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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
2,128 Reviews
3.3
2,128 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 283 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 99 reviews)


Cons
  • Lots of relatively large changes over the past two years have impacted benefits and work-life balance (in 103 reviews)

  • lack of work opportunities for personal growth and promotion, too many staffing levels (in 44 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start. Better hope your offered a real opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Booz Allen attempts to maintain a more personal relationship with its employees, and this is driven by the CEO.

    Cons

    They have been swept away by the globalization forces that have attempted to commoditize highly skilled resources, and drive down salaries to very competent and qualified people. This is the mantra of all consulting firms, to reduce costs and ignore qualifications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get serious about leveraging your highly experienced workers to expand your service offerings. There is a rice bowl mentality among Senior Managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just another beltway bandit

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton for more than 5 years

    Pros

    At one time BAH was a company that provided great work for employees and good service to clients. They actually were a consulting company. Now it has become a staff augmentation machine interested in placing "butts in seats". This is unlike the business models of the CSC's, LM's, GD IT's, etc. of the beltway bandits that service the federal government. At one time there was a "secret sauce" at BAH. However, those days are long gone. I left on my own and was not laid off like so many others.

    Cons

    If you want to work for just another beltway bandit this is your place. However, if you do not get a job offer from them get in you car and drive around the beltway. You will find another company just like them that you will probably hire you. The leadership at BAH is stuffy. Be prepared to drink the cool aid ever day that reminds you that you are "the best". Once apron a time that was true. But that was years ago. The company is now publicly traded just like the CSC's of the world. The bottom line is all that matters. PERIOD. Clients and employees are in a distant second and third place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. You do not know how to change. You are truly "old school" and that will be the company's down fall.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    solid experience

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in McLean, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great resume builder and helps to hone your skill set, either as a generalist or a SME.

    Cons

    Office culture can be unnecessarily competitive and stiff, lack of trust since the company went public several years ago

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focusing on staff will assist in getting monetary results

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Below market compensation and constant inconsistent organizational and administrative changes.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I came in as a senior manager/director, but have been working on a junior level.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company is large and has many perks and benefits. It's great for people who are early in their career or those who bring a business base to the company.

    Cons

    You are expected to "prove yourself" to senior management--what you accomplished before coming to the company has little value. Administrative responsibilities, such as performance reviews and attending team meetings and company updates, are done "on your own time."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage experienced employees to provide leadership to more junior employees. Stop engaging inexperienced staff as leaders of experienced staff.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging environment. BAH struggles with moving from a Private to Public Company.

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    Current Employee - Principal  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Principal in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Numerous opportunities in the DC/VA/MD area. Large Government presence. Multiple jobs in the technical and science areas. The Firm has numerous social clubs from skiing to volunteering for special Olympics. BAH is a big supporter of the local communities.

    Cons

    Long hours and short turn around times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great contracts, poor leadership interaction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits offered

    Cons

    Little interaction between client facing staff and company leadership

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pleasant experience overall but hate the cubicle. Need more meaningful projects.

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Really work with smart, intelligent people. Training opportunitites abound.

    Cons

    A lot of times there's no autonomy, mastery, or purpose in assignments. I don't like the cubicle and work-life balance is not accessible to most folks on client site. And, it's very hard to find the opportunities with telework/telecommute options although the firm wins lots of awards for such.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very hard to get a promotion and raises are very slim

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lethargic industry, poor internal organization

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    No need to travel much is a plus, and the benefits are decent.

    Cons

    In my personal experience, nobody at the company cares whether or not you are there, and middle management is exceptionally poor. I was placed on a client site 100% immediately after orientation (which failed to teach me anything important about the company's operations), and am now in my 11th month on the same project. My manager was fired a few months into my time here, before ever having a one-on-one discussion with me for even 5 minutes. Her replacement, who works out of a Booz office maybe 10 minutes away, has not bothered to visit our client site or invite me to his office, and the middle manager between myself and those folks has never shown an interest in learning what skills I might or might not have. The company is heavily focused on federal contracting, and has no strong incentive to stay more than just a notch above its inefficient clients in terms of delivery. Compensation is also poor vis-a-vis the consulting industry at large, and there seems to be no consideration of value for a non-MBA higher education degree, even if directly relevant to work being performed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to even pretend to take an interest in the employees you have, and you may find some obvious assets sitting right under your nose. Buy what you're selling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Time are tough, but there are still opportunities here...

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Annapolis Junction, MD

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This is a pretty big company, so there are plenty of opportunities to switch projects if contracts end. All of my coworkers are very capable. Pay is ok, but benefits are solid.

    Cons

    It's sad when folks get let go or are forced to switch contracts due to lack of funds / hours. Promotions can be hard to get. Seems like smaller companies pay more. Needs to do a better job in keeping the super stars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure we are better than the competition... in all areas. You need to treat us right and hire the right people to do the best for the clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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