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Positive experience, great place to start a career

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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 3 years)

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Intelligent co-workers, many leadership opportunities

Cons

changing culture since IPO, employee welfare less of a concern at partner level than it once was

Advice to Management

need to re-connect with employees

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Mundane and Brain dead work

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    Former Employee - Associate in Aberdeen, MD
    Former Employee - Associate in Aberdeen, MD

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Pay
    - Flex Schedule
    - Benefits
    - Laid back work environment

    Cons

    This review is based on my experience at Aberdeen/Belcamp office and doesn’t reflect the entire Booz Allen Hamilton Company. The Aberdeen office is just another "body shop" where management is throwing their hats in any and every RFQ that CECOM puts out on the market. Although management love to say that BAH brings intellectual capital to the table but most of the work is brain dead and mundane. The only positive is that they compensate you quite well.
    Most of the focus seems to be on burning down the funding without evaluating the value being provided to the client. Sad part is the client doesn't really know/understand what they are getting (a lot of fluff). The management lacks people and professional development skills.

    Advice to Management

    Identify the key things that BAH (Aberdeen office) brings to the table and distinguishes BAH from other body shops. It is ok to say "no" to a RFQ if the work is not BAH's specialization instead of hiring to get bodies in place. Start utilizing matrix organization and really utilize "reach back" capability.

  2. Helpful (9)

    Not a place to work since going public

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    Former Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some very good/decent/smart colleges here.
    A few very good managers/SR. Associates.
    Top leadership received the ax which helped the company's bottom line.

    Cons

    I started here before they went public. That was the best time to be a "boozer." You had a lot of client work, and the company was growing rapidly. Most employees were able to move up fairly quickly from level 1 to level 3 in about 4-5 years. Today now that its public, that has all changed. Good people are passed over for promotion because of the bottom line. Perks like lunch on BAH have been curtailed so much that it just doesn't happen (unless you are a partner). Christmas parties are lackluster and boring. A lot of chest pumping to the remaining folks who were not laid off. Before they were public the push was to grow, mold, and mentor people into great consultants. Today the push is to get someone into a seat so they can bill hours 5% over contract, uncompensated. That is the BAH dream now.

    There is a good saying that you can buy something and sell it at a higher price to the next sucker. If you end up not being able to sell that at a higher price, you are the sucker. This can be applied to people as well. If you still fill a seat, you are not learning anything and you just know that once that contract expires you will get your lack of work letter... and you are not actively looking for a new job, you are the sucker. Sadly, BAH has become just another body shop so the real value of the firm is down the tubes. Its a lousy performing stock, and the insiders dictate every action the company does.

    Before they went public, the partners and higher ups lamented, repeatedly that nothing will change, we will not mess wit the secret sauce. I heard this so many times. Now I look back at the company and I realize the lack of truth from senior people was just sad. They are all liars in the face of their employees, but the tough military like structure makes it impossible to actually call them out for being liars.

    Diminished benefits.
    Fantastic 401K is WILL go away because shareholders demand this.
    Now just another body shop.
    Successive layoffs mean employees work/live in fear.

    Advice to Management

    Be truthful with yourselves. Stop lying to employees. Admit that you all in one way or another took part in destroying the secret sauce that made BAH a great place. Ask yourself this, would you feel proud if your children told you they were contemplating an offer from BAH, or would you cringe and tell them to really think hard about it?

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