Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

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166 Reviews
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Booz Allen Hamilton Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Shrader
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is generally pretty good but also depends on the client you support (in 295 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 106 reviews)


Cons
  • The Work Life Balance that it promises is often not the reality (in 114 reviews)

  • It is not uncommon for a person to be hired and then let go in a few months for "lack of work" (in 49 reviews)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not a great place to expand your technical knowledge.

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Good benefits, salary is relatively competitive with other firms in the DC area when you factor in the benefits & the name for the resume. A variety of opportunities and career paths. Many of the employees are experts in their fields.

    Cons

    Salary (by itself) is not great. Salary appears to be arbitrary and varies widely (10K+) by team/office -- even if in the same metro area. Difficult to move to other projects. Highly technical people need not apply, they just don't have a wide array of technical work that needs to get done. Full battle gear business attire is required every day. There answer to everything is "it depends." They should be able to give straight answers, particularly to new college grads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the words "it depends" from your recruiting process. Job offers should be firm, or at the very least include a clause stating that your actual placement might be drastically different than the offer. Stop hiring technical people (ie. Computer Science grads) if you can't place them in positions that utilize those skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Solid career, pretty happy.

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    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Good business model, assessments are fair.

    Cons

    Really hard to advance past Associate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread out levels of advancement so that everyone is not a 3!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a bad place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Provides employees flexibility to move around to different positions within the firm. Profit sharing / 401K is good. Good job security. If you are self motivated then promotions are possible. The requirements for being promoted to the next level are for the most part spelled out clearly.

    Cons

    Not everyone feels comfortable with the Booz business culture. Some people, particularly those only interested in technical work, may feel out of place. Promotions above Associate (Level 3) are not possible unless you demonstrate that you are generating substantial business profits for the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't go public - it didn't work before and it won't work now. Modification of the promotion criteria would be nice.

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

    Torn between pros and cons

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    Current Employee - Consultant I in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant I in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Firm reputation, resources available (especially in the areas of education and training), and flexibility. The firm has allowed me to move to various teams and to different areas of the country.

    Cons

    Promotion potential is low, in-fighting between various teams for resources is frequent, lots of internal politics that are very draining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The recent change in how promotions are conducted (especially from L1 to L2) is very frustrating. If you don't have a manager who is looking out for you, it is easy to get lost in the shuffle.

    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    good work life balance, not great for development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    work life balance, great name recognition, great location

    Cons

    training is mediocre and not as thorough as at other comparable consulting firms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    push your young talent harder/into stretch assignments and rotate them more often

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    job

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    Current Employee - Associate in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    some very good coworkers on projects

    Cons

    leadership is not honest about promotion opportunities they lead people on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    share information

    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    No response

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    The online training available it adequate. The option for tuition reimbursement is great, if you want to take courses during your tenure.

    Cons

    I have had no support from my team. My admin is very stressed and has pressure from his leader that is funneled down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place your employees where they prefer to work and they will be happier. Offer more flexibility for home/work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not good for Health

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Money, career advancement if you are in the right industry practice, great networking with other people at your level, good strategy experience

    Cons

    The Principals (Associate becomes Senior Associate becomes Principal becomes Partner) are often the study leads, but can be horrible people managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage managers to create team loyalty by being nice to the staff. I know there is work to be done, but the Associates are smart folks chosen for a reason, and undermining them constantly makes for a bad work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Booz Allen has grown

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Work life balance is very good. They are located everywhere which makes looking for jobs internall if you move very nice.

    Cons

    It has grown enormously and I don't know if the management has fully figured out how to handle it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on cutting off some of the fluff in the company. There are too many employees for the work. Stop taking advantage of the government.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work, many opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    This place is absolutely full of some of the most educated, optimistic, intelligent and flexible people I have ever worked with. For the most part, Associates and below make excellent employees, collaborators and friends. I have felt challenged and full of great things to do.

    Cons

    Many of the large contracts run by Booz Allen are so far distanced from the company that many employees become more of a fixture in their individual contract than in the company at large.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a track for those in the company who wish to continue to improve their skills in their chosen discipline, rather than requiring all managers to sell business and win contracts to get ahead.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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