Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
2,132 Reviews
3.3
2,132 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Employer!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great employer offering diversity in assignments, great opportunities for training, and skilled co-workers.

    Cons

    In locations farther from the HQ, some client offerings are not as diverse

  2.  

    Awesome!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Great Company to Build Your Consulting Career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5.  

    Federal powerhouse with plenty of opportunities.

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

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

    Pros

    Respected brand with plenty of agencies to support. You get to work with plenty of smart people who have a wide array of backgrounds.

    Cons

    Working with government agencies can be un-fulfilling at times, and Booz salaries aren't always the best, particularly for younger employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good, until it ended abruptly ...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Excellent management environment, up until the Federal Sequestration started... then my lead partner got laid off along with all the staffers...

    Cons

    Hard to tell now, since Booz Allen sold the business to PwC.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company for top notch consulting skills

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The benefits, although they have changed are still great! You meet and have an opportunity to learn how to be the best. You will learn how to successfully manage client expectations and manage.

    Cons

    It can be somewhat challenging to get ahead, but with the right positioning and leadership that believes in you, you can achieve great success. Not necessarily a place you will retire from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The assessment process is a joke and a waste of time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Place Overall

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    Good Work / Life balance up to Lead Associate
    Reasonable compensation
    Smart Colleagues

    Cons

    Work becoming less interesting, more contracting v. consulting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on wining more consulting work in gov. and commercial

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Happiness quotient depends on client.

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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

    The salary and benefits are great. Management is stellar.

    Cons

    Without a doubt, firm culture. Timesheets, Travel Expenses, Annual Review, other corporate style policies.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Still a Good Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent Work/Life balance.
    Benefits are very good.
    Career advancement is clearly defined.
    Up to $5,000/year in training allowance.

    Cons

    May need to relocate to find a new project, that is the nature of contracting work.
    After 30-years they have done away with their 10% bonus plan. Now it is a 401k with matching up to 6%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to offices outside the DC area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Big company, great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis Junction, MD

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance, leadership opportunities, number of projects to work on, number of locations across the nation (and internationally), various clients and types of work

    Cons

    Benefits are very average now, large variety of technical ability, inconsistent career management across teams/accounts/regions, lack of confidence in senior leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people more. If you invest in your people - they will enjoy their experience which will allow recruiting and attracting top talent to happen organically.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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