Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews in Norfolk, VA

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 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.  

    Good cultural

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Associate in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Junior Associate in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Good people and cultural morals for a large company

    Cons

    Pay can be marginally better than the average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Norfolk, VA

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great managers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in Norfolk, VA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Communicate the "why" of initiatives to the workforce.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company and people, Great professional experience and growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer Associate in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer Associate in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Great people, very profestional, opportunites to grow professtionally.

    Cons

    Sometimes being between contracts can get unpredictable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Comunicate to your team, nothing is for sure but communication helps to build trust within your team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Current employee

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Technologist in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Technologist in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The firm always considers what the benefits and actions are to the employee and the future of the firm

    Cons

    Currently working within a tough environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to involve employee input into decisions affecting the firm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Start high--not a company to build a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    locations globally, good reputation, tend to have smart coworkers

    Cons

    low pay, hard to get a challenging role, will interview for one job and end up actually doing something completely different and it isn't as easy as it seems to switch roles and contracts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Booz Allen is great firm.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Very cordial; fantastic benefits; leadership cares about their people.

    Cons

    Nothing to report. Booz Allen is certainly better than any other firm in the government consulting business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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