Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
2,135 Reviews
3.3
2,135 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 283 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 99 reviews)


Cons
  • Lots of relatively large changes over the past two years have impacted benefits and work-life balance (in 103 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    working for Booz

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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 a year

    Pros

    Work with smart people ....

    Cons

    the whole management model. You can be managed by a team that does not have anything to do with the client that you are working on. and you raised is based on how well your team is doing. it's very confusing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good benefits, interesting work, difficult integration, dependent on geography and problematic competitive environment

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    - Good benefits, great health and industry standard retirement.
    - Competitive salaries.
    - Interesting work. There is the possibility of working across multiple teams and disciplines.
    - High-quality co-workers. There are many intelligent people working for Booz Allen and there is the opportunity to interact across the firm where employees can learn from the best.

    Cons

    - I worked for a company that was acquired by Booz Allen almost two years ago. The integration has been difficult leading to a lot of uncertainty and loss of talent. We moved to the larger firm’s offices and we are kept at arm’s length leading to diminished local opportunities. It seems like we are two separate companies sharing an office and can be uncomfortable because of differing cultures. It is not like this for all offices. I have visited other Booz Allen offices and worked with them without experiencing the same discomfort that is in my own office. However, some of my same-division-colleagues have relayed similar issues.
    - Advancement depends on work, this isn’t really a con it is reality of the business. I work in a smaller market and try to advance through virtualization (a great alternative if the client is willing) and working with other offices in larger markets. The little I interact with my in-office colleagues they seem frustrated by an ability to be promoted. It is problematic but difficult for those working on a client site and don’t have the opportunity to build new business because of the nature of their work and size of the market.
    - Booz Allen is a premium consulting firm and values efficiency and intelligence, that’s a good thing. However, the firm is costly and their main client is the federal government and that means that cost can be the most important factor in winning work. The firm does take extraordinary steps to remain competitive but also resorts to proposals for less than exciting opportunities (that’s where the money, however much, is sometimes) and bidding lower than in previous efforts leading to diminished benefits and compensation. An unfortunate business reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fully integrate acquisitions. It will be painful and there will be complaints and some will leave but in the end it has to happen. Two dress codes, two training regimens, two holiday calendars, two sets of policies and alienation by separation employees is not good for morale.

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

    BAH cares about it's personnel and works diligently to increase market share and keep it's employees engaged.

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    Current Employee - EOD Analyst  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - EOD Analyst in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to continue serving your country post-military.

    Cons

    Opportunities are restricted to geographic locations around military installations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BAH upper management are pseudo-military. More time and energy is wasted on sexual harassment training than on core competency training IOT give the appearance of walking in lock-step with DOD.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incredible experience - Met talented, friendly, and great people. Flexible work hours, great life balance

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Really enjoyed the people and experience as a whole - Pentagon was a cool place to work at. Both client and Booz co-workers were great. Hours can't be beat, was rarely asked to work a minute over 40 hours. Got 3 weeks vacation and 6% $ for $ 401k matching.

    Cons

    Money doesn't seem to be all that competitive anymore. Benefits in general took a massive hit since the company went public and are continuing to decline. Our CEO keeps sending mass emails saying how great the company is doing as the profit increases while our revenue decreases. I wonder how they are able to accomplish this...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting basic benefits and salaries. Gotta draw the line between reasonable cost savings and completely losing the ability to hire talented employees. This only works short term until talented people begin to leave gradually.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Professional Firm

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Strategic Communications  in  Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Strategic Communications in Honolulu, HI

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

    Pros

    Booz Allen Hamilton has a very great benefits package for all of their employees. They understand that personal situations happen and have a wonderful amount of flexibility for most of the work.

    Cons

    The firm is growing quickly and this is a positive sign, although that brings with it extra work to do. Nothing else that can be considered a 'con'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start your career

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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

    Great, smart people to work with; challenging assignments that will push you to grow; lots of opportunity if you know where to look and who to talk to. Fair pay and benefits, and leadership generally tries to listen to employees but may take awhile to take action. Very open to telework and high employee autonomy as long as you get the work done. New career tracks offer more opportunity for technical and functional experts to reach upper leadership levels. In general, the company has come through the government market decline in good form without having to lay off a ton of employees.

    Cons

    Highly political and hierarchical, especially on the corporate side. Lots of change that can be hard for some employees to handle. Promotions more based on who you know than what you do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great! Entry Level Job

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable people, very fast pace work, everyone is proficient and above, volunteer work

    Cons

    pay raises, promotions, closing offices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on employee than stock holders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits, amazing work hours, an easy way to get a clearance, and very flexible.

    Cons

    Reviews are very stressful, can get very busy at times (especially Q4).

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome!

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    I met so many interesting, skilled, and unique people at Booz. Everyone seemed like they really wanted to work there. I always felt welcome and valued as an employee and team member. Very professional environment to work in and I met a lot of people that I am still friends with outside of the company. It is a good work culture and very positive experience overall.

    Cons

    Office location created a long commute for me. Compensation was good, but advancement was somewhat challenging. When I chose to leave, I did not appreciate the tongue lashing I received from my boss's boss. My boss was amazing, but her boss was definitely a character.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company to Build Your Consulting Career

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    BAH has all the benefits of a large consultancy (extensive in-house training, competitive salary, variety of industries). This allows junior staff to receive comprehensive training on the basics of management consulting as well as more advanced training on Project Management, Strategic Planning and industry specific certifications. Your personal growth is all dependant on how much you take charge of all the opportunities available to you.

    Cons

    It can be difficult at times to get onto projects that are not within your organizational team, resulting in difficulty gaining a diversity in project experience. Also, you must "own your brand" to be successful. This means networking, attending additional training outside of the required training classes and pitching yourself to senior colleagues to build your reputation as a great asset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the organization has gone through various changes (private-equity purchase, reorganization, scandal). The company has done a sufficient job to separate the brand from the negative press. It is going to be important to develop a comprehensive strategy to attract and retain new talent that will help the firm retain and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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