Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
2,185 Reviews
3.3
2,185 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 294 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 103 reviews)


Cons
  • The Work Life Balance that it promises is often not the reality (in 112 reviews)

  • It is not uncommon for a person to be hired and then let go in a few months for "lack of work" (in 46 reviews)

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  1.  

    A firm that treats it's employees like people and not numbers on a spreadsheet

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Still considered to be "new" with the firm having been here only two years, however they have been a good two years. The managers I have been in contact with care about their staff and work to make sure you feel valued in the organization. In my two years I have worked with three separate clients making work always interesting with changing scenery. The benefits are better than what I was getting with my previous employer. Some other reviews might talk about how the firm isn't what it used to be, but being new I don't have a negative outlook on how the firm is changing. There are lots of opportunities to learn new skills and to enhance the skills you already have. They offer an annual training budget you can use for certifications or other professional courses.

    Cons

    In the two years i have worked here I have worked for three separate clients. Although this keeps the work interesting and new, it is also a little concerning at the end of each contract to see where you will be placed or if you will be laid off. I spend a couple months not working at a client site when my contract expired but the firm kept me on and got me placed with a new client.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting work but remote locations.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Aberdeen, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Aberdeen, MD

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    cool work and projects. Friendly people. Good work life balance, great for settling down with kids

    Cons

    cant discuss work like other jobs I've had in the past. Not great for young college graduates who want fun active lifestyles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not enough to attract young innovative types, very similar people hired

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Booz Allen From the Inside

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great collaborative culture with many tools at your disposal. Helpful colleagues with no fear of retaliation if you know what you are talking about.

    Cons

    Getting recognition if your management is not with you. Working lots of hours to get ahead. Very business based but they are trying to change that. Federal space is not what it once was an salaries are being squeezed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your money where your mouth is. Pay technical SMEs to keep them without forcing them to develop business plans or spend too many hours on proposals or looking for proposals to participate in. Realign teams to help management focus on the people they lead. Make salaries of function of cost of living. Pay should be the same in Washington D.C. and San diego since cost of living is the same.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great company to work with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Culture and mission are on point. Enjoyed working with them. The exposure and experience unbeatable

    Cons

    Not able to work with them for longer period of time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great company,!! Needs minimal work to make it the best in the business.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Consulting Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Technology Consulting Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    BAH offers great benefits, the opportunity to attend business related training, and their salaries are highly competitive with respect to their employees in the consulting business.

    Cons

    The cons of working for BAH are minimal. The primary area of concern is lack of dissemination of information (ie.communication) from upper management and lack of follow through with respect to holding others accountable for project completions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support and promote your employees who display loyalty to the company and value workplace ethics who also display a 'nose to the grindstone mentality' instead of promoting those who are simply good at talking about what they can or might do, but seldom put actions behind their words.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed given its reputation/image

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

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

    Pros

    Salary and vacation package is generous.

    Cons

    Luck of the draw in terms of which team one is hired or move to. A bad boss means no promotion, no feedback, left in limbo at the client site, not protected against bullying/harassment by customer. In my case I was assigned what turned out to be a very dysfunctional organization that within the year had replaced its own senior management and treated its contractors like trash or worse (self included). My immediate supervisor, a nice competent man but worried about his own promotions/rise etc, did nothing to protect us at the site. His boss --my hiring boss-- was a complete a-- who was so full of himself that he had zero interest in his minions except for his few pets. But what particularly struck me as red flag, was how during a week's orientation, as we were being indoctrinated on the privileges of working for such an esteemed company, I noted (and raised a fair question) that it appeared the BAH's immense success was tied to its one sole customer, the US Govt. I asked is this was perhaps a risky model i.e. all eggs in one basket and what if this funding source dried up (this was asked circa 2009)? Wouldn't it be prudent to branch out a bit? Needless to say, my question/comment wasn't appreciated. This should have been another red flag.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better management off campus i.e. at client site. Less fawning of (sole) client at the expense of one's own employees when the work site is beyond dysfunctional and yet the motto remains "the customer is always right."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Once-Prestigious Firm Now Slashing Benefits

    Current Employee - Lead Technologist/Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Lead Technologist/Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The firm has built a good reputation over its many years of existence. For my market, people at the Principal level and below are good, upstanding. Meeting with your manager is usually license for a free lunch (at least in my management chain). Quarterly management meetings are a restaurant have been fun and good for network. The firm really came through and covered client-side people during the government shutdown in Fall 2013. The firm finally offers a career map for technologists and engineers, although it remains to be seen whether that will increase upward mobility. Internal social network is active and informative.

    Cons

    Benefits are being slashed on annual basis:
    - The retirement contribution, which was above average (10% of pay, but vested) when I joined, is at or below average now (6% of pay with 100% vesting at SIX YEARS).
    - The 2015 health insurance choices have been unveiled and they are OUTRAGEOUSLY BAD. The lowest plan is far worse (higher premium, higher OOP max, higher deductible) than the cheapest (and only) high-deductible plan last year. The only Aetna plans left are high-deductible, and the deductibles are way too high when compared to the premiums.) Pharmacy benefits also are subject to the same deductible now. I'm curious how many people the firm will lose over this.

    There is an expectation that you make up non-billable hours (e.g. firm-mandatory training). You are expected to do an annual self-review, even though it's not required and you can't charge it. (None of this is particularly new.)

    Lead associates and senior associates get overworked. They (especially lead associates) are expected to do management basically for free after putting in a full week being billable to the client.

    You used to be able to count on job security at a big firm, but that is no longer the case. The lack-of-work notice comes as soon as you end your work on a contract and you have precious little time to find a new position before being shown the door. What is the point of working for such a large firm?

    Sick time included in paid time off (which is four weeks for new Associates).

    Attrition seems to be high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beef up your benefits before you lose all your top talent to better (especially smaller) companies.

  9.  

    Fun and Enjoyable Time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in McLean, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, working remotely,

    Cons

    Small fish big pond kind of thing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote smaller teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very mixed results

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Well-oiled machine, great resources and processes. Great opportunity for a young engineer to gain experience and mentorship. Some really great managers who have a lot of balls in the air, keeping people employed during very uncertain times.

    Cons

    Micromanagement. Insane micromanagement. These people need to be medicated. If you are already experienced, you should probably look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hire people with security clearances, stick them in any position that is funded, then let their clearances expire with little to no support in finding a position which will sponsor them. Then, you send out mass emails asking them to help you recruit new employees with high level security clearances. That is a formula for creating a disgruntled employee.

    You have too many lower level managers on SOME of your teams, otherwise no one would have had time to micromanage. I've seen other managers stretched too thin.

    Though everyone understands protecting other vendors' proprietary data in theory, practical application falls short. You are expected to magically never receive proprietary data, when the customers keep sending it to you.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great People, Great Culture, Great Career Mobility

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    Philanthropy, Culture, Diversity, Career Paths

    Cons

    Our customer is the DoD or US Government so when things are shaky in the Government makes for the life of a BAH employee tough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep encouraging your employees to be more then who they are and encourage them to take advantage of the tuition/certification reimbursement and make sure the employees take advantage of that offering every year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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