Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
2,184 Reviews
3.3
2,184 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 111 reviews)

  • It is not uncommon for a person to be hired and then let go in a few months for "lack of work" (in 45 reviews)

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  1.  

    Awesome group of people!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    The people that work at Booz Allen Hamilton are very willing to help you, and provide you with meaningful work to benefit your resume. Very great place to Intern!

    Cons

    It's very important to know someone to get an internship there, I knew very few interns who got in without a connection.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

  2.  

    Great Place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture and people and the perks we get are great.

    Cons

    Sometime we need upper management to listen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Booz Allen Cyber Security Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    Great professional experience, especially for college students.
    Worked on new techonolgies
    Booz employees are all very driven and professional.

    Cons

    Not for those who aren't self motivated
    Often was left to find work to remain billable without support
    Hotelling often left people struggling to find a desk

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not bad!

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

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

    Pros

    It is a cool place to work and grow. your coworkers are nice people

    Cons

    Managers can do better with their employees and salary is a little bit down

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Lead Associate

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects (though decreasing in #)
    Majority of co-workers are intelligent and enjoyable to work with

    Cons

    Leadership is out-of-touch (Principals on up)
    No growth opportunities beyond Lead Associate in today's environment
    Just like another other company in the industry (used to be very different company that people wanted to join)
    Very high attrition (leadership lacks abilities to figure out the problem--not listening to solutions or characterizations of the problems that senior managers are providing)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent Company with Great work ethic and Mentoring Opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Really learn how to work with the team while consulting with clients and maintaining work-life-home balance. Best if you can be on client site assessing their requirements and obtaining first hand feedback of their needs.

    Cons

    Commute can get to you so its critical to make that assessment early.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the flexible Time off policy, Training, Mentorship and admin time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 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
  9.  

    Booz Allen Hamilton is a company that takes care of its employees needs and tries to provide opportunities for everyone.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is a good work-life balance when working with government clients. The management is polite, respectful, and well-organized. Booz Allen compensates fairly. There are many opportunities to achieve outside of your client work in the form of service, committees, and other work.

    Cons

    Depending on the contract you work on, you may not enjoy the work you are doing from day to day. From my observation and experience, much of the government work feels menial and unambitious.

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

    I expected more......

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility. You can work remotely if you want and if your assignment permits it. It’s well known company in the DC area and there is the perception that everyone who works there is super smart and that it is a well run organization. The missions of the clients supported are interesting and many coworkers are nice.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Working at Booz is a series of fire drills and poorly run projects. Its not uncommon to spend long hours working on something that is 'high priority' and later learn that what was asked for was never even looked at.

    Lots of arrogance, pretention, and ego at the senior associate and higher level. There is an unspoken dynamic that people at this level know everything and that pretty much no one below that level knows anything….so you end up indulging the senior staff by nodding and smiling – which makes their egos even bigger. And you do this even when it is obvious that they don’t know what they are talking about - and yes, there are people in Booz who have no clue as to what they are doing.

    Career paths are limited. Raises, promotions, and bonuses are generously sprinkled across ‘leadership’ while the majority of employees – the ones actually doing the work – get very little for their contributions. Lower level employees are just supposed to be happy to get the honor of being deemed good enough to work at Booz. It’s definitely a culture of haves and have nots. The average employee could get the same job somewhere else, earn the same salary if not higher, be appreciated more, and not have to deal with the weird organizational dynamics at Booz.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company’s culture is in need of a massive overhaul from the top down. Trim the fat at the top levels - there’s too many people up there - and it's not obvious what they are doing to move the company forward. Bring in some fresh leadership from the outside so they can provide a new perspective. Listen to employees. Treat all employees as though they are valuable and that they also contribute to the organization's success. Hold poor and disorganized leaders accountable….starting with the ones in the SIG.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great in pockets, but not the same all over.

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

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

    Pros

    You can say you work there and revel in the "good old days" with others. Good people, honest and hard working. Do things right, for the most part.

    Cons

    It's just a staff augmentation company now, except her you have to wear a suit. People think they are more important than they really are, talent gets overlooked at times; slave to some govy a majority of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to what made the company special, remember what made it special, try to become private again. Won't happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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