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Booz Allen is filled with opportunity and smart people, it can be a challenging place to work

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Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Rockville, MD
Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Rockville, MD

Pros

There is quite bit of emphasis placed on professional development. Additionally, there are opportunities to work on a wide range of projects spanning several disciplines. There is no need to languish on a project for years.

Cons

It is all government consulting, all of it. Everything is done within the context of government beauracracy, so agility and out of the box thinking aren't necessarily assets.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Rethink hoteling, it isn't set up to be very efficient

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Booz Allen: You might want to pass this one by

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA

    Pros

    Most fantastic colleagues I ever worked with (30+ years)
    Nice place to "be from"
    Good opportunity to meet and work with stimulating government clients
    For relatively senior staff, benefits package is good and for those +55, 401K vesting is instant

    Cons

    There's "no there there" anyomore. IPO is slowly strangling the culture = quality of working life
    Most incompenent first line managers I have ever experienced; worse than government...and
    Booz Allen ALWAYS backs them up
    Annual assessment project does not do what it purports: for a tiny raise they want a perfect human being; assessments focus far more on the negative than positive.
    Booz is fairly expensive for clients now in this pricet-sensitive environment, leading to techtonic turnover in contractors--and availability of positions for staff
    Booz is shedding senior (more expensive) people in favor of junior (cheaper) hires
    Probably still good if you are young and command a relatively low salary, but otherwise, avoid it or expect to receive the disappointment of your life
    Utilization (100% funding) isn't the most important criterion for tenure, raises, and promotion, it is the ONLY criterion. Don't believe whatever else the recruiter tells you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach: Booz Allen is steller on every criterion of diversity except constructive dissent. You are hemmoraghing talented people and your hard earned reputation is being degraded by internal decisions. You can finesse that for a while but what is happening inside Booz Allen is no secret--look at the recent shift in Glass Door ratings; watch what the stock analysts are saying. Return to a focus on quality over quantity and you MAY have a chance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Some good, some bad with BAH in greater St. Louis

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    You can skate by if you're in the in crowd and/or good ol' boys' network. And some people who can work the system can get time off for family issues, but for the most part, it's a 8-5 grind.
    They have lots of employee get-togethers, social gatherings and events. But frankly, I'd rather have more pay than have this stuff.
    The pay wasn't terrible. But only senior associates and above get bonuses. The 401k is less than average. You work there for over a year and then in Feb or Mar they put a few thousand dollars in one lump payment (no dollar cost averaging, etc.) - and that vests over 5 years.

    Cons

    If you decline health benefits (stay on your spouse's) they won't pay you a compensatory payment, as is customary at other companies. It is of great advantage to BAH to not have an employee on their health insurance, and so they should pay these employees a little bit of money for declining the insurance.

    I saw disinterested, detached, sometimes aloof senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more diversity at the clients in southwestern Illinois. Need to shake up the senior associates, and do something to stop the bias for former military, and get more people who have strong technology backgrounds.

    It's a disincentive to see senior associates get bonuses when it's the worker bees doing all the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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