Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated Jun 24, 2014
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3.4 51 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

Booz Allen Hamilton Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Shrader

Ralph W. Shrader

(37 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is generally pretty good but also depends on the client you support(in 281 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters(in 98 reviews)


Cons
  • Lots of relatively large changes over the past two years have impacted benefits and work-life balance(in 102 reviews)

  • lack of work opportunities for personal growth and promotion, too many staffing levels(in 43 reviews)

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    8 people found this helpful  

    On a slow downward trend

    Associate (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsRecognized as an industry leader (they invented the PERT chart), had incredibly dedicated client-facing employees, diverse range of clients give lots of opportunity for interesting work, generous 401K.

    ConsWilling to tolerate abusive clients for far too long.
    Post-IPO management occasionally has a really bad idea (Take Share was the worst), runs with it for too long, then overcompensates to correct their mistake--the client-facing employees pay for management's sins.
    Have come down with credentialitis--more focused on what you are (PMP, CCIE, MBA, etc) v. who you are.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart updating resumes and talking nice to Booz & Co., because they're probably going to buy back BAH at fire sale prices in a couple years. If you don't want to do that, focus on delivering quality work for the client. That's how you get long-term growth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Inside look of booz allen from a college graduate

    Consultant (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    Pros-good place to jump start your career
    -good resume builder
    -work/life balance until you hit associate or higher
    -great benefits

    Cons-culture is too military driven
    -more client culture if you work at client site
    -not a very entreprenerial environment (especially if you are a young guy)
    -most people working there are ex-military in their 30s-50s
    -work gets stale and stagnant

    Advice to Senior Management-not really much advice, maybe bring in more younger guys or have them in same group

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place to work

    Associate (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsBooz Allen is company filled with intelligent, professional, hardworking people; the people are what make this company great.

    ConsAs a government consulting firm Booz Allen can often be at the whim of decisions made for purely political reason that affect business.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people and collaboration

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsCollaborative Teams with an opportunity to make a difference in clients' programs. Ability to show your true capabilities and be recognized as an expert or leader.

    ConsBecoming less of a consulting firm and more of a run of the mill staff augmentation company serving the gov't. More staff are placed into gov't staff roles in various facilities around the county. Makes it difficult to really identify oneself with Booz Allen when they spend most if not all time at a client site.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Enjoyable

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsGood benefits, movability, Strong culture

    ConsNetwork blocking, conservative, Lack of consideration

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great experience, especially back in the day. Things have gotten worse over time.

    Associate (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    Pros-Great amount of respect is given to employees
    -Great Flexibility and time/work life balance
    -Amazing 401k free bonus
    -Can change what you do without changing your job if you're tired of doing it, bored, unhappy, underwater -etc as long as you handle it right

    If you can get a Job at BAH consider yourself very lucky. It is an amazing resume builder and you will learn a LOT about proposals, business development, professionalism, productivity, etc. especially if you're right out of college.

    ConsEver since their purchase by Carlyle there have been little changes adding up to a big problem. There is a serious vacuum formed by the decisions of management to enslave themselves to quarterly profit reports. The company culture used to be very people-centric; they knew they didn't sell widgets, only people's time and invested in it. People didn't come to BAH to learn, they brought skills and experience that could deliver (for the most part).

    For the last 3 years, they have been trying to emulate CSC/SAIC/ManTech and just put butts in the seat. They are so focused on reducing costs to the government to be more competitive against more 'value' contractors that they are turning into them. It's a slow march to mediocrity. The truly dedicated and talented who are still around are stressed to hell trying to carry the water for 5 underlings right out of college with no experience in the field (or anywhere). Every veteran lost increases the size of the vacuum, but there are no acquisitions or senior strategic hires to fill the void; instead they just stretch whatever is left which is just accelerating the drain.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to start

    Associate (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsWilling to take young inexperienced grads and train them. PTO is generous. Government sector work is 9 to 5 and pretty chill.

    ConsUpward mobility past associate/ lead associate level is limited. Pretty much have to wait for someone to leave the firm to make the jump. Lots of administrative burden comes with higher management positions. You lose exposure to functional area expertise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStick to it's claim that it is a flexible work environment. If clients want you to work compressed work week schedule, the firm should support those requests.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very professional and collegial environment with opportunities for various different careers if desired

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsLeadership cares about the staff, there are multiple career paths, and even as the company has grown it has maintained an entrepreneurial environment.

    ConsAs the company has grown there has been an increasing communications gap. In prior years it was very much the feel f a partnership, has been trending towards more of a traditional corporate environment lately.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't forget that the company's sole product is knowledge and expertise of individual people; as decisions need to be made the staff need to get clearer reasons why choices are made to be able to buy into the vision.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Solidly growing, well networked...Defense downturn

    Management Consulting Analyst (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsAs a management services company, to be an employee of the Firm of Booz Allen Hamilton is a real feather in the cap. Booz Allen is on the cutting edge of client consulting, with a nearly 100 year history. BAH coined the term "consultant." The management has strong leadership capability, with a lot of former military officers holding those positions. That's a pro for good management, and possibly a con for breaking in. Advanced degrees are common and a boost getting in. Training opportunities within the Firm are good. Proposals are bread and butter to your career, so get involved somehow.
    ~ The office environment is top notch - great building, great area...nice lobby and frontage area.
    ~ Great technology support. 24/7 helpdesk by phone or remote into your computer. Good people on site when you have to take your computer in (everyone gets a laptop).
    ~ 360 degree assessment process is the most fair. Your assessment doesn't totally depend on your relationship to one person--your manager.
    ~ Client environment is close

    Cons~ Management is heavy on the prior military officers.
    ~ Proposal time has to be accounted for and goes against overhead, so small tiger teams are put together and time is managed closely. Volunteering is harder than it used to be.
    ~ Client environment is SPAWAR primarily. Very little commercial work as of the time of my departure.
    ~ Many employees have to work at the Old Town SPAWAR "campus." That's a whole 'nother story.
    ~ And this is the biggie--Defense work is getting more and more hard to find. Price competition seems to be forcing the hiring of younger workers for lower rates. Therefore the true role of consultant may be waning and giving way once again to services alone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou're doing a good job of getting the Firm through hard times of Defense reductions. Go commercial. Go medical, as you're starting to do. Stick with the 360 degree assessment if you can figure a way to make it less consumptive of time. Check out online tools and services for conduct of them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great benefits, senior management, and work-life balance

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    Pros1.) The people you'll work with are incredibly bright, perceptive, and forward-leaning to get the job done
    2.) The benefit packages are outstanding. I don't think you'll be able to find a better 401-k matching program most other plances
    3.) As a Senior Consultant, the work-life balance is great. However, as you go up past Associate, expectations for work load are much higher.
    4.) Very veteran friendly organization. Many of its employees are military veteran's, so they greatly respect your previous service and any current service if you are a Reservist. As a Reservist myself, I have had the flexibility to perform as much as I needed to without flashback from Booz Allen as an employer. That flexibility was outstanding!

    ConsThe only con is that it can be very slow to advance depending on your situation. If you are in a position where you can help bring in a lot of business, then things will move faster for you. If not, it can feel a little stagnant promotion-wise if you're in a position where it's difficult to find our build work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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