Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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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  5. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Great culture and diversity. Both the client and the employee are of utmost importance to Booz Allen. The firm offers great training/advancement resources for employees as well as comfortable work-life balance.

    Cons

    Remote/telework may not be an option depending on the client.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 6 people found this helpful

    Struggling to get back to the old days

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Lots of talk about returning to our innovation roots
    People still mostly care

    Cons

    Misfires all over the place on the wrong incentives and motivations for employees
    Little to no focus on retention, serious brain drain
    Leadership at times comes across as glorified project managers from yesteryear, not professional business leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all the legacy leadership and hire professional business managers
    STOP all the programs that are voluntary around innovation, mentorship, etc, and actually pay people to do the extras required for real innovation
    Return private, the quarterly performance drive is KILLING the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful

    Good people, changed culture

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    The people at Booz Allen are some of the best you'll work with anywhere--bright, motivated, and highly professional. It remains a great place for entry-level professionals coming out of college or graduate degree programs, as their labor rates are lower so they will have an easier time finding projects and gaining exposure to career advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    As others have acknowledged, the corporate culture has distinctly changed. "Billability" has become the lowest common denominator for determining employee value; upon contract end, you have a slim margin of time--sometimes days--before lack-of-work (LOW) notice. Although employees are expected to seek out their own opportunities, there is very little guidance or support to help match employees to open opportunities, and the Resource Management system intended to perform this function is understaffed. Even when securely on a contract, this emphasis on billable targets impedes career development as it encourages staff to stay put in minimal-growth opportunities for the sake of job security.

    Individual experiences vary significantly, however, because there is wide disparity in how teams manage their budgets and staff. It seems that a team's leadership has free reign to determine its own LOW policy and make other significant decisions impacting staff without Firm-wide guidance. Such leadership decisions tended to feel reactive rather than proactive and were often poorly communicated to staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refocus on hiring people for a career and not a job. Rethink the resource management process and require hiring managers to use RM (especially before hiring externally). If you need to make cuts, do so systematically and logically (considering merit and tenure), and at the very least ensure that your decision-making processes are clearly communicated and consistently applied across the entire Firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Too many VPs, not enough workers.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Client sites are great. Know how to play golf, that will get you connected.

    Cons

    Benefits have changed for the worse, all the perks are now gone. If you work on client site you will be kept in the dark on the company. You will work 40 hours and then continue to work at home for an additional 20 hours. If you decline to work at home, you will be informed that you are not able to be promoted. The overhead is very high, however everyone is expected to write proposals. If you get a raise, they will tell you that you are to high for contacts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The billable people are your bread and butter, don't forget it. It's more expensive to hire a new employee than keep a senior person.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful

    Continued Cuts and Lack of Direction

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    Current Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    -Generally flexible work environment
    -Maternity/Paternity/Bereavement Leave
    -Generally talented/motivated people

    Cons

    -Benefits being cut every corner
    -Other company services being reduced or cut to reduce bottom line
    -Every decision is now done with only shareholders in mind with no care for the employees
    -Level 4's on up are extremely disconnected and rake in an obscene amount of $ while the employees generating the revenue are hit hard by benefits and salary cuts.
    -Massive attrition
    -Constant state of reorganization and redesign can leave you lost (not to mention all of the money spent on this)
    -No accountability for your career manager or the new assessment program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Actually acknowledge that Level 3.5s and below exist. Realize your inflated salary is only kept intact from their dwindling benefits and compensation
    -Realize that all your business decisions that barely put a dent in your pocketbook greatly affect the majority employees trying to make a living in one of the most expensive cities in the country
    -Stop wasting tons of money reorganizing the firm every year

    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    A great firm with a lot of prestige

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    - Collaborative and collegiate culture
    - Most people are smart and work hard
    - Lots of resources available for training, mentoring, intellectual capital, and general professional development
    - Good work-life balance
    - The good managers really care about you and your professional development/goals/interests
    - Doesn't use cookie cutter approaches/solutions like other firms; room for creativity and entrepreneurship

    Cons

    - Compensation is not competitive
    - Easy to get pigeon holed in a market (e.g. you might only ever get to work with Army clients if you're aligned in that market)
    - Territorial management
    - Pressure to stay billable, even if it's not in line with your professional goals/interests
    - Retention/attrition issues

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful

    Sinking Ship

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    Former Employee - Lead Associate in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Lead Associate in Herndon, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    The reputation of the firm is positive, particularly as a government contracting consulting firm.

    Cons

    The firm has lost its way. No longer does it build intellectual capital or invest in developing new ideas or people. It now puts 'butts in seats' as the phrase goes within the firm. It often does not even care if the staffing is best for the client - more often it must be best for the bottom line. Networking is challenging, the firms way of staying in touch is to remind employees to fill in time sheets and to take on line training. Leadership thinks more about how to structure itself to satisfy the needs of old time employees rather than to serve the interests of a dynamic marketplace.
    Sadly, Booz Allen is not investing. It is treating its business like a cash cow and milking it for all it is worth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconnect with your customers. Figure out what they are challenged with and get back to your roots of developing Intellectual Capital to help tackle the challenges that our clients are facing. Don't spend all your time on managing things like time sheets. Create ways to invest, learn, grow. The current model is only as good as today's clients will tolerate it.
    Many Senior Associates are so busy with nonsense, they can't even develop new ideas or new business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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