Booz Allen Hamilton

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Struggling with Change

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Current Employee - Associate
Current Employee - Associate

I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    overworked and under appreciated

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Leadership fosters a culture of collaboration, networking, teamwork. Compensation is significant at leadership levels due to bonus pool.

    Cons

    work level is excessively high

    Recommends
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  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    A great learning experience in politics in the work place.

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with some very smart people at the Associate level and below; great place to work as a second career.

    Cons

    Little chance for advancement past the Associate level; very snooty and politically charged culture; business casual dress highly frowned upon; often times lots of pressure to work long hours on personal development time; no discernible career path for people without political connections.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with staff about the likelihood for career advancement. Talk with the people who will actually be performing the work before you bid on work for an accurate estimate. Stop the political spin to all employee communications -- we're smart people and we see right through it. Realize that its near impossible to be 100% billable if you are also expected to do marketing and admin duties.

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