Booz Allen Hamilton

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Former Employee - Lead Associate  in  Newark, NJ
Former Employee - Lead Associate in Newark, NJ

Pros

Excellent culture, value and benefits.

Cons

Management needs to work on work-life balance policy.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

None

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other reviews for Booz Allen Hamilton

  1. 10 people found this helpful  

    Booz Allen Hamilton - Once the top tier of consulting, now an overpriced government contractor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA

    Pros

    Booz Allen was once was a great company - prestigious management and technology consulting that was worth the "premium" bill rates. The company advocates for work/life balance, some staff have the ability to telecommute, and the culture of the firm WAS top-notch. In the "prime" of Booz Allen, talented staff would be recognized for their performance.

    Cons

    In the past year, Booz Allen has lost all luster since going public during a tough economic time. The culture, that was once revered, is all but gone. A great deal of staff was laid off while senior management continued to hire at the "management" level. Much of the talented staff have voluntarily left for greener pastures - much of the team that remains is far from the high caliber staff that once was. There is an expectation to work long hours for very meager compensation and little to no hope for promotion.

    Senior management claims there are "no changes" to the culture, but everything about Booz Allen has changed for the worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The firm has changed drastically in the last year - talented staff have left for better job security, compensation, and growth opportunities. Going public was a poor decision many years ago and still continues to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great work-life balance, good benefits, but an ever-changing workplace culture.

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

    Pros

    - excellent opportunity for someone transitioning from private industry to government consulting.
    - good benefits
    - efforts to accommodate a dispersed workforce and work closer to where you live are commendable
    - constant effort to adopt new technologies to support dispersed work
    - company promotes strong core values that result in strong team work and general courtesy and consideration across organization
    - work is interesting and if you tire of a role or assignment it is acceptable to roll onto another project

    Cons

    -360 Reviews and employee recognition are more of a popularity contest. It can seem very high school at times.
    - if you are client site based you are treated like a red-headed stepchild. The firm should actually reward those who work day in and day out on the client site but instead often make you feel bad about not being in the BAH offices or available in person for team meetings. I guess they don't consider the client site employees keep the contract in place. In turn often times client site based employees don't get promoted as easily because they are not available to "be seen" and schmooze.
    -hard to get promoted, it is all about you visibility and the politics
    - once you think you understand the organization they change the entire structure, kind of makes you feel nervous about career stability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a Business course and stick with it.
    Remember clIent site staff are the face of the organization and many contracts are re-won because of them. Client site staff are int he trnches and put up with the disdain govt employees have for them only to be treated poorly by BAH leadership. BAH should provide a high level of appreciation for these folks and it should be considered an honor to be client site based.

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