Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
2,289 Reviews
3.3
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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 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great colleagues, mediocre management, underwhelming salary

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    Outstanding colleagues, "jerks need not apply" approach to hiring, interesting work and many training opportunities

    Cons

    management by "boys club" of favorites and pets rather than by most qualified, best people managers; opaque salary discussions; slow promotion for those not among favorites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. stop protecting managers who have violated ethics rules, who have multiple harassment complaints/incidents behind them, who reward staff based on their appearance rather than their competence
    2. clearly define merit increases, pay relative to the industry

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just another defense contractor.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer

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

    Pros

    Above market pay and benefits. The unpaid leave benefit allows employees to take up to a month off per year in addition to a handsome vacation benefit. Everything else is about the same all the rest of the defense contractor community (medical, dental, vision, 401k, tuition assistance, etc.)

    Cons

    Leadership is constantly attempting to harvest the great ideas of its staff. I say harvest because the donation or facilitation of ideas (business development) must happen outside of normal business hours (meaning no overhead charge number). Participation isn't mandatory but it influences company culture (work life balance).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be innovative, provide your staff with an admin charge number to use when participating in non-contract work (business development).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Lexington Park, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Lexington Park, MD

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

    Pros

    Being a consultancy, sometimes it's hard to keep connected with your employees; however BAH makes great efforts to keep staff integrated with their home base. The employees at BAH are thorough, committed, honest, and trustworthy; the hiring filter is truly excellent (although some duds do slip through the cracks). BAH also encourages advancement and does everything in their power to help you go wherever you want in your career. I also have never worked anywhere that was so open and easy to work with. It truly is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Working on client site can be challenging at times as far as VPN access, and when you work as a consultant (as many know) there's no forgiving time off, no leaving early, etc. It's all accountable time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Good Work Life Balance and Fun

    Cons

    Not many to speak of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep in touch with subordinates

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    100 Years of Super Coolness

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

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

    Pros

    As a whole, Booz Allen is a fantastic place to work. 100 years old, committed to community service, diversity, and keeping it's superb reputation intact. Large enough a company that you can transfer internally without loosing tenure, opportunities to get certifications and continue your education are other nice factors. For the most part, you are surrounded by hard-working smart people, and you can count on the assessment system to eventually weed out the shirkers.

    Cons

    Some of the mid-level job managers or career managers are short-sighted, and operate within a cone of halo effect/bias. Out new health benefits are expensive - but probably still on par with market. Just hard to lose what we had before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider peer pulse checks throughout the year for mid-level management to make sure they are not giving lip service to leadership values, and actually supporting staff as leaders and not managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Pretty Good But Not Great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Booz Allen was a great company for the most part. They encouraged corporate training opportunities, there were lots of networking opportunities, and there were usually enough projects available to stay billable to a client.

    Cons

    While I was at Booz Allen, it was obviously a company in transition. After expanding perhaps too much, the company was unable to maintain all of its employees, and began enforcing stricter rules regarding being "on the beach" and not billable to a client project. Sometimes managers were unable or unwilling to help place their folks on projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your people -- this was one of the most important aspects of Booz Allen that should not go away. The 360 Review was sometimes a bit cumbersome or opaque, but overall I think the rigor was worth it. Continue with some sort of detailed review process similar to this.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Review

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Good People with a lot of experience

    Cons

    Expensive cost structure for clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Booz Allen in Transition

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid company with very good benefits. Personnel are collegial and collaborative. Management is accessible to employees. It is a client sensitive company. Pay appears competitive for this current market.

    Many of the Booz Allen managers addressing the military are ex-military. The PRO is that this management has contacts in the military, understands how the military works, and can communicate with the military. There is a CON and that is listed below.

    Cons

    The CON to having primarily ex-military addressing the needs of current military is that they come from the came operational culture and therefore, may tend to reinforce existing military operational processes with few new improvement ideas.

    Many higher paid senior non-management Subject Matter Experts have left the company, which may help the overall cost of employees but could impact Booz Allen's long standing diversity claims.

    The management in place does not fully benefit from the diverse work history of it's employees because managers tend to define employers by the job they are currently doing.

    The company also appears to be in transition from advisory work, which set Booz Allen above it's competitors, to possibly becoming another managed services firm which, over time, will detract from its' brand image.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect employees work history and what they can do, and could do, based on their work experience. Hire and promote business managers as well as retired military to address the military client's needs. Clients are burdened by budgetary restrictions and are may be less willing to pay for advisory work therefore, find a way to meet client's operational requirements within this fiscally competitive market, without sacrificing the Booz Allen brand image.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Associate, Lots of government consulting opportunity here

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

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

    Pros

    great people
    strong work / life balance
    strong government client base

    Cons

    compensation is on average lower than competition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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