Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
2,155 Reviews
3.3
2,155 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 290 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 101 reviews)


Cons
  • The Work Life Balance that it promises is often not the reality (in 111 reviews)

  • lack of work opportunities for personal growth and promotion, too many staffing levels (in 44 reviews)

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  1.  

    A Company Evolving

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager

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

    Pros

    Booz Allen is very entrepreneurial. In many ways you are far more enabled to make mistakes and come back from them than most other companies.

    Cons

    The company is very disorganized. It tries to pursue many different lines of business and fails to execute on most of them with excellence. If you are in an area that is truly excellent, and there are some diamonds in the company, you will not have much mentorship in your business. This is sometimes a positive but more often thought of as a negative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay closer attention to industry trends and competitors and learn more from their failures and successes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be great but has been going downhill since went public

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits are fantastic, a lot of room to grow within the company, very committed to its core values and to its clients

    Cons

    Work-life balance leaves much to be desired; no longer feel as if company values its employees as much as they did when they were a private company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start. Better hope your offered a real opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Booz Allen attempts to maintain a more personal relationship with its employees, and this is driven by the CEO.

    Cons

    They have been swept away by the globalization forces that have attempted to commoditize highly skilled resources, and drive down salaries to very competent and qualified people. This is the mantra of all consulting firms, to reduce costs and ignore qualifications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get serious about leveraging your highly experienced workers to expand your service offerings. There is a rice bowl mentality among Senior Managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

    • 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 place to start and learn consulting from the ground up.

    Cons

    The internal staffing is tuff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your staff and loose the strict billable rules.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK for post military

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    great salary, good hours (if on client site)

    Cons

    Ceiling limit on promotions, not rewarding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to your consulting roots, otherwise the company becomes a contractor farm.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    solid experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in McLean, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great resume builder and helps to hone your skill set, either as a generalist or a SME.

    Cons

    Office culture can be unnecessarily competitive and stiff, lack of trust since the company went public several years ago

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focusing on staff will assist in getting monetary results

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    I came in as a senior manager/director, but have been working on a junior level.

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company is large and has many perks and benefits. It's great for people who are early in their career or those who bring a business base to the company.

    Cons

    You are expected to "prove yourself" to senior management--what you accomplished before coming to the company has little value. Administrative responsibilities, such as performance reviews and attending team meetings and company updates, are done "on your own time."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage experienced employees to provide leadership to more junior employees. Stop engaging inexperienced staff as leaders of experienced staff.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work-life balance

    • 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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Below market compensation and constant inconsistent organizational and administrative changes.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to work for, great work life balance.

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

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

    Pros

    Booz is a great place to work. Lots of flexibility as far as opportunities and work life balance. Great first job. They are always looking at ways to improve upon the way that they operate as an organization and put their employees first. They really understand that without its consultants they would not be able to achieve the amount of success it has and it shows. Tons of training opportunities although that time doesn't count towards your billable hours so you have to be careful not dig yourself into a hole you can't get out of.

    Cons

    It is easy to get "lost" but this really depends on your management team and your ability to network. The company is large and sometimes inexperience can hurt you. In some situations you may be without a project and though there are some available, you are not qualified enough for the position. It's not always easy to cross markets once you start out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure those in charge of the daily operations of employees, Lead Associates and above, actually care about the wellness and livelihood of those that report to them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    After two years, I still like my job!

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    BAH encourages their employees to learn and to work with others to complete projects. One of the big pushes is networking. We have meetings, lunches, discussions and presentations available on a regular basis to help network, meet other employees, and/or learn more on a topic or a BAH offering.

    Cons

    Working on proposals for new work or to continue current work can be time heavy and exhausting. I've worked multiple weeks of 12-14+ hour days on this type of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge a broader spectrum of employees for projects. It seems that many people do the work for the success, but the same few get noticed all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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