Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
2,409 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.  

    Good learning experience

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    • 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 for 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 for 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
  3.  

    Booz Allen Hamilton

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    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 for 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the Best in the Government Professional Services Industry

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    • Senior Management
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    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 for 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
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Going Public: Bad Idea in 1970, Catastrophic in 2010

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for 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
  7.  

    Booz Allen

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    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent working hours and good benefits.

    Cons

    Work can be less than challenging. Essentially, you are paid interns for the government vice actual consultants in my opinion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Once was a great place to be

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for 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
  9.  

    Collaborative working environment

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

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

    Pros

    Career managers care about your career first. Reach back to internal resources is ALWAYS available. Training is authorized by managers. Client satisfaction is the end goal. Very very professional staff. Love the culture. Moral is always high even when going through contract loss. VPs truly have an open door policy. Great company to work for!

    Cons

    Hard to break into industry/company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice. You truly care about the people/company and it really shows.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, decent salary

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow and learn

    Cons

    Demanding work ethic from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More perks to go with your plus 40 hour week demands

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tough times for government contractors

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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Solid work life balance, name brand company

    Cons

    declining and awkward culture with employees "hoteling" vice having there own office space. lack of direction in light of government slowdown in contract work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    come to terms with the fact that Booz in no longer a firm with unique intellectual capital, they are a corporation and only seek to maximize shareholder value (aka Carlyle group)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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