Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
2,285 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is generally pretty good but also depends on the client you support (in 295 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 106 reviews)


Cons
  • The Work Life Balance that it promises is often not the reality (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.  

    Pretty Good But Not Great

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Booz Allen was a great company for the most part. They encouraged corporate training opportunities, there were lots of networking opportunities, and there were usually enough projects available to stay billable to a client.

    Cons

    While I was at Booz Allen, it was obviously a company in transition. After expanding perhaps too much, the company was unable to maintain all of its employees, and began enforcing stricter rules regarding being "on the beach" and not billable to a client project. Sometimes managers were unable or unwilling to help place their folks on projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your people -- this was one of the most important aspects of Booz Allen that should not go away. The 360 Review was sometimes a bit cumbersome or opaque, but overall I think the rigor was worth it. Continue with some sort of detailed review process similar to this.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Senior Consultant in Communications based in Washington, DC.

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    Current Employee - Senior Communications Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Communications Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, work from home flexibility, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Lower salary than other firms, many mid-level managers makes it hard to move up from entry level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Loss of focus

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you are good at sales and marketing you can advance quickly.

    Cons

    Technical people are not valued and there is no recognition for excellent client service and delivery

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are completely disconnected from your staff and the rest of the company. Get back to focusing on your people and running the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Have met some very smart people during my tenure. The firm offered a variety of work experiences, mostly at client-site, and personal growth. It makes a huge difference if your career manager really knows who you are.

    Cons

    Found it challenging to move from one short-term project to another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seem to be a lot of short-term and not enough longer-term projects available. It makes things harder when someone does not have a security clearance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Make sure you come in at the right level

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    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    A good place for a short time, could be a good stepping stone for some.

    Cons

    Very difficult to make it to the next level.

    Compensation is not as good as competitors

    Once you join the firm, you have to start the job hunting process all over again to get placed on a project.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    good people, interesting work, learn something new every day

    Cons

    working on client site, and having difficult clients

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great resume builder

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Depth and breadth of experience
    Strong introduction to business world
    Helps you learn your strengths and weaknesses
    Make your own path to leadership and management positions

    Cons

    Must be into sales and contract negotiations if you want to survive and move up in the firm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 35 people found this helpful  

    Working for Booz PRE-Carlyle Buy-Out

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    You felt like you were one of the elite; working for one of the best companies in the market, a company that was very selective about who it hired. The compensation was fair. The benefits were awesome - especially the 401K and training. Leadership knew you and you knew leadership. Career development was the mantra for taking care of staff. The annual assessments were constructive and critical; there might be some hard pills to swallow in the debrief but the information was typically spot-on and was meant to help you grow as a professional.

    Cons

    Seemed as if climbing the ladder above Senior Associate required someone to retire, die, and/or have testicles - and it required breakfast, lunch, and dinner meetings on a regular basis to "socialize" your career progression. Many of the social events included drinking or golf - what if you didn't like those? They did have a part time track for work-life balance, but that usually meant earning 75% of your prior pay for the ability to answer emails and requests from home and your workload didn't seem to diminish. I fault the very senior leadership for selling out to Carlyle and ruining what had been a great company. Principals and Senior Associates asked if they could buy company stock to help raise money for the "Booz & Company" folks who wanted out of Booz Allen Hamilton and we were told NO. Bad decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From what I hear, Booz is now just another Beltway Bandit. P&L are taking precedence over quality deliver and quality staff care because the "P" is expected to be much larger than it had been in the past. To regain the reputation of old, refocus on staff care and quality delivery. Lose the multiple layers of management and "bean counting" that takes staff away from client delivery.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    No job growth, all politics

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    I believe working in a corporate environment was the only added benefit, to learn how to work within a large company context

    Cons

    Company moral and respect for employees low; lack of employee diversity; no job growth opportunities; experienced discriminatory language from senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder to understand employee needs and growth expectations and make opportunities for growth and professional development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Consultant

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities, smart employees, experienced managers, great name

    Cons

    Work-life balance isn't optimal, tendency to get pigeon-holed in certain projects, very political, lots of egos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dedicated more time fostering employees interests and aligning skillsets with projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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