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Helpful (4)

Struggling with Change

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Associate
Current Employee - Associate
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Booz Allen has great people working for it. They really go out of their way to take care of each other both personally and professionally. It is refreshing to see that most of them put the client first in their work and normally let the quality of their work stand as the reason a client should hire them for future work. Great opportunities for professional development if you can be disciplined and set aside the time to do it. Extensive internal training resources and $5k available for external training and tuition assistance

Cons

Booz Allen seems to be struggling with change...changing from a private to public firm and also the changes that are occurring in government spending. Prior these two events, employees, with few exceptions, were able to completely focus on giving 100 percent and more to the client. However, today with financial pressures of being public and fewer government dollars to go around, new work is becoming more and more difficult to capture, leaving many employees on the bench waiting for new work to come. In the past, this wasn't a big deal, but today employee time on the bench is finite and lack of work (LOW) letters are getting issued much more quickly and frequently...no billable work means you may have to find new employment with another company. This is also having a partial effect on projects the start getting close to completion. Instead of being completely focused on the work, employees are starting to worry more and more about whether or not they will be able to get assigned billable work after their current project wraps up. This, in my opinion, can distract employees from the work that they should be focused on. This isn't anything new to the consulting world, but it is new to this company and may lead to problems down the road if not handled properly. It would really be unfortunate if this great company loses the ability to differentiate itself from its competitors...which is its people and their ability to alway put the client's interest first

Advice to Management

There really needs to be more effective communication firm-wide about the lack of billable work for some areas of the firm and what the firm is doing to help it overcome these difficult situations.

Other Employee Reviews for Booz Allen Hamilton

  1. Helpful (1)

    Great company once you hit the ground running

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have found the work life balance to be very fair if that is a priority. Managers have been very accommodating for my desire to pursue philanthropic and volunteer efforts even if during company hours.

    Cons

    Not a place to work for if you are not flexible when first joining. Have to be proactive in some situations to find a billable project.


  2. Helpful (8)

    Looks good on the outside, overly political and lack of concern for the people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Associate
    Current Employee - Lead Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, access to smart people, very good learning and dev programs, opportunity for growth--to a point

    Cons

    Most people will say that since going public, the culture has changed. Focus on staffing and bill ability has always been there though (at least in the last 5 years). Success requires being very politically astute, not questioning mgmt decisions, being billable and being available to work at all hours. Senior management is not really interested, and will not take action, on the feedback of its people. if you're not good at either schmoozing your way to the top, and/or working non-stop, don't plan to make a career with 'The Firm'. Known for lowballing salaries. Work-life balance is an issue at all levels.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what employees are telling you and take action. Making everyone feel like a commodity to be bought, sold and disposed of is not a smart long term plan. There are incredibly smart people who are leaving in record numbers--pay attention.


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