Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Overall a good company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wide variety of work, tasks and clients (in the DC area, anyway...other geographies are more limited). High caliber of employees, colleagues and teammates. Supportive team environment. Fosters individual growth and development. Good benefits. Ethical, value-oriented, supportive organizational culture. Mentoring is promoted and valued. There are opportunities to work abroad. The firm is very supportive to employees who have to relocate due to military family moves or other reasons employees have to relocate. While they can't guarantee they will have a position for you in your new location, they have an entire team dedicated to helping you find a new position and make every effort to do so. Great access to upper and senior management, including Partners.

    Cons

    When I first started 10 years ago, the firm had separate vacation and sick leave banks, and the sick leave was UNLIMITED (yes, you read that correctly). They then switched to one bank of Paid Time Off (PTO) to use for sick time and vacation, so you are basically penalized by draining any potential vacation time you have if God forbid you get really sick and have to use up all your PTO due to illness. On top of that, the amount of PTO time is not very generous and is accrued based on your career level and years of service. So, if you are an entry level consultant and just starting out, forget about earning much vacation time until you have a few years under your belt and promote to higher levels. The firm also promotes a work-life balance, but in my experience this varies by individual team, and I've seen little work-life balance demonstrated.


  2. Good Benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    they have really good benefits

    Cons

    The commute can be really difficult


  3. Great opportunities

    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA

    Pros

    Great place to work, a lot of career mobility and great benefits.

    Cons

    Internal training requirements. Long hours.None


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  5. Great Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mc Lean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mc Lean, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked as graduate intern for over a year on two different teams. I was given meaningful assignments and valuable work experience. I left and went to the Federal government for many years and I now see I am better suited as a Consultant. I would not have known that if I did not have that great BAH foundation.

    Cons

    I worked there over 5 years ago. Perhaps the intern department should keep up with the students to see what they are up to, perhaps they may be able to recruit some new talent.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to allow open communication with the employees that you hire.


  6. Contract job overseas

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Oversight Specialist in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Security Oversight Specialist in Dayton, OH
    Recommends

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great group of people that truly care about your success in the company and at your job.

    Cons

    There are no cons that I can think of.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Good company but benefits have greatly declined

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for upward and lateral movement, opportunities for career development, good work-life balance once you've established yourself

    Cons

    Health care plan is now a high deductible plan, a once great 401K plan was done away with, difficult to find office space with hoteling system, opportunities to advance to senior associate vary greatly from team to team (situation dependent)


  8. Not a bad place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I wasn't here for long enough to comment, but I was allowed to work remote at least 3 days a week.

    Cons

    The pay was not best in industry for the workload.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (3)

    Hierarchical Organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company is well-established and respected, so having it on your resume can look good. If you fit in with the team you are on, it can be a good environment, with your managers seeking out positions for you and helping you move ahead.

    Cons

    The company has become even more hierarchical and autocratic than it was when I joined 8 years ago. It has changed significantly from when it was a private firm. In addition, the government client is no longer the easy "cash cow" it was traditionally. It is trying to maintain the image of itself being a thought-leader, but generally we have become a "seat in chair" operation -- contractors rather than consultants. New grads and inexperienced employees make the company more profitable. Some teams feel like "sororities" rather than a professional team.

    Advice to Management

    Determine the direction you want to go in and do a better job of informing your people about it. Stop being so hierarchical, and stop rewarding ruthlessness.


  10. Overall

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Flexible at times, telework options

    Cons

    High expectations, few training options


  11. Helpful (3)

    Changes

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people, the people and the people. Good experiences and really good on your resume for what's next

    Cons

    Culture eroded from poor leadership in the main management team consistently changing directions each year to a point that appeared to employees lacked faith in the new yearly direction would be successful and middle management would be left to try and rally (yet they too had a hard time in believing). Taking away benefits some key foundations to Booz Alllen's overall compensation package definitely brought down morale and loyalty.

    Advice to Management

    Right the ship by focusing on the people that make up your company vice making the top 1% of the company richer



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