Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
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  1. A firm that treats it's employees like people and not numbers on a spreadsheet

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Still considered to be "new" with the firm having been here only two years, however they have been a good two years. The managers I have been in contact with care about their staff and work to make sure you feel valued in the organization. In my two years I have worked with three separate clients making work always interesting with changing scenery. The benefits are better than what I was getting with my previous employer. Some other reviews might talk about how the firm isn't what it used to be, but being new I don't have a negative outlook on how the firm is changing. There are lots of opportunities to learn new skills and to enhance the skills you already have. They offer an annual training budget you can use for certifications or other professional courses.

    Cons

    In the two years i have worked here I have worked for three separate clients. Although this keeps the work interesting and new, it is also a little concerning at the end of each contract to see where you will be placed or if you will be laid off. I spend a couple months not working at a client site when my contract expired but the firm kept me on and got me placed with a new client.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Adjust to life of government work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Financially sound, sense of direction for the company, strong culture.

    Cons

    Strange dynamic to success, you must "sell" yourself and your accomplishments (real or imagined) to everyone you meet. As essentially a government staffer of sorts, you must acclimate to working on projects that waste truly epic amounts of (taxpayer) money. Progress moves at geologic pace. If you like a typical corporate environment that is fast paced and results driven, be ready to be happy to just work "in the system" and derive enough value from that process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Booz Allen From the Inside

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great collaborative culture with many tools at your disposal. Helpful colleagues with no fear of retaliation if you know what you are talking about.

    Cons

    Getting recognition if your management is not with you. Working lots of hours to get ahead. Very business based but they are trying to change that. Federal space is not what it once was an salaries are being squeezed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your money where your mouth is. Pay technical SMEs to keep them without forcing them to develop business plans or spend too many hours on proposals or looking for proposals to participate in. Realign teams to help management focus on the people they lead. Make salaries of function of cost of living. Pay should be the same in Washington D.C. and San diego since cost of living is the same.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 8 people found this helpful

    People seem to be impressed if you have worked there; that is probably the best thing this company has to offer.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    People recognize the company as being a top tier consulting firm. Many different opportunities and the firm does help the transition from one project to the next.

    Cons

    Essentially employees are highly paid interns. The opportunities for promotion and merit raises are minimal and the company experience depends tremendously on the individual team and the client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of expertise and talent is wasted on low level positions that don't allow for opportunities to shine.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    BAH has been good to me for 4+ years, but I NEED a change in direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant Level II in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant Level II in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    name brand recognition, large company = large network, government work is extremely relaxing at times (which can also be a con) so doesn't really have the high stress consulting vibe, work life balance is actually pretty amazing as you never need to bring your work home after you put in your 40 hours

    Cons

    large rift between senior management and lower level consultants, slow career advancement, generally lower salaries + minimal yearly salary raises, near impossible to advance through the company without putting in 10+ years, seems like company is having a hard time retaining top young (<30) talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    even though you are a 100 year old company, you don't have to be set in 100 year old traditions. look at what other progressive companies are doing today to retain their young talent, because many many people are looking to get out

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Good learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Runs like a well-oiled machine, well-organized. The benefits are decent, pay decent, although the days of lavish parties and generous compensations are gone. Company touts work-life balance, but depending on your manager, it can be like pulling teeth to be able to work from home if needed.

    Cons

    Booz has a stellar reputation, however, the company has been trying to rest on those laurels and not necessarily adjusting to new realities of a cash-strapped government. Leadership is somewhat out of touch and the direction of the company is constantly changing--feeling a little chaotic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in tune with where the government is at now, adjust, and let go of what the company used to be.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Booz Allen Hamilton

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of upward potential. I work with great people, and have lots of opportunity.

    Cons

    We function of contract, if there is no funding then people get laid off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    One of the Best in the Government Professional Services Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Bright and motivated colleagues. Well-established in the firm's industry with a broad business base. Employees have a high degree of autonomy. Employees have an extraordinarily high level of mentoring opportunities. Excellent benefits including education (which is highly encouraged).

    Cons

    Used to be a much better place to work before going public. Strongly dependent upon a narrow market (Government professional services) and vulnerable to changes in political winds. The Government market is cycling downward (in 2014), which is reducing job opportunities and pay. Senior staff are having a high degree of difficulty staying employed due to cost constraints imposed by the Government customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to put more effort into retaining experienced staff in order to be positioned to prosper in the future up-cycle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Once was a great place to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    The people are great and fun to work with. The mentoring is the best I have ever seen within a company.

    Cons

    Lots of downsizing due to going public a couple of years ago. There have been several layoffs and people are paranoid. Salaries are now low due to budget cuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider more promotions and better salary increases to retain talent. The loss of office space is difficult for employees and causing dissension.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful

    Going Public: Bad Idea in 1970, Catastrophic in 2010

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Once upon a time, there were pros. Not any more.

    Cons

    I was a relatively old hand when Booz went public in 2010. What transpired after that was a series of miscues that have damaged the company brand, perhaps fatally. The company's focus moved from client service to marketing and cost containment. Booz hired a bunch of new staff--and promptly had to let them go because they didn't have work for them. Brilliant move.

    Existing employees deemed "too expensive" were targeted for adverse performance assessments on grounds that ranged from absurd to surreal. Meanwhile, those that did bring in work were allowed to practically get away with murder--until they lost their golden touch, whereupon Booz revived all of the negative comments from their performance review and used that as justification for terminating them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go, hat in hand, back to Booz & Company and arrange for them to buy back the firm. Either that or have an updated Chapter 11 filing ready to go. You have to be worth a high multiple to charge that much. Newsflash: you've systematically destroyed the value proposition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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