Booz Allen Hamilton
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www.boozallen.com McLean, VA 5000+ Employees

Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Jun 26, 2014
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3.4 273 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

Booz Allen Hamilton Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Shrader

Ralph W. Shrader

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72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    I have worked at Booz Allen for three years and had great opportunity to engage in internal capability development.

    Lead Associate (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsPeople are very high quality and the firm has great flexible working arrangements.

    ConsA lot of changes over the last couple of years have resulted in the firm no longer being able to carry people on non-client work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe frank with employees about their "fit" at Booz Allen.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good place for an average Joe

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsStability
    Friendly people
    Social culture
    Some training opportunities
    Good history with federal clients

    ConsLow salary growth
    Repetitive, dull contracting work
    Conservative, risk-averse culture (perhaps driven by stock price)
    Opportunities limited to Washington, DC area
    Poor management of opportunities for employees (you have to fight to get on a project)

    Advice to Senior Managementgive employees an incentive to achieve; be honest about the work people are getting into
    promotions are based on relationships to team and not necessarily on job performance (although that is a component); if you are looking for a consulting experience akin to a big 3 (top performers, exposure to a wide variety of businesses, solving exciting business problems) this is not the place for you

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Washington, DC

    ProsGreat place to grow your career

    ConsNot many team building events or to make you feel like you are a part of a company

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    Lots of changes in the past few years...

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe team I work with is top-notch. Everyone is extremely smart and very motivated to do quality work. The work-life balance aspects of the job are pretty well-respected and my senior manager has been a great advocate for me during my tenure here.

    ConsThe past several years have seen some not-so-great changes to the firm I joined nearly 7 years ago. Everything seems to be governed by cost these days and with contracts becoming harder and harder to win, the "Booz Allen" quality vs quantity equation doesn't seem to be working out. I used to consider myself an employee of the firm first, and a contractor second. Not anymore...

    Advice to Senior ManagementRethink the way you communicate major team decisions to lower and middle range employees; be up front about the total change in policy regarding no "beach" anymore since that has come as a total surprise.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Less competitive pay, but flexibility goes a long way

    Associate (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGreat values, benefits, training, and work-life balance - particularly if you firmly make it a priority. Many jobs require no travel. Some bright and wonderful people.

    ConsLess competitive salary for the industry, limited control over project assignments. Some dead weight on staff since there is not an "up or out" mentality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a separate business development team for proposal work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to expand skills, build a network and do meaningful work

    Lead Associate (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsBooz Allen stresses the importance of delivering the highest quality both in the products produced for clients and in day to day client interactions. The compensation is fair and promotions up to the Associate levels are within the reach of anyone willing to work hard.

    ConsIf you want a job the work-life balance is reasonable, if you want a career then it is work-work, not work-life. There are big differences in how teams operate within Booz Allen, so it is more like a lot of little companies within the company, this can be difficult for new employees to determine if their concerns are the company or the team they are assigned.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe need to have a way to make decisions faster, push decision making down to the lowest level possible.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great opportunities but you need to make your own way

    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    Prosworking with talented people and doing interesting work. if you find the right mentor you can do very well

    Conscorporate policy and processes are constantly changing.

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep connected to the day to day issues of your middle managers. too much time is spent on corporate reporting and "managing the business" and all of this time is not billable to the client. we can't bill internally either so we don't report it and just "suck it up"

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent company, excellent teamwork environment.

    Senior Program Manager (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsTeamwork is highly encouraged. Personnel are highly professional and the work environment was very conducive to customer support efforts.

    ConsUpward mobility was limited. Resource allocation for customer support could have been better managed.

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    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    2 years with the firm and so far, so good

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsCulture: The firm and my management team really care about my work-life balance. I rarely have to work past 7pm or on weekends. Also, since we have 360 degree reviews, upper management treats junior consultants pretty well.

    Training: The firm offers many opportunities for training both in classrooms and online.

    Resources: Given the firm's size (25,000+ people), consultants can email functional communities for help with client questions and firm data

    ConsCulture: Limited interactions with people outside of your project team--Employees have to make more of an effort to network within Booz Allen since we often work on client site and barely make it to a BAH office.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more opportunities for staff to network within the firm.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Venerable company struggling with transition

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe most dedicated professionals in the government consulting industry. A real pleasure to work around top caliber people motivated by the mission. And ethics still mean something here.

    ConsHistorically, Booz Allen always paid less but the opportunity to work under great leadership and pursue a career here made up for that. The new value proposition has the job (and career) ending with the contract for more and more people, making Booz Allen too much like its higher-paying competitors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership seems to have trouble enunciating a vision and executing against it. Major firm-wide policies are rolled out and then quietly abandoned 6 months later. Senior leadership should focus more energy on firming up client connections.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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