Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
2,154 Reviews
3.3
2,154 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 290 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 101 reviews)


Cons
  • The Work Life Balance that it promises is often not the reality (in 111 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.  

    After two years, I still like my job!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Aberdeen, MD
    Current Employee - Associate in Aberdeen, MD

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    BAH encourages their employees to learn and to work with others to complete projects. One of the big pushes is networking. We have meetings, lunches, discussions and presentations available on a regular basis to help network, meet other employees, and/or learn more on a topic or a BAH offering.

    Cons

    Working on proposals for new work or to continue current work can be time heavy and exhausting. I've worked multiple weeks of 12-14+ hour days on this type of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge a broader spectrum of employees for projects. It seems that many people do the work for the success, but the same few get noticed all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incredible experience - Met talented, friendly, and great people. Flexible work hours, great life balance

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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Really enjoyed the people and experience as a whole - Pentagon was a cool place to work at. Both client and Booz co-workers were great. Hours can't be beat, was rarely asked to work a minute over 40 hours. Got 3 weeks vacation and 6% $ for $ 401k matching.

    Cons

    Money doesn't seem to be all that competitive anymore. Benefits in general took a massive hit since the company went public and are continuing to decline. Our CEO keeps sending mass emails saying how great the company is doing as the profit increases while our revenue decreases. I wonder how they are able to accomplish this...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting basic benefits and salaries. Gotta draw the line between reasonable cost savings and completely losing the ability to hire talented employees. This only works short term until talented people begin to leave gradually.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Young talent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Growth opportunities if you actively seek them out and keep that in mind when projects are being offered.

    Cons

    Low compensation, and not much focus on retaining and developing young talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on retaining young talent and not just throwing people into projects just so they are billable.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Learned a lot about life and business (aside from IT Consulting)

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very prestigious company with (formerly) incredible benefits. Opportunity to learn a lot about life and business through osmosis alone.

    Cons

    Bought by Carlyle in '08 (private equity firm), as well as its adaptation to current economic times, is starting to make BAH just another firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to get BAH back to its roots pre-Carlyle (as much as feasible in these times). Find a way to keep talent around during challenging times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great! Entry Level Job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable people, very fast pace work, everyone is proficient and above, volunteer work

    Cons

    pay raises, promotions, closing offices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on employee than stock holders

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

    Great place to start your career

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great, smart people to work with; challenging assignments that will push you to grow; lots of opportunity if you know where to look and who to talk to. Fair pay and benefits, and leadership generally tries to listen to employees but may take awhile to take action. Very open to telework and high employee autonomy as long as you get the work done. New career tracks offer more opportunity for technical and functional experts to reach upper leadership levels. In general, the company has come through the government market decline in good form without having to lay off a ton of employees.

    Cons

    Highly political and hierarchical, especially on the corporate side. Lots of change that can be hard for some employees to handle. Promotions more based on who you know than what you do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    Professional Firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Strategic Communications  in  Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Strategic Communications in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Booz Allen Hamilton has a very great benefits package for all of their employees. They understand that personal situations happen and have a wonderful amount of flexibility for most of the work.

    Cons

    The firm is growing quickly and this is a positive sign, although that brings with it extra work to do. Nothing else that can be considered a 'con'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits, amazing work hours, an easy way to get a clearance, and very flexible.

    Cons

    Reviews are very stressful, can get very busy at times (especially Q4).

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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