Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Horacio D. Rozanski
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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. Helpful (7)

    Lead Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    I consistently feel like I work with the best and brightest. The diversity of employee backgrounds brings rich value to project work and to the client. If you need to augment your team's skill set with something else, you will absolutely find it either through your network or resource management. I also consistently feel that the work we do is making an impact.

    Cons

    The company has changed a great deal since going public a few years ago. Pressures on utilization have increased greatly - the amount of people getting a "lack of work" notice has increased. People are not given adequate credit for all of the extra proposal/BD work they do on top of billable work... the pressure to be billable is higher, yet the expectation to do BD work "in your free time" remains the same. This makes work/life balance challenging at times. Additionally, the higher you are promoted, the more "expensive" you become... which makes it harder to stay billable (you will no longer be considered for certain roles, given your cost as a resource). It seems a strategy to pressure senior leaders to grow their teams, if we are over-hiring then letting people go a few months later. Benefits have changed dramatically for the worse and pay increases are nowhere near what they used to be. The retirement plan and healthcare benefits are MUCH worse than they used to be (albeit still better than many other firms.) You will be lucky if you get a 2% increase, so it does not keep pace with inflation certainly. There are no bonuses. The firm is an extremely political place to work. Your success is highly dependent on having a strong set of advocates and a big network. There are many overlapping "sandboxes," so you must be careful not to anger the wrong group of people.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider your hiring strategy - stop over-forecasting growth, expecting senior leaders to aggressively hire, and setting them up to fire people a few months down the road because they can't find project work. It is demoralizing to the entire firm. Maintain parity across accounts in pay ranges to avoid the perception of unfaireness.


  2. 7 Year Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    I worked for BAH for 7 years after retirement from the military. I found them to be a very good company. The had a great 401K, until they went public. It is not merely good.T

    Cons

    The company went public and now it is even more concerned with the bottom line. Whereas before they had very much a humanistic view of their employees, they are not more concerned with the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Go private again, you were much better then.


  3. Lead Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

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

    Pros

    Variety of projects, diversity, elite culture

    Cons

    Lack of technical path for senior positions.


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  5. Good overall, lower pay

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Current contract is flexible, though this varies from contract to contract; enjoy the team I work with, everyone keeps you on your game - no resting on your laurels; decent resources

    Cons

    Pay is not on par with the rest of the industry; unsure of whether pay is actually commensurate with that of my peers even in Booz Allen, with similar functional experience/level of experience

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with salary and other benefits


  6. Helpful (4)

    Lead Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Clients and mission areas are interesting. Company is helpful and supportive when desiring to move within the organization. Colleagues are pretty great.

    Cons

    The work/life balance is tough, particularly with proposal efforts ontop of regular job duties. In 2015 Booz Allen's healthcare plans changed for the worse.

    Advice to Management

    Recommend getting the company back to the culture and work environment that it was once known for. Ever since the company went public, employee benefits and compensations went downhill.


  7. Thrilling Internship

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    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    From the beginning you're given challenging, meaningful tasks that add value to the company itself and its clients in some way or another.

    Cons

    Time reporting is tedious, so be watch your schedule.

    Advice to Management

    N/A; it's a well-run operation.


  8. Great People to Work With

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    People are great to work with. Everyone is smart, hard-working, kind. The firms fosters a very collegial atmosphere and everyone is always willing to lend a helping hand.

    Cons

    Project work leaves much to be desired. They don't always match people to projects that suit their experience and interests. They put people where they need them and staff doesn't often have much say in the matter.


  9. Enterprise Support PM

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    Current Employee - Lead Associate (Project Manager) in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Associate (Project Manager) in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wide variety of projects offer excellent experience. Many talented professionals to work with Trusting, flexible environment Firm is trying to change from long-standing, conservative culture

    Cons

    Politics abound with the firmly established job levels Some people are 'coasting' (like anywhere else)


  10. Working for Booz

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harpers Ferry, WV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harpers Ferry, WV

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, lots of opportunity for advancement for career oriented staff.

    Cons

    Must be an outspoken person or you will bet passed over.


  11. Fairly Good

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of good projects. Some smart people. Generally nice atmosphere. DC office is a good place to work.

    Cons

    Hard to get to know people now because everyone is in different locations. Need to do a lot of networking to get the most out of it.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the exceptional contributors. Needs to be a way of giving people what they deserve without having to negotiate.



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