Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
2,180 Reviews
3.3
2,180 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 111 reviews)

  • It is not uncommon for a person to be hired and then let go in a few months for "lack of work" (in 45 reviews)

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  1.  

    A company in transition

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This company lives it's Core Values every day. Leaders empower managers and staff to do the right thing for our clients. Junior Staff have an equal voice in most discussions and strategy sessions. The products we deliver are peer reviewed before leaders review with the goal of having the best possible product in the hands of our clients at the right time and the right cost.

    Cons

    Leaders slow to react to market changes. They get the right answer, but the pace of change is slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen closely to the staff that are right in front of the client.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very mixed results

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Well-oiled machine, great resources and processes. Great opportunity for a young engineer to gain experience and mentorship. Some really great managers who have a lot of balls in the air, keeping people employed during very uncertain times.

    Cons

    Micromanagement. Insane micromanagement. These people need to be medicated. If you are already experienced, you should probably look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hire people with security clearances, stick them in any position that is funded, then let their clearances expire with little to no support in finding a position which will sponsor them. Then, you send out mass emails asking them to help you recruit new employees with high level security clearances. That is a formula for creating a disgruntled employee.

    You have too many lower level managers on SOME of your teams, otherwise no one would have had time to micromanage. I've seen other managers stretched too thin.

    Though everyone understands protecting other vendors' proprietary data in theory, practical application falls short. You are expected to magically never receive proprietary data, when the customers keep sending it to you.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Stepping Stone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  7. 1 person 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
  8.  

    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.

  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    What Could Have Been...

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    As a whole, Booz Allen was a good company. On an individual level, the staff was pretty nice. The company had great locations and flexible schedules where staff was able to work from the closest location closest or work remotely, if necessary. The pension plan was one of the few nice benefits.

    Cons

    I was a bit disappointed when I joined the firm as I had better benefits with my previous companies. The compensation was incredibly low in certain service lines so it was a challenge feeling motivated and appreciated. Additionally, senior leadership did not welcome mentorship relationships with the majority of staff and it was difficult to cultivate relationships with them. After the acquisition of the federal practice, the focus was on billability and it was clear that leadership did not care about staff's career goals. Also, there was a lack of distinct culture and the direction seemed to change in certain service lines on a regular basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on establishing a Booz Allen culture
    Have leadership take a true interest in junior staff
    Improve compensation and benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company in transition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Booz Allen has a long tradition of successfully adding value to client engagements. We have a corporate culture that is based on teaching, learning and mentoring. People take pride in their work. One could spend their entire career here and have limitless variety.

    Cons

    The economics of the business is changing. Booz Allen has become a very organization intended to achieve economies of scale. It is also publicly traded which means extra scrutiny on earnings and expenses by Wall Street. Meanwhile, the US government, responsible for 95 percent of firm billings, is interested less in strategic consulting and more in low-cost technology solutions. The good work for generalist MBAs is drying up while there is more demand for commodity contract work. Staff are expected to bill at 100%, and there is precious little time allowed on the beach before an employee is terminated. Morale has suffered. This is not the firm it used to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the genie back in the bottle; go back to 2005 when contracts were fat, the market was not saturated, and the firm was a partnership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too much change in management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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