Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
2,290 Reviews
3.3
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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.  

    Associate, Lots of government consulting opportunity here

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    • 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
  2. 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
  3.  

    Good place to work when young

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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

    Skills and abilities are tested and developed early on.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Booz Allen had been a professional, challenging experience with great development opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Analyst in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Network Analyst in Annapolis Junction, MD

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

    Pros

    Good management, Team work, Growth opportunities

    Cons

    Benefits just standard
    Compensation is middle of industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lower standards or benefits to stay competitive, it just makes you mediocre

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Good company

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Good company, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    None. Company is high quality.

  7.  

    Senior Consultant in Communications based in Washington, DC.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Communications Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Communications Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, work from home flexibility, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Lower salary than other firms, many mid-level managers makes it hard to move up from entry level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Current employee that has been working here for 2.5 years, straight out of undergrad. Lots of opportunities due to being a huge firm, competitive pay and benefits, intelligent employees, great culture for those who enjoy collaboration/socializing, etc.

    Cons

    While there are a wide range of opportunities (there is a career path for almost every type of profession), it's still possible to be pigeonholed into a specific role based on your resume, if you aren't careful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Booz Allen is my Career

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

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

    Pros

    - One of the most influential and competitive consulting firms in the DC area.
     - Job security; the company wins enough work to ensure that the core talent remains employed and in relevant client work
     - I truly believe I work with the most talented staff
     - I trust in the leadership to be honest with employees
     - Competitive pay, benefits, training, etc.

    Cons

    - Dress code is still the most conservative in the area (although if you like dressing sharp this is the place!)
     - Recent changes to 401K ("ECAP") in order to remain cost-competitive
     - No bonus structure for junior and mid-level employees (although awards are always given)
     - Very frequent re-org and significant HR changes (at least 3 major re-orgs in 8 years)
     - Somewhat confusing internal information distribution (too many portals, share drives, etc)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Consider increasing available reimbursement for training, plus allocating more hours for training
     - Relax the restrictions on hoteling for employees who work at BAH site every day
     - Provide better office supplies, especially PENS!
     - Maintain clear and frequent communications during periods of change. You've done very well during the commercial split, Carlyle buy-out, market re-org, and recent People Model changes. Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A1 Professional Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Great management, exceptional training opportunities and chances for promotion -

    Cons

    My experience with BAH can only be addressed as pros

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience

    Former Employee - SEDI Cohort
    Former Employee - SEDI Cohort

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

    Pros

    Learned a great deal through internship and had many opportunities to network with management and individuals higher up on the corporate ladder. The internship was split up into working as part of an existing team in Booz Allen and working as part of a group of interns on a project solely for interns, and both taught teamwork and provided ample opportunity to take away technical experience.

    Cons

    The experience you get working here really depends on the team that you are placed in. I was fortunate to be placed on an amazing team. The intern project also seemed to depend on what group of interns you were placed with.

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