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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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  

    good work life balance, not great for development

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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

    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
  2.  

    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    3 years at booz

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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

    Pros

    Work life balance - I almost never work more than 40 hours a week
    Respect - entry level/junior employees are shown a great deal of respect from other employees.

    Cons

    Commute - driving to Tyson's corner is absolute agony
    From my experience in training classes, there are a lot of fakers at Booz. Guys that talk a lot without knowing anything. Fortunately I haven't had any on my projects.
    Paychecks are once a month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue to respect work/life balance. I came here from a job that required 50+ hours a week every week. The free time means a lot to me.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    So far so good

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Booz Allen offers a competitive total compensation package, but the real deal-sealer is the work-life balance it affords its employees. The right person can flourish with the lateral and upward mobility that is available here.

    Cons

    Employees are only eligible for promotion or salary adjustment on an annual basis. While it is a thorough and relatively fair process, it is disappointing to wait a whole year to show progress against development items.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BAH is growing too quickly to retain the same culture that has made it successful. Focus more on retention and re-competes rather than ambitious growth targets that pad your 401(k)s.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Booz Allen has grown

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    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
  10.  

    Very satisfied

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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

    This is a great place to work If you're willing to work hard and learn to work within the culture

    Cons

    Lots of unwritten "rules" - just find a good mentor or two to guide you through

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep leading

    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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