Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
2,185 Reviews
3.3
2,185 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 103 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 46 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not bad!

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    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
  2.  

    Great Shop

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart people
    Results driven approach
    Lots of projects to choose from

    Cons

    Big company so need to stay close to a team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Takes care of employees even in harshest economic times

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Pleasant Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Eatontown, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate in Eatontown, NJ

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

    Pros

    Benefits, availability of work, good structured company

    Cons

    Management seems to be too cut-throat and back-stabbing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your employees job satisfaction. They are just as important as the clients satisfaction in the employees job performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    So far...so good!

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Great on-boarding experience from the initial recruiter contact to the orientation course!

    Cons

    None yet! I am curious to see how the raise process works since the appraisal period changed after I joined the company. My annual anniversary date yielded a 1% raise, but I have been told that I MAY be considered for a further raise during the formal cycle in January...fingers crossed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No explanation or discussion with my line of management of the 1% raise I received on my anniversary date. It would be nice to have it explained, e.g. why 1%, any further considerations or things I need to to, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great employer for the most part

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    It is very apparent that BAH genuinely cares for its employees. It goes out of its way to find work for its people when contracts dry up, maximizing the talents of its personnel to ensure they have valuable, meaningful work. The leadership at the top at the regional office I work are very impressive, with the middle managers just below them a mixed bag as far as leadership ability. Still, there is no doubt that they care deeply for the employees.

    There are opportunities to move around the company, and the opportunities are worldwide. If you don't like it where you're at and you have some mobility, this is an excellent company to work for!

    The large majority of folks I've worked with are very intelligent, which is refreshing when working in an environment surrounded by entitled government employees.

    Cons

    The move to being publicly traded has come with some trade-offs when it comes to benefits. Read: "Take care of the investors before the employees" (loss of employee perks and benefits in some cases). Salaries and programs such as education reimbursement have severely been cut.

    I have witnessed a lack of diversity when it comes to overall management and the allocation of promotions, though I think this is more perception than reality. As one lower-level employee put it, "It's hard to get promoted unless you're part of the 'old white men's club'." To its credit, I think the management at the regional office I work at has noticed this, though any action to remedy the perception and/or the numbers hasn't occured.

    If you are at a regional office or "hoteling", good luck feeling like you're part of the big show in the DC area. If the DC set doesn't suit you, though, you'll enjoy being away from that flagpole. BAH has a lot of great locations to work at, so happy hunting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A company in transition

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This company lives it's Core Values every day. Leaders empower managers and staff to do the right thing for our clients. Junior Staff have an equal voice in most discussions and strategy sessions. The products we deliver are peer reviewed before leaders review with the goal of having the best possible product in the hands of our clients at the right time and the right cost.

    Cons

    Leaders slow to react to market changes. They get the right answer, but the pace of change is slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen closely to the staff that are right in front of the client.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    Too many mid-level mangers, can't compete in austere fiscal climate, keeps "dead-weight"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Defense Research Analyst in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Defense Research Analyst in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Good reputation and past performance gains respect of clients

    Cons

    When I was hired by Booz Allen (in a position I found) I was told that Booz Allen hires the person, not just for the contract. When my position was migrated to another company, Booz Allen did little to nothing to retain me even though I was more qualified than people working in other positions. They are more interested in keeping people billable than they are in providing the best value and qualified people for the client. Definitely has the perception of favoritism.

    Booz Allen is also top heavy which drives up cost and weakens ability too compete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your talented, most qualified people and replace those who do not have skill sets for today's market who are piled on to contracts just so they can be billable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Tremendous amount of opportunity and professional growth

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Booz offers flexible work schedules. The client's we support have extremely exciting missions where Booz Allen staff are able to provide real impact. Leadership cares about their staff and continuously provides opportunities for growth

    Cons

    The firm communications are definitely lacking. The rumor mill far outpaces the corporate communications, and when those communications come out, they are not in tune with the staff. Corporate policies can inhibit agility to response to unique client challenges

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 10 people found this helpful  

    Was there for 11 years, left, returned and happily gone again

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    From mid 90's to mid 2000s great firm. Loved it, learned alot, my partner was very good. Returned for an assignment in 2012 and good grief, so much had changed!

    Cons

    Classic Beltway bandit. You are just a drone in a roll. I was expected to treat my staff so differently than we had previously. I had had several offers at play and jumped ship as quickly as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No words can describe how disappointed I was in how leadership attitudes had changed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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