Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Great management consulting firm but varies by teams, projects and managements

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Management consulting best practices are followed are reflected in the deliverables the consultants produce. Great company to work for grow if a good team supports your goal. Work is challenging and expectations are high; company and management has to follow its standards to sustain the growth with change and also maintain its standards. So employees have to give best effort to be recognizable and get appreciation.

    Cons

    Team, project and good management are important factors beside hard work and dedication to succeed in this company.


  2. Helpful (5)

    Big Firm with a Boutique Feel

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Associate in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues. Great collaboration

    Cons

    Federal government clientele depresses me as a taxpayer


  3. Helpful (4)

    Good company

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong culture of collaboration and client service. Very good people.

    Cons

    Benefits have been steadily declining and continued declines in the core Government market make future uncertain


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  5. Helpful (12)

    Falling Apart

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

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

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

    Pros

    - There are still many folks who really are competent and excel at what they do. In some cases, they are the best in the industry.
    - You can create your own work/life balance here. There will still be a lot of pressure to burn out, but if you refuse nobody will really do anything to you.

    Cons

    - The company's management (senior to middle levels) is coming apart at the seams. Most managers are incompetent at managing the thing they are notionally in charge of. Many now proudly declare that they are "faking it until they make it." Clearly such people do not understand the TED Talk on the Imposter Syndrome.
    - The company is suffering from multiple identity crises. It can not decide if it is a consulting company, staff augmentation, or professional services.
    - Innovation is squelched, despite the creation of a very large innovation group. The company uses almost none of the technologies and skills it purports to be expert in.
    - The company's business operations team (called the GO team) is disconnected from market demands and mostly cannot be relied on to do anything except make life difficult.
    - The company is positioned poorly in the marketplace. Because it has no clear brand, it is not clear of it should be compared to higher-end boutique vendors or if it should be compared to offshore outsourcers. Customers are frequently confused and unable to understand where the company stands relative to competitors.
    - Benefits are cut every year, often substantially.

    Advice to Management

    - Sell what your customers want to buy, and clearly communicate via your website, communications, and brand what it is you're selling.
    - Establish multiple coherent brands within the parent organization and manage those businesses well.
    - Decide the 1-2 things you want to do, and do them better than anyone else rather than doing them half-heartedly.
    - Re-watch the TED Talk on the Imposter Syndrome and understand why those who happily declare that they are suffering from the syndrome are really just jerks who don't know what they're talking about.


  6. Helpful (6)

    Stagnant, Not What It Used To Be

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A significant portion of the people are nice, motivated, and smart.
    There are quite a few interesting problems to solve.
    Still looks good on your resume.

    Cons

    Upper management is largely clueless except on how to put butts in seats on client site.
    Benefits are being slashed.
    Atrocious turnover rate for good talent.
    Very management heavy.
    Espouses core values but consistently acts unethically towards employees. Employees are numbers, not people.
    Created a branch (the SIG) to do R&D, but won't let up on billable hour requirements to give them time to do the R&D. It's an investment, treat it like one!
    The company is interested in innovation only on face value.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. There are still a lot of smart people around.
    Create a cohesive strategy if you truly want to innovate, don't do more of this corporate "I read it in a motivational book" style innovation. Engineers in particular don't respond to it, not that most everybody else does.


  7. Helpful (1)

    After 6 years, I would say, "eh" and "look elsewhere"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The name is the best part about Booz Allen. It's great to have on your resume, and to be honest, they do try very hard to keep staff rather than just do the normal "fire people when contracts end" thing that other contract companies do. They will still fire you if you can't find a project immediately after your contract ends, but you know, it's the thought that counts.

    Cons

    Booz Allen is not what it was. When I first joined, it was a great company focused on bringing innovation to clients. After we went public, it was more like "shut up and bill your hours". Management was downsized, contracts dwindled, training hours were discouraged, and the onus was wholly on billing clients. It became really hard to discuss career development, and to be honest, I started to witness a lot of strange behavior. One day managers would tell you one thing, and the next day they would penalize you for it. Since we wanted to maintain the Booz Allen ego, it became kind of a mess.

    Oh, work-life balance is a fantasy at Booz Allen and the pay really isn't good enough to make up for that fact. The best part of their benefits was their automatic 10% deposit into your ECAP, but that's gone too.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of worrying about sticking to the old definition of what was Booz Allen, don't be afraid to recreate that image in a way that empowers staff and lets go of previous practices that are no longer applicable to publicly traded company. The new Booz Allen could be better than the old Booz Allen if you are willing to be defined by current merit rather than previous stature.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Hard to pay for daughters medication

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Name only in government sector

    Cons

    Very bad benefits and decreasing. Basic meds that were affordable now cost prohibitive due to bad medical benefits. Won't even start on retirement benefits or culture.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of employees before everyone leaves


  9. manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Projects were sometimes interesting in nature.

    Cons

    Leadership was weak and there was a poor culture.


  10. associate

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    ethical, high standards, good training opportunities, investment in employee education

    Cons

    mid-level management not prepared to lead or coach junior personnel


  11. Helpful (1)

    Love the company, love the job

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've been here for over two years and I still feel new, nothing ever gets old
    Work Life Balance
    They really value your time away from work
    Career Progression
    As long as you put in the hard work, Booz will put you in many roles Government to Commercial
    Manager Planning
    They really put time into planning your career and making sure you want to take on new roles. Your role progression at Booz depends on you and how hard you work to achieve your goals. If you want to develop into an expert, you can stay in a particular field. If you want to learn many things by being on many client engagements before becoming an expert, that is available as well.

    Cons

    None - If any Cons arise, Management have always been quick to resolve them

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!



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