Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-Life balance is pretty awesome (in 295 reviews)

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

Cons
  • It's challenging to find proper work/life balance (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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  1. Best Consulting Firm in the Business

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Director in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The best benefit to working for BAH is learning from other smart people. Excellent opportunities to support Federal (and now Commercial) clients in addressing complex challenges. Wide variety of interesting projects, both internal and external, and an array of professional development options are available. You get back what you put in. The is much flexibility in where and how you get the work done. Values, inclusion, and performance matter.

    Cons

    If you're not a Type A person, you may not thrive in the fast-paced environment. Extra hours are expected during surge requirements and for proposals. Depending on your level, you are always connected and will send and receive email messages on the weekend and during holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more internal and team coaching for rising managers and supervisors to support their success in dealing with their staff and teams. Hold Senior Associates and Lead Associates responsible for emotional intelligence and staff success as well as hitting revenue targets.


  2. Struggling

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    Current Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent coworkers, interesting, high impact work. Work/life balance is good. Diverse workforce, good corporate culture; bad apples not swept under the rug

    Cons

    Difficulty defining health strategy. Frequent turnover at senior levels, opaque decision making policies, cuts to benefits, and compensation below industry standards make it hard to stay.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Consultant

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Consultant in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    You can work from home, meet so many people, so many opportunities and experiences !

    Cons

    Health Insurance options are not that great.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Mixed

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Have an opportunity to work on a variety of projects. Ability to work from home. Comprehensive offering of in-house professional development resources. Surrounded by super smart people.

    Cons

    Crabs-in-a barrel mentality of some staff wanting to make a "name" for themselves by any means necessary. Those folk usually do not last long at the firm. Inconsistent application of salary. Promotion can be slow.


  6. Great environment to build a solid career in consulting

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Depending on your project good work/life balance -Autonomy -Benefits

    Cons

    -Depending on your administrative team a lot of red tape to get towards promotion -Healthcare benefits still good, but not as strong as they once were -Salary increases have declined


  7. Helpful (8)

    Continued Cuts and Lack of Direction

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Generally flexible work environment -Maternity/Paternity/Bereavement Leave -Generally talented/motivated people

    Cons

    -Benefits being cut every corner -Other company services being reduced or cut to reduce bottom line -Every decision is now done with only shareholders in mind with no care for the employees -Level 4's on up are extremely disconnected and rake in an obscene amount of $ while the employees generating the revenue are hit hard by benefits and salary cuts. -Massive attrition -Constant state of reorganization and redesign can leave you lost (not to mention all of the money spent on this) -No accountability for your career manager or the new assessment program

    Advice to Management

    -Actually acknowledge that Level 3.5s and below exist. Realize your inflated salary is only kept intact from their dwindling benefits and compensation -Realize that all your business decisions that barely put a dent in your pocketbook greatly affect the majority employees trying to make a living in one of the most expensive cities in the country -Stop wasting tons of money reorganizing the firm every year


  8. Nice Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great about training and education

    Cons

    depends on contract, if you spend most of your time on client site, it is hard to put in extra hours to deal with company outings


  9. Helpful (1)

    It is an alright company.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant Developer in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Consultant Developer in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pros are that salary and benefits. You may be on a small team, so you can get to know everyone. Free coffee and water.

    Cons

    Unstable. Your team may lose the contract. No training for fresh graduates.

    Advice to Management

    Add training for new employees.


  10. Great company for top notch consulting skills

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits, although they have changed are still great! You meet and have an opportunity to learn how to be the best. You will learn how to successfully manage client expectations and manage.

    Cons

    It can be somewhat challenging to get ahead, but with the right positioning and leadership that believes in you, you can achieve great success. Not necessarily a place you will retire from.

    Advice to Management

    The assessment process is a joke and a waste of time.


  11. Good introduction to corporate management consulting, but too many contractor assignments

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant Level II in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant Level II in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Energetic and dedicated colleagues Split management - project managers do not control your career advancement Great way to experience government offices without going through government hiring and at a much better pay rate

    Cons

    Most positions are contracting assignments where you fill a standard role within a government organization (not consulting to solve specific problems and then moving on to the next client) Pressure to be billable seemed to be ever increasing



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