Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Smart People

    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Fort Meade, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Fort Meade, MD

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

    Pros

    The company has a great reputation in the community and hires very smart people. There are many projects to choose from and flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    The benefits packages have been overhauled over the past several years with lost paid time off, 401k match without employee contribution, and lower cost health plans.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees when they say they have a specific need. Many times, needs are not heard until an employee puts in their two week notice of resignation. Work harder to bring back old benefits packages that made Booz Allen stand out from the competition.


  2. Great Experience

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

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

    Pros

    Excellent mentoring, career/personal development training, tools and practices for networking expertise and opportunities

    Cons

    Have to always be looking for the next gig

    Advice to Management

    Stay in touch regularly with client-site team members


  3. Helpful (5)

    Company in Decline

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Booz Allen has great people to work with and the company is well respected by clients. The focus of myself and my colleagues is helping our clients succeed in their mission and delivering value. The folks I work with are great people. They are smart and as a team we are driven to deliver the best work and value to our clients.

    Cons

    I received a 2% raise this year and there was steep decline in benefits! The 401K 10% contribution is gone and this year they switched to high deductible health plans effectively negating raises. As a high performer on a profitable project, I am constantly asked by upper management to do marketing, proposal and administrative activities. Recently, with the lack of performance recognition I’ve been declining the “extra” activities. I wish management would realize we are not volunteers and they need to take of their greatest asset…..people. As many other folks have written there has been an erosion of what made Booz Allen so great before….culture! Management has taken note, but I’m not sure there is anything to do at this point to turn the ship around. Attrition rates have been VERY high and I heard that recently it was over 25%. Upper management says 2-5% raise is the standard in the industry and they are confused why people jump ship to competitors. If a competitor dangles better benefits and a 10-20% increase….doesn’t seem like a hard choice.


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  5. Senior Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well run company, opportunity to grow and develop, good benefits package

    Cons

    Pay is a bit lower than average, expect a lot of non project related administrative work if you'd like to advance


  6. Financial Consultant

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

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

    Pros

    Health and Retirement Benefits very strong.

    Cons

    Lack of Strong one-on-one Leadership

    Advice to Management

    Non


  7. Pros and Cons vary by team in terms of the daily work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Client focused
    -Flexibility (Hours worked, PTO, etc, ...)
    -Training and education opportunities

    Cons

    -Too many managers and not enough technical expertise
    -Not open to change that would save money long term
    -Leadership is not transparent about gov contract status and project assignment strategy
    -Too much focus on resumes, certs, and winning contracts with not enough emphasis on the technical aptitude behind it all

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and upfront about everything and value your client facing staff more


  8. Helpful (1)

    Why Booz Allen is a great Compant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Clifton, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Clifton, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Salary, flexibility, diversity, work-life balance; great education requirements, supports professional certifications. Great client-facing opportunities.

    Cons

    Tenure is based on billability percentages; training opportunities are limited to employee ability to manage based on billability targets.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Horrible work environment

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good health insurance
    Good training provided

    Cons

    If you are not in tight with management they treat you horribly.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees fairly. They are people too.


  10. Strong Culture and Leadership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    Strong culture and leadership, transparent, and reputable amongst federal consulting companies.

    Cons

    Hard to move between teams. SIG team seems to get a lot of attention at the expense of other teams.

    Advice to Management

    Enable a rotation scheme for people to round out skills rather than become entrenched in a market


  11. Intelligence Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Reston, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very good for career development. They invest in their people, and have a strong focus on improving their workforce professionally. Booz Allen has a great benefits package, althought it is not as good as it used to be. Their 401K benefits are still better than a lot of other companies.

    Cons

    Very clique oriented and must work many hours outside of your normal day job is you want to get promoted. Not easy to get into because they are looking for only certain types of people. If you are a shy, introverted person, you might have problems getting a job there. They used to be good about keeping you on the bench for long periods of time until you find another suitable position within the firm, but those days are gone. Many are now receiving lack of work notices much more quickly than in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Please try to focus on the talents of all your people, not just a select few. Some of the managers at Booz Allen can be very closed minded. I would advise that you try to be more open to ideas that do not necessarily align with your own. Booz Allen touts diversity, and they do hire a lot of diverse talent, but some managers do not allow diverse thinking.



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