Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
2,195 Reviews
3.3
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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 105 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 47 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great People, Great Culture, Great Career Mobility

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    Philanthropy, Culture, Diversity, Career Paths

    Cons

    Our customer is the DoD or US Government so when things are shaky in the Government makes for the life of a BAH employee tough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep encouraging your employees to be more then who they are and encourage them to take advantage of the tuition/certification reimbursement and make sure the employees take advantage of that offering every year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Lead Associate

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    • 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
  3. 4 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
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    Declining

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Associate (Project Manager) in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Associate (Project Manager) in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    There is a real opportunity to be entrepreneurial and build the skills that you're seeking.

    Cons

    You tend to get locked into federal contracting. It's not consulting. It's just helping overworked, understaffed federal employees do their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Titanic of the DC Metro Area

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Technologist in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Technologist in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    - Big, shiny object on your resume
    - Lots of firm-wide emails meant to boost your morale about the latest benefit cut
    - Hoteling implementation has led to lots of Working From Home (avoiding the treacherous DC area commute)
    - Still buys out Kings Dominion once a year for Employee Appreciation Day (amazingly this perk has outlived quality health care plans)

    Cons

    - A sinking giant in Federal "Consulting" in full cost-cutting mode after recent IPO. The stock is doing well b/c the employees aren't.
    - Extremely poor raises (promotion and non-promotion) in the last 2+ years
    - Reduction of once amazing 401k program to slightly above average 401k program
    - Change to all high deductible health plans (with super high premiums) and emails from management about how this is a good thing
    - Switched to the full Federal holiday schedule which resulted in zero floating holidays (was 2), no Black Friday holiday, and a reduction in PTO.
    - Ability to switch projects not on par with other true consulting firms (lots of boring staff augmentation type roles with little mobility)
    - Top talent leaving the firm to work at better places.
    - Changes structure/organization/quirky catch phrase ALL the time - seriously why even try any more?
    - All of the above is resulting in the firm losing its prestige and sinking QUICKLY. Booz Allen used to be a very respected place to to build your career, now its just...a place to work until you find something else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company now and cash out while you can - this sucker is going down with you "titans of industry" at the wheel!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It is an alright company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant Developer in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Consultant Developer in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pros are that salary and benefits. You may be on a small team, so you can get to know everyone. Free coffee and water.

    Cons

    Unstable. Your team may lose the contract. No training for fresh graduates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add training for new employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 2 people 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not bad, but could be soooo much better

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

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

    Pros

    Impressive depth of knowledge and professional ability across most of the firm. They truly do employ experts in their respective fields. The networking opportunities are awesome. If your heart is into public service and missions that matter, but you rather skip some of the politics involved in being a government employee, it's a great place to work AND learn about yourself.

    Cons

    Major pay difference when compared to boutique software engineering & big data firms and the other major technology players is making it hard to attract and retain talent, especially as folks care less about "brands" (i.e. "delivered to you from Booz Allen") and more about quality of services or products. Benefits took a dive recently with the advent of CDH plans...so more out of pocket expense for health care with no salary offsets to compensate. The smaller firms understand this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop selling your software engineers on reduced salary vs. career opportunity. Eventually we get smart and realize how to find/make our own opportunities after we build our networking skills. You're going to have trouble retaining senior talent to develop your junior workforce, and thus will lose on the quality front and lag in your conversion to a technical services company.

    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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