Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
2,135 Reviews
3.3
2,135 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.  

    After two years, I still like my job!

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Aberdeen, MD
    Current Employee - Associate in Aberdeen, MD

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

    Pros

    BAH encourages their employees to learn and to work with others to complete projects. One of the big pushes is networking. We have meetings, lunches, discussions and presentations available on a regular basis to help network, meet other employees, and/or learn more on a topic or a BAH offering.

    Cons

    Working on proposals for new work or to continue current work can be time heavy and exhausting. I've worked multiple weeks of 12-14+ hour days on this type of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge a broader spectrum of employees for projects. It seems that many people do the work for the success, but the same few get noticed all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Young talent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Growth opportunities if you actively seek them out and keep that in mind when projects are being offered.

    Cons

    Low compensation, and not much focus on retaining and developing young talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on retaining young talent and not just throwing people into projects just so they are billable.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Learned a lot about life and business (aside from IT Consulting)

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Very prestigious company with (formerly) incredible benefits. Opportunity to learn a lot about life and business through osmosis alone.

    Cons

    Bought by Carlyle in '08 (private equity firm), as well as its adaptation to current economic times, is starting to make BAH just another firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to get BAH back to its roots pre-Carlyle (as much as feasible in these times). Find a way to keep talent around during challenging times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    People seem to be impressed if you have worked there; that is probably the best thing this company has to offer.

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    Former Employee - Management Consulting Senior Consultant  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    People recognize the company as being a top tier consulting firm. Many different opportunities and the firm does help the transition from one project to the next.

    Cons

    Essentially employees are highly paid interns. The opportunities for promotion and merit raises are minimal and the company experience depends tremendously on the individual team and the client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of expertise and talent is wasted on low level positions that don't allow for opportunities to shine.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was there for 11 years, left, returned and happily gone again

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    From mid 90's to mid 2000s great firm. Loved it, learned alot, my partner was very good. Returned for an assignment in 2012 and good grief, so much had changed!

    Cons

    Classic Beltway bandit. You are just a drone in a roll. I was expected to treat my staff so differently than we had previously. I had had several offers at play and jumped ship as quickly as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No words can describe how disappointed I was in how leadership attitudes had changed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working for Booz is like driving a BMW

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    Working for Booz is like driving a BMW. You love to drive the car while the warranty is active. Once the warranty ends, it turns out it is not the fine tuned machine it claims to be. I worked for Booz for 2 years and the pay and benefits were great, but once the contract ended, they don't really help you find another task.

    Cons

    Booz is not a consulting firm. You are hired to fill one seat in a specific contract. Once the contract ends, good luck finding a new task. They have "career managers" that suppose to help you find another position, but they are only concerned with their own job security. My advice if you are contemplating joining the firm, accept the job on Monday and start to look for a more stable job on Tuesday. If something else comes up, take it even if you incur a pay cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your so called leadership is a joke. This is mind boggling considering that the firm employs a large number of ex-military personnel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK for post military

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    great salary, good hours (if on client site)

    Cons

    Ceiling limit on promotions, not rewarding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to your consulting roots, otherwise the company becomes a contractor farm.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    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 for 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
  10.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Great place to start and learn consulting from the ground up.

    Cons

    The internal staffing is tuff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your staff and loose the strict billable rules.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be great but has been going downhill since went public

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits are fantastic, a lot of room to grow within the company, very committed to its core values and to its clients

    Cons

    Work-life balance leaves much to be desired; no longer feel as if company values its employees as much as they did when they were a private company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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