Booz Allen Hamilton

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  1.  

    Approaching Two Years and Still Impressed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate III in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate III in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Professional, credible, impressive, and driven employees. Great work environment and culture. Opinions and ideas of personnel at all levels is routinely sought and genuinely appreciated. If client facing, contract expiration does not immediately mean loss of employment - assistance provided to find billable work.

    Cons

    Annual pay raises and promotion process not fully understood by some individuals and first-line supervisors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting work in a lot of different areas. A lot of emphasis on personal growth and development and innovation.

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    • 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 very flexible hours. Opportunity to work on a variety of projects in many different markets. Strong emphasis on personal growth and development. Leadership reaches out to employees regularly for input. Many mentoring and volunteering opportunities.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to be noticed by senior management (networking is very important). Pay is not as competitive as similar companies. Benefits could be a little better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great firm with a lot of prestige

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    - Collaborative and collegiate culture
    - Most people are smart and work hard
    - Lots of resources available for training, mentoring, intellectual capital, and general professional development
    - Good work-life balance
    - The good managers really care about you and your professional development/goals/interests
    - Doesn't use cookie cutter approaches/solutions like other firms; room for creativity and entrepreneurship

    Cons

    - Compensation is not competitive
    - Easy to get pigeon holed in a market (e.g. you might only ever get to work with Army clients if you're aligned in that market)
    - Territorial management
    - Pressure to stay billable, even if it's not in line with your professional goals/interests
    - Retention/attrition issues

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great company, great network, very smart people!

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

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

    Pros

    What I like about Booz is how smart my colleagues are. Everyone is generally friendly and people appreciate the challenges that new consultants can face. If you reach out to people, they are willing to help and support you.

    Cons

    There are always bad apples, so it makes me questions some of the recruiting done to bring people on. Work-life balance can vary wildly based on the project, day, or season.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please look at your peers and identify those who are not worthy of their senior positions. That can really halt and deter people from the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I worked for Booz Allen Hamilton firm for over 5 years.

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Columbia, SC

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    in the mandatory onsite training my biggest take away from them was people were there a sit. And they showed that by taking care of the people that work for them and offering them an array of benefit to include education. Educational tuition was key for me.

    Cons

    I don't think I have anything bad to say except that they are no longer in the market in which I live.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with the awesome work that you do in ensuring your employees are happy and engaged with corporate, even when remotely located.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good people, changed culture

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    The people at Booz Allen are some of the best you'll work with anywhere--bright, motivated, and highly professional. It remains a great place for entry-level professionals coming out of college or graduate degree programs, as their labor rates are lower so they will have an easier time finding projects and gaining exposure to career advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    As others have acknowledged, the corporate culture has distinctly changed. "Billability" has become the lowest common denominator for determining employee value; upon contract end, you have a slim margin of time--sometimes days--before lack-of-work (LOW) notice. Although employees are expected to seek out their own opportunities, there is very little guidance or support to help match employees to open opportunities, and the Resource Management system intended to perform this function is understaffed. Even when securely on a contract, this emphasis on billable targets impedes career development as it encourages staff to stay put in minimal-growth opportunities for the sake of job security.

    Individual experiences vary significantly, however, because there is wide disparity in how teams manage their budgets and staff. It seems that a team's leadership has free reign to determine its own LOW policy and make other significant decisions impacting staff without Firm-wide guidance. Such leadership decisions tended to feel reactive rather than proactive and were often poorly communicated to staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refocus on hiring people for a career and not a job. Rethink the resource management process and require hiring managers to use RM (especially before hiring externally). If you need to make cuts, do so systematically and logically (considering merit and tenure), and at the very least ensure that your decision-making processes are clearly communicated and consistently applied across the entire Firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Your experience will depend entirely on the group you're in.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant Level II in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant Level II in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements and excellent benefits; some groups have real expertise in their fields.

    Cons

    Like many companies structured as partnerships, BAH has a feudal feel; your partner "owns" you and sets the tone for the entire group. Like many client-service companies, fulfilling the contract minimum using low-level employees that fill seats without requiring much salary is much more profitable than using highly-skilled and compensated professionals. That means that, unless someone takes a special interest in you, your career development is entirely up to you; you're much more valuable as a cog than as a professional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It feels like there's no way to advance at BAH except through generating business, but some contract require actual expertise. Reward technical skill if you want to be able to deliver what you've sold.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Excellent people with great energy

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

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

    Pros

    Working with very solid people from all over the world who are experts in their fields. High level contracts in both the Government and Private Sector.

    Cons

    Subject to contract renewal and successful re-bids to remain on the contract.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting Work with Great Colleagues

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer/Technologist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer/Technologist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Despite its size, Booz Allen remains dedicated to providing excellent service to its clients and a great place to work for its staff. The biggest pro for Booz Allen is the quality of staff. I've never worked with a group of colleagues more consistently creative, intelligent, and hardworking. Another fantastic aspect of this firm is the amount of self determination allowed at all levels of staff-- if you don't like what you're doing and have other opportunities for client work, management will help you make that transition; if you have a great idea, management will support you as you drive it forward.

    Cons

    As with all consulting firms, finding and keeping billable work hangs over the heads of each staff. While management does a good job with finding work for staff, should you find yourself on the beach for an extended period of time, you may find yourself out of a job soon thereafter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Junior staff needs to better understand how to funnel their ideas to the decision makers. While they know that management will support them, the channels through which these ideas get realized aren't always clear.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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