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Overall, I enjoyed working for Booz Allen.

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Former Employee - Associate  in  Leavenworth, KS
Former Employee - Associate in Leavenworth, KS

I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

Pros

Work was challenging and gratifying; some of my colleagues have been knowledgeable and articulate professionals who were a pleasure to work with; most of the clients I have collaborated with became and remain personal friends.

Cons

An uninvolved and estranged ‘leadership’ that distances itself from the staff. An almost abject lack of communications; information is pulled by, not pushed to, the people who are most affected by the changes in the business landscape. Functional incompetents squelch the contributions of more functionally expert employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Return to the egalitarian, collaborative, collegial, and cooperative culture of years past. Accept subordinates' considered opinion regardless of ‘rank’ within the company.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good Place to Work, For the Most Part...

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Interesting work assignments

    High-quality co-workers

    Excellent reputation as top employer in DC area

    Decent private sector benefits package

    Supportive management

    Fair assessment methodologies

    Core Values

    Ample opportunities for training and professional growth

    Flexible work schedules are available (i.e., telework, remote client support) depending on project

    Greater emphasis on innovation and outside-the-box thinking than other employers

    Good food in the Greensboro Cafe in McLean

    Cons

    We're becoming the new SAIC - growing pains due to going public

    Lots of room for improvement for security clearance/visit request processing

    We have to change our email password every month now, and it's annoying

    Internal social networks (Hello, Yammer) are not fully utilized and often impossible to use on client site

    You could get stuck on a project with bad clients for years; lateral movement within the firm, particularly different markets, has become more challenging over the years

    Dispersed work environments can be detrimental to collaboration, morale

    "Hoteling" has eliminated the office cultures that once existed at Booz Allen - good luck if you come in as a Consultant and you don't see/talk to your Career Manager more than once every quarter

    Disconnects often occur between client-site staff and non-client-site staff

    Oftentimes, rigid management bureaucracy exists when they tout a "matrixed" environment

    Entry-level staff perceived more and more as a "butt in seat" or "cheap labor" to help the contract profitability, rather than a valuable asset to Booz Allen's future

    Need for "owning a market" to get promoted past Associate - becoming much harder to do in an era of government belt-tightening. Booz Allen has developed a "belt" system to recognize technical abilities, and even it focuses too much on business development, marketing, and recruiting

    Pay is generally good, but I've met many folks hustling constantly to support clients when they get paid 10K less than a GS-13 who surfs the web all day, and the requirements/skills needed to support their missions increases each year

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid, for a defense contractor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    - Flexibility for movement within the firm
    - Great benefits for a contractor
    - Unlikely to get sacked just for losing contracts...the firm actually realises their capital is in their field consultants

    Cons

    - Little respect from senior leadership for rank-and-file's technical ability
    - A mentality of placing retired military in identical positions in the Firm, without regard for their ability to perform in such roles
    - Despite recent cuts, maintains a huge support staff unresponsive to consultants in the field

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management shouldn't make the mistake of evolving into the average defense contractor. There is room for growth in the private sector, but the Firm's career miltiary personnel might not be able to take advantage of it.

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