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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews in Rockville, MD

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
2,132 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is generally pretty good but also depends on the client you support (in 283 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 99 reviews)


Cons
  • Lots of relatively large changes over the past two years have impacted benefits and work-life balance (in 103 reviews)

  • lack of work opportunities for personal growth and promotion, too many staffing levels (in 44 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company for top notch consulting skills

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant Level II  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant Level II in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Company still struggles to keep status as top tier consulting firm

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    Current Employee - Lead Associate  in  Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good place to learn through number of training/education opportunities
    Frequent opportunities to sharpen existing skills and develop new skills through team and company events
    Occasionally there will be opportunities to land a project that fits what you are looking to do

    Cons

    The push to remain billable frequently causes employees to miss opportunities to join projects that are a better fit
    Leadership struggles to branch out from the staff augmentation/contract work at the expense of growing more strategic consulting and management consulting

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Team changes hinder staff development

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great to work with, great training, focus on work-life balance, decent pay, good variety of projects

    Cons

    Need to be a strong self advocate. HR is awful, do not expect any help from them. If your team changes a lot you can easily get lost in the shuffle and end up on projects that are not interested to you or good for your skillset or development.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company, but too much hidden politics, not transparent

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good environment, training programs, benefits, good work and life balance

    Cons

    relies too much on government budget, too much preference to people with military/government connections

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Placing people according to their background, not just expertise.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Started out Great, fell apart after they went public

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with were amazing, BAH taught me to be a flexible consultant proficient in Analysis, writing, speaking and problem solving.

    Cons

    Low Morale due to layoffs, lost contracts, lowering of pay and levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greed is gross.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall, good solid colleagues and decent opportunities to grow professionally

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Many colleagues with deep expertise in numerous areas, willing to support each other as best they can.

    Cons

    Senior leadership not always transparent about critical issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Proactively share updates on critical issues with staff as quickly as possible so they can be prepared to make decisions for themselves, rather than allowing long periods of time between updates or passing down guidance at the last minute.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Talent and attitudes of employees are poor

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    When I first started in 2011, my team and the company seemed decent. The projects were relatively interesting.

    Cons

    Pay is decent for a government contractor but not if you compare yourself to real consultants. That being said, you don't work the 60+ hrs/week consultants do so you can't really expect a consultant salary. People at BAH aren't very bright, which I think is fine so long as you don't try to convey yourself as experts in any particular topic. Unfortunately, to get ahead you do have to fib and convince your clients that you are talented and can solve their problems. The ones that are ambitious seem to have chips on their shoulder and/or napoleon complexes. They are all arrogant and think they're the cream of the crop. Yet most of them don't have the necessary technical skills you find at other companies. For example, the average BAH developer would never be able to get a job at Google and the average BAH business consultant would never get a job at McKinsey. Yet, the average BAH employee think they're better than everyone. This type of thinking makes for a tough work environment.

    The work BAH is capturing these days is all over the place. Sometimes you get very challenging work like creating new metrics to evaluate gov programs. But sometimes you get remedial work like maintaining spreadsheets and dashboards.

    Overall, I think the salary and work is decent. The people and their arrogant attitudes are what bring down the company. Management only cares about themselves and want for themselves to get promoted over helping their team out. The talent isn't all too great if you stack them up against other companies, yet they think they're the world's expert, for some odd reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing. If you want to continue to capture government work, then the average people you have working for you is fine. If you're going to try to branch out into the commercial sector, you'll need more talented people.

    Management should also try to create an environment that emphasizes humility and modesty. Unfortunately, management is arrogant so I don't see that happening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unmet career expectations/aspirations

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Potential to get involved in high-profile projects and work with smart interesting people

    Cons

    Your tenure and opportunity to work on desirable projects closely tied to who you know and/or management, rather than what you know

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to do a better job listening to less vocal staff and matching people with work relevant to their background and interests

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work for a few years to gain experience

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Consultant in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, excellent benefits, generous 401(k) contribution, work/life balance, the ability to work on projects that have an impact

    Cons

    Stodgy corporate culture, low salary compared to industry peers, difficulty to move between markets, overly beholden to shareholders (Carlyle Group), very susceptible to government budget constraints, no bonuses unless you are Senior Associate level or above

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about how the decisions you make affect employee morale before you commit to them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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