Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
2,291 Reviews
3.3
2,291 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 295 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 106 reviews)


Cons
  • The Work Life Balance that it promises is often not the reality (in 114 reviews)

  • It is not uncommon for a person to be hired and then let go in a few months for "lack of work" (in 49 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    One of the best employee centered companies I have ever worked for!

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

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

    Pros

    -They work hard to find billable hours
    -Career managers work hard to find you the best career path
    -Great benefits
    -Opportunity for remote work
    -They give you an opportunity to make up hours or work with you to help balance life and work

    Cons

    -Lack of work in certain cities
    -Remote work not usually reserved for new consultants
    -Billable work still dictated by whether or not you have contract renewals with Booz Allen customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More remote work opportunities for consultants.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great company to work for

    • 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

    Pros

    good people, interesting work, learn something new every day

    Cons

    working on client site, and having difficult clients

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    This place keeps you sharp and on your toes. Very diverse and welcoming work environment.

    Cons

    Many employees do not have their own offices. The "Hotelling" system may not be for everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Enterprise Architect

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

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

    Pros

    Fundamentally sound company offering competitive salaries and benefits
    Internal training provided for all that are interested
    Great place for young or relatively inexperienced IT engineers and management consultants to learn their trade
    High level of competence
    Thought leader in IT and management consulting

    Cons

    Transition from privately owned to a publicly owned consulting firm focused primarily on the Government market has been difficult with much of the senior staff and senior management either retiring or let go, resulting in a net loss of institutional knowledge and many of those that, in the past, have mentored younger or less experienced colleagues while adapting to a more competitive labor cost profile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In general, Booz Allen management are doing what they need to do in order to compete for the more difficult Government markets, but may be over achieving in thinning out the more expensive senior engineers and consultants. Care should be taken to not loose too much of the more experienced staff in order to be more cost competitive, resulting in being less competitive in terms of staffing capabilities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    BAH Review

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Overall, good benefits, though these have been scaling back since the company went public with Carlisle Group as the main investor. Also, budget cut-backs across DoD has impacted BAH, though to a lesser degree than some other large companies.

    Cons

    - Washington, D.C.-centric culture. If you work in a smaller office outside the greater D.C. metropolitan area, your opportunities will be more limited. Also, training courses provided by the firm definitely are geared in favor of D.C. area employees.
    - Odd "office" alignments that don't always make sense for individuals. You may have a local office, but all your leadership resides states away.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great resume builder

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

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

    Pros

    Depth and breadth of experience
    Strong introduction to business world
    Helps you learn your strengths and weaknesses
    Make your own path to leadership and management positions

    Cons

    Must be into sales and contract negotiations if you want to survive and move up in the firm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 35 people found this helpful  

    Working for Booz PRE-Carlyle Buy-Out

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You felt like you were one of the elite; working for one of the best companies in the market, a company that was very selective about who it hired. The compensation was fair. The benefits were awesome - especially the 401K and training. Leadership knew you and you knew leadership. Career development was the mantra for taking care of staff. The annual assessments were constructive and critical; there might be some hard pills to swallow in the debrief but the information was typically spot-on and was meant to help you grow as a professional.

    Cons

    Seemed as if climbing the ladder above Senior Associate required someone to retire, die, and/or have testicles - and it required breakfast, lunch, and dinner meetings on a regular basis to "socialize" your career progression. Many of the social events included drinking or golf - what if you didn't like those? They did have a part time track for work-life balance, but that usually meant earning 75% of your prior pay for the ability to answer emails and requests from home and your workload didn't seem to diminish. I fault the very senior leadership for selling out to Carlyle and ruining what had been a great company. Principals and Senior Associates asked if they could buy company stock to help raise money for the "Booz & Company" folks who wanted out of Booz Allen Hamilton and we were told NO. Bad decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From what I hear, Booz is now just another Beltway Bandit. P&L are taking precedence over quality deliver and quality staff care because the "P" is expected to be much larger than it had been in the past. To regain the reputation of old, refocus on staff care and quality delivery. Lose the multiple layers of management and "bean counting" that takes staff away from client delivery.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    People are great! Fun company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GIS Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - GIS Technician in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Benefits are great and overall pay is too. Compensation is very competitive.

    Cons

    The company is becoming very large therefore you tend to feel like a number rather than an asset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider discussing company values.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Pretty Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    fair, consistent, excellent resources, quality co-workers

    Cons

    Tall ladder to climb, aged heirarchy

  11.  

    Solid company for US jobs, but overseas jobs are more about schmoozing and less about competency.

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

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

    Pros

    Great salary, mentorship, and camaraderie within the company for your use. Excellent personnel to work with and/or supervision.

    Cons

    While overseas, the mentorships don't work because of time delays, distance, etc. Often feel alone with no direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you make a requirement for US positions, need to ensure a suitable not strict compliance for overseas jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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