Limits on salary adjustment due to dollar caps on contracts and sometimes career opportunities can be limited to general industry environment at the time.


  3. Job Applicants

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quantitative Analyst in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Quantitative Analyst in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great entry level annual salary for new hirees

    Cons

    Seasonal hiring job applicants depending on experience and openings


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  5. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture and diversity. Both the client and the employee are of utmost importance to Booz Allen. The firm offers great training/advancement resources for employees as well as comfortable work-life balance.

    Cons

    Remote/telework may not be an option depending on the client.


  6. Helpful (10)

    Too many mid-level mangers, can't compete in austere fiscal climate, keeps "dead-weight"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Defense Research Analyst in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Defense Research Analyst in Norfolk, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good reputation and past performance gains respect of clients

    Cons

    When I was hired by Booz Allen (in a position I found) I was told that Booz Allen hires the person, not just for the contract. When my position was migrated to another company, Booz Allen did little to nothing to retain me even though I was more qualified than people working in other positions. They are more interested in keeping people billable than they are in providing the best value and qualified people for the client. Definitely has the perception of favoritism. Booz Allen is also top heavy which drives up cost and weakens ability too compete.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your talented, most qualified people and replace those who do not have skill sets for today's market who are piled on to contracts just so they can be billable


  7. Good cultural

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Associate in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Junior Associate in Norfolk, VA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people and cultural morals for a large company

    Cons

    Pay can be marginally better than the average

    Advice to Management

    NA


  8. Awesome!

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I met so many interesting, skilled, and unique people at Booz. Everyone seemed like they really wanted to work there. I always felt welcome and valued as an employee and team member. Very professional environment to work in and I met a lot of people that I am still friends with outside of the company. It is a good work culture and very positive experience overall.

    Cons

    Office location created a long commute for me. Compensation was good, but advancement was somewhat challenging. When I chose to leave, I did not appreciate the tongue lashing I received from my boss's boss. My boss was amazing, but her boss was definitely a character.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Promotes engaging, creative work with strong reach back support and flexible work options. All round very satisfied.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company has an excellent culture of sharing intellectual capital, collaboration,and mentorship. Salaries and benefits are still better than competitors, and I really feel valued in my job. Leadership is good and stable; people you actually look up to.

    Cons

    The firm is moving from a pure consulting firm to a personal services firm and is not diversifying outside the government sector fast enough to mitigate the risk of a shrinking government. Benefits are also reducing more and more every year to stay competitive. Somewhat to be expected after going public and the downturn in the economy, but still unsettling.

    Advice to Management

    For a firm that prides itself on its change experts, leadership does need to do a better job on socializing change internally and being transparent on the decisions they make to stay competitive in the market. They also need to be more bullish about getting into new markets, particularly the energy and financial industries.


  10. Excellent company with a comprehensive approach to mission support and execution.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Joint Forces Exercise Integrator in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Joint Forces Exercise Integrator in Norfolk, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    BAH has a deep concern for their employees sense of welfare and an acute sense of mission as well. A highly promoted aspect of working with BAH was the ability to openly resource and research needed information from all professional on the staff when researching requirements for the company as well as the client. Training within BAH is a requirement that promotes professionalism for both the company and the employee, staying on track (i.e., security training, information sharing, consulting, self assessment, all came in handy when working with BAH.

    Cons

    The title of "consultant" vs "right-seat-ride (working with the client)" has the potential of putting the employee in an awkward position when working with the client on mission needs and also adhering to BAH guide lines to seek business development opportunities. The company has very high values and fully supports individual growth for both personal reasons and professional effectiveness.

    Advice to Management

    At this time the comments in the PRO's portion of this review will suffice.


  11. Great managers

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great tuition assistance, front line management really heard my voice and pushed for me, whether it was on a project or I needed something internally from corporate. It was very mom-friendly/family friendly, and I enjoyed attending diversity organization events and company efforts for community causes. Management really wants you to be happy and champions your requests.

    Cons

    A lot of unpaid overtime for company/personal-related administrative tasks that must be completed. As a billable employee you always have to make sure you hit your numbers. Can be pretty stressful, especially if you have administrative duties on a project which you cannot bill to the client.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate the "why" of initiatives to the workforce.



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