Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
2,386 Reviews

3.3
2,386 Reviews
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Booz Allen Hamilton Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Shrader
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is generally pretty good but also depends on the client you support (in 283 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 99 reviews)


Cons
  • Lots of relatively large changes over the past two years have impacted benefits and work-life balance (in 103 reviews)

  • lack of work opportunities for personal growth and promotion, too many staffing levels (in 44 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start your career

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

    Pros

    Great, smart people to work with; challenging assignments that will push you to grow; lots of opportunity if you know where to look and who to talk to. Fair pay and benefits, and leadership generally tries to listen to employees but may take awhile to take action. Very open to telework and high employee autonomy as long as you get the work done. New career tracks offer more opportunity for technical and functional experts to reach upper leadership levels. In general, the company has come through the government market decline in good form without having to lay off a ton of employees.

    Cons

    Highly political and hierarchical, especially on the corporate side. Lots of change that can be hard for some employees to handle. Promotions more based on who you know than what you do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Employer!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great employer offering diversity in assignments, great opportunities for training, and skilled co-workers.

    Cons

    In locations farther from the HQ, some client offerings are not as diverse

  3.  

    Professional Firm

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Strategic Communications  in  Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Strategic Communications in Honolulu, HI

    Pros

    Booz Allen Hamilton has a very great benefits package for all of their employees. They understand that personal situations happen and have a wonderful amount of flexibility for most of the work.

    Cons

    The firm is growing quickly and this is a positive sign, although that brings with it extra work to do. Nothing else that can be considered a 'con'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Federal powerhouse with plenty of opportunities.

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

    Pros

    Respected brand with plenty of agencies to support. You get to work with plenty of smart people who have a wide array of backgrounds.

    Cons

    Working with government agencies can be un-fulfilling at times, and Booz salaries aren't always the best, particularly for younger employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good, until it ended abruptly ...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent management environment, up until the Federal Sequestration started... then my lead partner got laid off along with all the staffers...

    Cons

    Hard to tell now, since Booz Allen sold the business to PwC.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Incredible experience - Met talented, friendly, and great people. Flexible work hours, great life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Really enjoyed the people and experience as a whole - Pentagon was a cool place to work at. Both client and Booz co-workers were great. Hours can't be beat, was rarely asked to work a minute over 40 hours. Got 3 weeks vacation and 6% $ for $ 401k matching.

    Cons

    Money doesn't seem to be all that competitive anymore. Benefits in general took a massive hit since the company went public and are continuing to decline. Our CEO keeps sending mass emails saying how great the company is doing as the profit increases while our revenue decreases. I wonder how they are able to accomplish this...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting basic benefits and salaries. Gotta draw the line between reasonable cost savings and completely losing the ability to hire talented employees. This only works short term until talented people begin to leave gradually.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Still a Good Place to Work

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

    Pros

    Excellent Work/Life balance.
    Benefits are very good.
    Career advancement is clearly defined.
    Up to $5,000/year in training allowance.

    Cons

    May need to relocate to find a new project, that is the nature of contracting work.
    After 30-years they have done away with their 10% bonus plan. Now it is a 401k with matching up to 6%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to offices outside the DC area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Happiness quotient depends on client.

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

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are great. Management is stellar.

    Cons

    Without a doubt, firm culture. Timesheets, Travel Expenses, Annual Review, other corporate style policies.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Big company, great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis Junction, MD

    Pros

    Work-life balance, leadership opportunities, number of projects to work on, number of locations across the nation (and internationally), various clients and types of work

    Cons

    Benefits are very average now, large variety of technical ability, inconsistent career management across teams/accounts/regions, lack of confidence in senior leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people more. If you invest in your people - they will enjoy their experience which will allow recruiting and attracting top talent to happen organically.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company for top notch consulting skills

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD

    Pros

    The benefits, although they have changed are still great! You meet and have an opportunity to learn how to be the best. You will learn how to successfully manage client expectations and manage.

    Cons

    It can be somewhat challenging to get ahead, but with the right positioning and leadership that believes in you, you can achieve great success. Not necessarily a place you will retire from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The assessment process is a joke and a waste of time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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