Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. System Eng. Architect

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer Architect in Havre de Grace, MD
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer Architect in Havre de Grace, MD

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very organized, good opportunities provided.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons.


  2. Good company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructional Systems Designer in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Instructional Systems Designer in Melbourne, FL

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary offered

    Cons

    Expected to do work-related things on personal time.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Great firm going through significant changes

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High quality workforce, upward mobility, well-established firm with diverse capabilities, excellent firm to teach the basic blocking and tackling of the consulting industry

    Cons

    Recent decision to go public left employees in the lurch, significant benefit reductions across the board (salary caps, reduced 401K, smaller bonuses, smaller or no raises) and unclear decision making at the senior level

    Advice to Management

    Go private


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  5. Helpful (8)

    Great Place to Start

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent training opportunities and ability to learn a lot about the classic GMC capabilities (e.g., strategic planning, organizational design, change management). Great collegial culture, and awesome people for the most part. Great 401k matching program. Flexibility in terms of work location.

    Cons

    Hard to move between horizontally, which can lead to a stale work life (i.e., solving the same problems for the same type of clients). Pay is below average when compared to competitors (e.g., Deloitte, PWC). Health benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the one thing that differentiates Booz Allen from its competitors - the Increase salaries at the lower levels to attract talent. Once you have them, align them to problems/projects/roles that align with their interests and skillsets.


  6. great work life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible, interesting work, great networking

    Cons

    low pay for industry, can easily be lost in such a large company


  7. Lead Associate

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    • 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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A variety of interesting challenges across the government and business. Lots of team opportunities. Good awards and recognition program.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities are difficult after reaching Lead Associate Uncompensated after-hours business development activities can tax you

    Advice to Management

    Organizational climate assessments are very revealing -- share the results with ALL of your employees.


  8. Sr. Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environnemental Professional
    Former Employee - Environnemental Professional

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good Work / Life Balance - Promotions based on documented performance assessments - Involved in the community - The most diverse working environment I have worked at both professionally and culturally - Family focused - Leadership looked out for employees during down times

    Cons

    - Performance reviews could be biased depending one what clique/group you were a part of - Managers needed quota of underlings to make performance quotas preventing people from branching out into other jobs/contracts as they would like. - Depending on what contracts you were on job security could be fickle however, this also applies to most government contract work. - Job training/education not actively promoted or encouraged, funding was available but was budget dependent and required Sr. leadership approval.

    Advice to Management

    I left before the implementation of a new assessment structure however, during my time assessments were based on people that you selected to represent you. This meant that the review process could be very political and subjective. I believe this system also allowed managers to keep employees in certain positions opposed to having them grow into other areas. Overall my experience was positive, I knew that my managers were doing their best to keep me and others on my team billable. I had good communication with my leadership and felt there was a sense of mutual respect.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Lead Associate

    Current Employee - Financial Manager in Mc Lean, VA
    Current Employee - Financial Manager in Mc Lean, VA

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

    Pros

    Decent pay if you demand it.

    Cons

    company has changed a lot over the past few years and not for the better.


  10. Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Tysons Corner, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Tysons Corner, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of strategic thinkers...flexible work environment. Generally, friendly people.

    Cons

    Promotions to the senior levels often were not supported by a valid business case but based on "favorites." If you're not a loud mouth, others will claim credit for your business development successes or be given "co-credit" whe it is not warranted...but you're the one working the late nights, weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent with promotion cases. If you are going to insist on senior-level promotions requiring a certain dollar threshold for new business built in order to get promoted, require the same measures for everyone being promoted to the particular level. Also, stop prejudging who is a "rock star," "superstar" whatever...you'd be surprised who is actually cultivating relationships,writing proposals and doing the heavy lifting to win new business.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Typical benefits and shortcomings of a large consulting firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Defense Research Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Defense Research Analyst in Alexandria, VA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Good salaries - Focus on staff development - Great place to begin a career - Opportunities for interesting work

    Cons

    - Poor medical benefits - Cuts to 401k plan - Cuts to PTO - Challenging to get promoted unless you want to pursue a management career tract - Misguided

    Advice to Management

    Focus on cultivating the staff necessary to deliver, rather than trying to spin shortcomings as a positive.



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