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.  

    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.  

    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
  3. 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Painful to Win a New Contract

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

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

    Pros

    My colleagues are top-notch professionals, loyal and client-oriented. They remain flexible even though the client plays fast and loose with requests in and out of contract scope.

    Cons

    The client point of contact is challenging. Our new contract required the Firm to be creative in developing a methodology for customer service. To be competitive, the Firm "low-balled" the competition and programed staff losses and salary reductions. It was a business risk the Firm was prepared to take. While the staff was aware there was going to be a reduction (in staff and salary), the number we were given to prep ourselves to receive, was much lower than the number we have been asked to swallow (or move on).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A 25 percent salary reduction is more than you can expect ANYONE to accept in order to keep the Firm competitive in ANY market. If your intention was to "green" the staff, then you should say so. Loyalty goes both ways, but the staff is not so sure where yours is aimed. Communicate your intentions well-ahead of the execution of your plan and then keep updating the staff on variations of the original plan. Anybody can put a "butt in a client seat", but the Firm used to sell a reputation instead of butts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Work; Bad Management

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, manageable travel, and good pay - but that's just the current contract with the client enabling these "pros". I have never worked at the Booz Allen Hamilton corporate locations to know how company policies affect its employees.

    Cons

    Client-facing work = no career management, apparently. Complete lack of guidance on career development, strong push on NOT asking for any promotions or expecting a fair assessment of work quality. Common reason to deny any kind of a promotion or pay raise, is "you cannot bring in any new business, so don't expect any career advancement."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let your client-facing staff just become cogs in the client's machinery to the point where they become just a temporary staffing solution for the client. They are YOUR employees, treat them as such! Client-facing staff shouldn't be ignored and forgotten, especially when they work in areas far from corporate HQ. Career managers need to get involved with their remote client-facing employees and well, manage careers and not just approve time-sheets and expense reports..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9. 4 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Flexibility is great as far as tele work and working on client site.

    Cons

    Very hard to move to a project that interests you. You might end up doing something that you don't like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization needs someone overseeing the project managers and account managers. They do as they please and treat consultants and sr. consultants like they're not humans. I'm not saying this is everyone, but this was my experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Strong brand but needs to refocus its mission

    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Big name brand, lots of training available, good middle management, pretty good benefits, and very good work/life balance unlike many other consulting firms.

    Cons

    Organizational restructuring constantly, weak connection between leadership and staff, shifting towards staff augmentation/contracting from traditional consulting, and salaries are trending toward which is good for the bottom line but bad for staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to your core, focus on making staff happy which will flow down to better performance and happier clients. Focus on providing world class consulting rather providing staff augmentation or "contracting".

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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