Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated June 25, 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. A firm that treats it's employees like people and not numbers on a spreadsheet

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Love who I work with- wish I was paid fairly

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Resources - Good Academics programs (but you have to stay for 3 years after the start of each class or pay everything back in full) - great coworkers/ people to work with - lots of learning and resources - a ton of free training

    Cons

    Benefits are on the decline, getting promoted is politics and they offer you barely any increase- if you don't know your career manager or senior associate well then you have to work really really hard to get a promotion

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employees- stop getting rid of benefits and decreasing salaries- management keeps asking why the average person stays 2-3 years? Money. It's borderline insulting- and unrealistic for living in California - it would be nice to start a family or be able to rent an apartment without having at least 2 roommates but that's not possible working here


  3. Helpful (1)

    Going downhill

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company has a solid reputation, market footprint

    Cons

    You are just a number, extremely difficult to move between teams, very political, a boys' club, benefits changed and terrible insurance now

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees equally


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Depends what department you work in

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer/Data Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer/Data Analyst in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Very laid back environment. you can come in whenever as long as you complete your 8 hours. and attend meetings

    Cons

    I worked for the SIG and our department went down fast people were leaving and quitting and getting let go for the lack of work. The life of contractor. and your career route could not go the way you want it to. they are going to direct in the area in which you are needed not exactly what you want to focus on. and sometimes youll find yourself without work


  6. Helpful (3)

    Adjust to life of government work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  7. Booz Allen From the Inside

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (8)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (4)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  10. Good learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Booz Allen Hamilton

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.



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