Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
2,185 Reviews
3.3
2,185 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 294 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 103 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 46 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Strong brand but needs to refocus its mission

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    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best experience

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    • 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Stepping Stone

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Energy Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Energy Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work assignments, new learning experiences

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on meeting Government rules and regulations, top heavy staffing spending time on this, excessive pressure on 'worker bees' to work on direct contracts to sustain top-heavy management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on staff employed simply to boost employee morale and rah-rah activities. Use that money for better employee benefits and salaries

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

    A good company for REALLY hard workers

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    There is usually interesting work available, and there are some very bright people on staff. The pay is pretty good compared to other east-coast companies. You are rewarded nicely if you pour your heart and soul and weekends in to your work.

    Cons

    In order to "make it," you are expected to average about 60-70 hours a week. In other places, this might be something that happens every once in awhile, and your bosses notice your extra commitment, but at Booz Allen, this is kind of the minimum level of effort to really get "noticed." This makes it really hard to maintain a good family work-life balance and also climb the ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really smart people wear down when run raw, especially in situations where the company pits the internal members against each other for success, rather than to work together for a common goal. Need more focus on teamwork.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Too much change in management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong brand, flexible with telework, strong community support

    Cons

    The company re-organizes every year, consultancy nature has depleted, leadership is fractured,benefits are getting worse

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Senior Consultant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Fast paced environment. Highly respected firm.

    Cons

    Must be willing to put in 60-70 hours a week to move up. You won't always work on projects you like and your project can change at any minute. If you want to move up and are willing to put in the effort, you also have to be liked by your superiors. The great benefits of the past are slowly going away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to everyone's ideas and don't be so concerned with how you look to your superiors. Take care of the people who are working for you.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Team Matters!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Overall, my experience at Booz Allen has been good. That said, I'm on a really good team with Senior Leadership who supports my career goals. It is however important to note that getting promoted at Booz Allen can be a long process. Due to the fact most of Senior Leadership is retired military, promotions at Booz Allen have a tenancy to be based on tenure and not necessarily merit.

    Cons

    In general, Booz Allen is financially risk adverse. Thus, their not going to back (i.e.financially) an innovative out of the box idea if there's the slightest chance it'll fail and they can't recoup their initial investment. Furthermore, it's a very team oriented environment... you can luck out and get a great team that supports you or you can be unlucky and get a team that's steered by an individual just trying to save his/her job. It really is the luck of the draw! Also, I wouldn't count on a lot of teams working in harmony to reach a specific goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scared money doesn't make money! Also, have faith in your staff no matter their age or years of experience. Be willing to take a small risk on them because it may payoff big in the long run!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture and people and the perks we get are great.

    Cons

    Sometime we need upper management to listen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Booz Allen Cyber Security Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Reston, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great professional experience, especially for college students.
    Worked on new techonolgies
    Booz employees are all very driven and professional.

    Cons

    Not for those who aren't self motivated
    Often was left to find work to remain billable without support
    Hotelling often left people struggling to find a desk

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not bad!

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is a cool place to work and grow. your coworkers are nice people

    Cons

    Managers can do better with their employees and salary is a little bit down

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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