Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
2,135 Reviews
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2,135 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Immense potential for greatness, but no finger on the pulse of its deteriorating culture

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - We have a huge pool of customers that expect quality consulting and exceptional technical skill.
    - There are many resources available to employees who want to learn and grow professionally.
    - Our reputation as consultants and experts is strong in the community.
    - We are well paid and benefits are generous.

    Cons

    - Strong focus on telling customers what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear.
    - There are no mechanisms for identifying superior performers and advancing them. Apathy reigns.
    - Some of the veterans hired can't transistion from their military culture which impacts morale.
    - I talk to my career manager once a year, and I am confident that he can't help me with my problems.
    - Superior performance, customer satifaction, and results are not at the center of what we do.
    - Zero energy put forth to measure employee/team function/disfunction.
    - Management is disconnected from it employees and culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Develop quality standards that measure team performance, team communication, team satisfaction with leadership, quality of life, customer relations, and overall customer satisfaction with the team.
    - Encourage superior performance and reward accordingly. Seniority cannot be the gold standard.
    - Decide what our culture should be best remembered for: quality consulting or filling a seat.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    On a slow downward trend

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    • 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 10 years

    Pros

    Recognized 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.

    Cons

    Willing 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 ManagementAdvice

    Start 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Inside look of booz allen from a college graduate

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A great place to work

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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people and collaboration

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    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    Collaborative 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.

    Cons

    Becoming 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Enjoyable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    Good benefits, movability, Strong culture

    Cons

    Network blocking, conservative, Lack of consideration

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 16 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    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.

    Cons

    Ever 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Upward 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stick 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Solidly growing, well networked...Defense downturn

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Analyst  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

    You'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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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