Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
2,194 Reviews
3.3
2,194 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 294 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 105 reviews)


Cons
  • The Work Life Balance that it promises is often not the reality (in 112 reviews)

  • It is not uncommon for a person to be hired and then let go in a few months for "lack of work" (in 47 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    A good company for REALLY hard workers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    There is usually interesting work available, and there are some very bright people on staff. The pay is pretty good compared to other east-coast companies. You are rewarded nicely if you pour your heart and soul and weekends in to your work.

    Cons

    In order to "make it," you are expected to average about 60-70 hours a week. In other places, this might be something that happens every once in awhile, and your bosses notice your extra commitment, but at Booz Allen, this is kind of the minimum level of effort to really get "noticed." This makes it really hard to maintain a good family work-life balance and also climb the ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really smart people wear down when run raw, especially in situations where the company pits the internal members against each other for success, rather than to work together for a common goal. Need more focus on teamwork.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Too much change in management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Strong brand, flexible with telework, strong community support

    Cons

    The company re-organizes every year, consultancy nature has depleted, leadership is fractured,benefits are getting worse

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place for transition from science/tech background to business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    - Booz Allen employees are collaborative, smart, and innovative
    - Multi-disciplinary team work is engaging and interesting
    - Everyone is interested in networking
    - Good hours for a consulting firm
    - Company emphasis on innovation

    Cons

    - The decentralization of the company makes it difficult to mingle with coworkers outside of your immediate project team
    - Recruiting strategy is unorganized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a university-hiring plan. Hire a cohort of young people and let them build a community and support each other

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Team Matters!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Overall, my experience at Booz Allen has been good. That said, I'm on a really good team with Senior Leadership who supports my career goals. It is however important to note that getting promoted at Booz Allen can be a long process. Due to the fact most of Senior Leadership is retired military, promotions at Booz Allen have a tenancy to be based on tenure and not necessarily merit.

    Cons

    In general, Booz Allen is financially risk adverse. Thus, their not going to back (i.e.financially) an innovative out of the box idea if there's the slightest chance it'll fail and they can't recoup their initial investment. Furthermore, it's a very team oriented environment... you can luck out and get a great team that supports you or you can be unlucky and get a team that's steered by an individual just trying to save his/her job. It really is the luck of the draw! Also, I wouldn't count on a lot of teams working in harmony to reach a specific goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scared money doesn't make money! Also, have faith in your staff no matter their age or years of experience. Be willing to take a small risk on them because it may payoff big in the long run!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Takes care of employees even in harshest economic times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Associate in Honolulu, HI

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

    Pros

    The company trusted me to perform on a client-facing contract the way I saw fit. There was a lot of flexibility, so long as I remembered that my role was as a consultant for the firm and not an employee for the contracting entity.

    The local office offered many opportunities to network within the firm after contracted work hours.

    During the government shutdown, BAH found creative and fair ways of holding onto a large majority of its employees.

    I was able to participate in the interview process for manning a new contract.

    Cons

    In my particular case, I felt that first and second levels of management failed to correct bad feelings between two separate, but closely related, clients, leaving me as the fall guy in the middle. I expect more from the retired military Colonels and General Officers who hold these management positions.

    In order to advance after the first year or two, one must be involved in getting new business or expanding current business. Management ignored the four new business and one expanded business ideas I floated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I encourage Senior Associates and Principals to get to know the skills, talents and desires of their Consultants and Associates so they can better match them to the current and future needs of the company.

    Show interest in self-motivated Associates who show initiative. Walk them through the processes of creating new business for the firm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company, long history

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    May not be the marquee name it was a few years ago, but very solid company, especially for veterans entering the workforce

    Cons

    Upcoming change in top leadership may cause unexpected changes in culture/benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great culture and people and the perks we get are great.

    Cons

    Sometime we need upper management to listen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Booz Allen Cyber Security Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Reston, VA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great professional experience, especially for college students.
    Worked on new techonolgies
    Booz employees are all very driven and professional.

    Cons

    Not for those who aren't self motivated
    Often was left to find work to remain billable without support
    Hotelling often left people struggling to find a desk

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not bad!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    It is a cool place to work and grow. your coworkers are nice people

    Cons

    Managers can do better with their employees and salary is a little bit down

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good cultural

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Associate in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Junior Associate in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Good people and cultural morals for a large company

    Cons

    Pay can be marginally better than the average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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