Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Average big consulting firm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    The people at Booz are generally friendly and approachable. The firm is very large, so there are lots of opportunities, especially for those with an IT bent.

    Cons

    The firm is so large, it can be easy to get "lost." A lot of your job satisfaction will depend on your immediate team and who you report to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in hiring smarter people. Most of the people at Booz are friendly and good people, but I'm not overly impressed by their intellect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Approaching Two Years and Still Impressed

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    Current Employee - Associate III in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate III in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Professional, credible, impressive, and driven employees. Great work environment and culture. Opinions and ideas of personnel at all levels is routinely sought and genuinely appreciated. If client facing, contract expiration does not immediately mean loss of employment - assistance provided to find billable work.

    Cons

    Annual pay raises and promotion process not fully understood by some individuals and first-line supervisors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Senior leader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Challenging work. you are exposed to tremendous breadth of business experiences that are challenging to get other places. Many times you get to explore your dreams. Benefits are great. Good 401K plan.. though used to be better.

    Cons

    Transition to a public firm has changed the firm dramatically placing business above people. While the pay is good, the work is quite demanding. Work life balance is up to the employee, but it is hard to balance. Firm is becoming more of a top down leadership style. Used to be much more distributed. The mid level leadership is loosing trust in the ability of the seniors to drive the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From a culture perspective, go back to your roots. It bonds the staff to the firm. This should help retention and attract the best and brightest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Senior Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Resume builder. Smart coworkers.

    Cons

    Have to be billable! Can be cut throat environment. Low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more. Provide bonuses.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6. 7 people found this helpful

    Your experience will depend entirely on the group you're in.

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements and excellent benefits; some groups have real expertise in their fields.

    Cons

    Like many companies structured as partnerships, BAH has a feudal feel; your partner "owns" you and sets the tone for the entire group. Like many client-service companies, fulfilling the contract minimum using low-level employees that fill seats without requiring much salary is much more profitable than using highly-skilled and compensated professionals. That means that, unless someone takes a special interest in you, your career development is entirely up to you; you're much more valuable as a cog than as a professional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It feels like there's no way to advance at BAH except through generating business, but some contract require actual expertise. Reward technical skill if you want to be able to deliver what you've sold.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. Back stabbing lying management

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    Former Employee - Rather Not Say in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Rather Not Say in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Can't think of any. Oh yeah, Edward Snowden was a bright spot over all, but not in Houston

    Cons

    Too many bean counters and micro- managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being Micro-managing sleeze bags

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. My role was to assist BAH recruit and hire top level talent.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    BAH has high quality individuals that work for them.

    Cons

    BAH did not provide realistic personal growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BAH should focus on creating a culture that offers flexibility, work-life balance and an atmosphere of high growth and employee engagement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Interesting work in a lot of different areas. A lot of emphasis on personal growth and development and innovation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and very flexible hours. Opportunity to work on a variety of projects in many different markets. Strong emphasis on personal growth and development. Leadership reaches out to employees regularly for input. Many mentoring and volunteering opportunities.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to be noticed by senior management (networking is very important). Pay is not as competitive as similar companies. Benefits could be a little better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Gone downhill over time

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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience if you have no work experience, everyone else will be frusterated.

    Cons

    No ability to move between projects, benefits constantly cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to investing in your people instead of issuing dividends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    I was an IT Strategy and Enterprise Architecture Sr. Consultant at Booz Allen.

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Architect in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Enterprise Architect in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, available leadership, open to innovation

    Cons

    compensation grows slower than the rate of advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees for loyalty (through compensation). A Lead Associate who started as a consultant and worked his/her way up makes significantly less than a Lead Associate hired from another firm because the low incremental pay increases don't keep up with the market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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