Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    3.5 years, at least I got a clearance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    recognition, lots of contracts, stability during shutdown

    Cons

    snooty, cut throat, apathetic leadership

  2. Helpful (1)

    Booz Allen is a different company now.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility of schedule and work from home is nice.

    Cons

    No sense of community, feels like a 'butts in seat' sort of place. Salaries were once strong, clearly feels like they are making an effort to change that. The

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the people below you; every manager is too focused on managing up. Change is health benefits will cost you dearly.

  3. its ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    potential to work on a alot of interesting projects

    Cons

    lack of interesting projects
    if your team is not in the same state, you can be a little lost.
    lack of direction

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  5. Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good company then and great atmosphere

    Cons

    Too big you are just a number

  6. Helpful (8)

    Some valuable work but gross mismanagement by senior leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Booz Allen does provide excellent support in obtaining continuing education and certifications needed to perform work. Booz Allen still lives on its reputation from the past. It was once a thriving, top employee driven firm with the best and the brightest employees and top level benefits. If you happen to land on the right team and project, it can still be that way. However, as many others have mentioned, that is not the majority of cases anymore. It does have many offices and that can be helpful since employees can work at any location which helps with commutes. Some good managers still exist at the mid-level area in the firm and they do try to support their employees.

    Cons

    Booz Allen's entire executive management team needs to be replaced...including the recent promotion they had to CEO. They do not understand business strategy (and actually any leadership concepts) and you can't even discuss topics with them without a set of PowerPoint slides that "look pretty." When they say "strategy" at the firm, they really mean "organizational realignment" and not true business strategic planning. So....every year or tow, they move boxes around on the organizational chart and they change the names of the groups. I guess no one has read any Harvard business strategy publications. Shrader was an engineer and lived off the old general market strategy of using client relationships to win additional work. However, the market changed and when clients said they needed to save monies, they cut higher paid employees and still went for "generic work" that others can do. They also cut operating costs without understanding how their changes would impact the work environment for employees. Their strategy to hire employees without having any contracts to place them on was disastrous the first, second, and third time they tried this (it took 3 times of this insanity????). They will probably do it again too. Partners are so far removed from their employees and day-to-day work they don't know what proposals have true chances of winning and what skill sets their team members truly possess. How can you run a business that way? The leadership does not seem to understand that the employees that are available to work and that they are hiring versus the work they are selling is a huge mismatch. Then, they blame internal staff for the problems that they create. They continue to promote employees to higher level management that have no management skills and they do not apply performance measures to management.

    Advice to Management

    Learn true business strategy, create a strategic plan, use performance measures (hey - ever heard of a balanced scorecard?)...and do all this without changing the names of your divisions and calling that "a strategy."

  7. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic coworkers make day to day interesting.
    Room for growth.
    Generous bonuses

    Cons

    Benefits are sub par, high deductible plans were just introduced this year and employees are having to spend a lot of money on services that were covered a few months ago.
    Pay depends on your contract so there are huge disparities amongst employees with same/similar experience.

    Advice to Management

    Stay connected to the people who are doing the ground work. And give better benefits.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Five years working here.

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    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay. Even though you are part of a large company, your team feels small and friendly. Supportive management and professional coworkers. I have been working remotely for the past two years, and my managers have been very happy to work with me to allow me to do this.

    Cons

    Some groups can get stove-piped, not allowing you to develop a wide variety of skills easily. Performance and promotion goals change frequently, leaving some staff in the lurch for a few years.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more effort made to allow teams to be able to determine promotion opportunities. Break down walls to allow junior staff to begin developing the skills they will need when they get to a higher level.

  9. Hired just before the company went public and was part of a mass hire with no project assigned at time of hire.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dedicated professionals. Teams are talented and strong and inspire one another to strive for excellence.

    Cons

    It's management consulting. Have no expectation that you can't be replaced and that there are never any guarantees when a contract ends.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency is key to the success of the business. Make it a value and the employees will never doubt the organization.

  10. Excellent opportunity to explore diverse areas and gain valuable leadership and business skills

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Associate in Lexington Park, MD
    Former Employee - Lead Associate in Lexington Park, MD

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance far exceeds other comparable companies. Outstanding benefit package despite the Government Fiscal Budget. Equal opportunity employer; performance based recognition.

    Cons

    Poor integration of acquired companies. Strong hierarchy of retired military officers difficult to navigate and often impeded progress with key clients.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in better business development tools and practices. Bid and proposal work inhibited by a lack of usable database.

  11. Working here has helped me gain great experience, as well and opened my eyes to management consulting and government.

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very interesting culture I never was a management consultant before, so I didn't know what to expect. Love the salary, experience gained, and interacting with co-workers as well as clients. Depending on the project, there is never a routine day.

    Cons

    When a project ends, it ca be nerve-racking trying to find a new project. There's always the fear of being let go.

    Advice to Management

    Less strenuous review assessment process.

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