Booz Allen Hamilton

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  1.  

    Great place to start your career; not as great to grow it.

    • 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

    Great office culture, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Hard to obtain training or mentorship. Leadership not responsive to employee needs. Benefits and compensation lag behind peer companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good starting off point

    • 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

    Pros

    Big name company, work life balance

    Cons

    lack of upward mobility and compensation

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent reputation and name recognition - overly entrenched in single market

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Extremely trusted and well-respected federal consulting firm from civil to defense engagements and everything in between. Work-life balance is highly competitive as a result of adjust to the federal holiday schedule and, to some degree, to federal hours requirements. Work-where-you-live model is quite appealing for many with families and other commitments. Strong company values centered around integrity and client trust - which staff embody practically universally.

    Cons

    Overly focused on the DC Metro area despite employing 25K+ individuals throughout regions across the country and abroad. Tangible history of defense contractor work despite robust civil arm resulting in frequent "badge-switching" for ex-military types who are qualified primarily as a result of their networks and clearances. Noncompetitive salary structure as compared with other large-scale consulting firms directly correlating with primarily federal government engagements. Often confused for 'contractors' rather than 'consultants' by clients because of lengthy (6m - 3y+) engagement duration.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for accountants, program managers and engineers

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers with great potential for the right employees.
    Lots of volunteer opportunities with a wide variety of groups and organizations
    Very well respected in the consulting community

    Cons

    Best suited for people who excel in one area of expertise. a jack of all trades will not survive here(Do ONE thing and do it well). You want to come in with a skill set, very difficult to develop on the job.
    Very challenging to change teams or departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When enough people express a concern about a particular manager you need to listen. Hard to get away from a difficult manager. There needs to be more flexibility in scheduling. Contrary to popular office opinion "life does get in the way of work sometimes".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good ol' boy system with limited growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There are numerous opportunities within the SIG and Commercial groups. The same is true of the DIG or government group but they have undergone changes after the leaks and government shut down. They offer competitive pay if you know what your own market value is. The work-life balance can be good depending on which team you are on.

    Cons

    The changes to the medical and retirement plans over the past few years have been horrible for employees. When first joining the firm, you will have little to no say over what you will be working. Opportunities only exist to those who know the right people, which can limit advancement and/or lateral movement. Career development opportunities are dependent on the group, contract, and team you are apart of. The development plans promoted by corporate are more or less useless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In this type of company, you sell the skills and services of your people. It might not be a bad idea to invest more heavily in growing and maintaining that asset.

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

    Losing sight of their mission

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Associate in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Lead Associate in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    When I started in 2008, they were 100% behind their mission. However, by 2011, regardless of what their mission stated, they really operated to simply make money. They used to be customer and employee focused and developed the best and brightest...not anymore.

    Cons

    Lost sight of their mission. Too focused on making money driving butts in seats mentality. Hire low end resources and fail to develop talent. Backstabbing and infighting drives out the true talent. Recognizes the poor performers who kiss butts and stab other in the back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the mission -- if solving your clients toughest problems is important, measure that versus measuring building work and building and maintaining teams -- i.e., butts in seats. If you deliver on your mission, you will always have work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Just OK

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Some Great Managers
    Lots of Public Sector Clients

    Cons

    Really a crapshoot for the manager you roll under
    Intense competition to get under the right Mgmt team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better career path visibility

  9.  

    Great work-life balance, but not exciting.

    • 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

    Pros

    Great hours but more because there is not much work.

    Cons

    Boring work and meaningless promotions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Booz Allen Hamilton

    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

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    Getting promoted is much more management based than technical based.

  11.  

    Dynamic Company; Great Place for a Career

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

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

    Pros

    Ample opportunities for promotion and self-development. Good network of employees; collaboration between all employees is encouraged and supported. This company adheres to a strong set of ethics, as well. You definitely get out what you put in.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work-life balance can be skewed to the work side, especially if you are working on a contract proposal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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