Booz Allen Hamilton

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Unchallenging, Stifling, and Bureaucratic

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Booz Allen's reputation is still very good, its c-suite level management team has a clear vision of where the company's best business opportunities lie, and understands what it takes to keep the company on a profitable course. I also believe that management (both upper and middle) is sincere in wanting to build a company that supports its employees and their professional growth.

Cons

Culture: BAH has a very conservative corporate culture, and this can mean that management and others are not straightforward - there is a lot of euphemism. When things go well, there is effusive praise and management engages in the best practice of calling it out. When things don't go well, no one will speak directly about it - and the words used are things like "opportunity" to make it sound positive.

Bureaucratic Organization: Since BAH sells into the federal government, they are organized to reflect federal government mindset on talent and personnel, which is preoccupied with over-specialization, and an emphasis on experience over talent or potential. This means that success is not really measured by results, but by what certifications one can say they have and what training courses you can put on your transcript. The focus on specialization further means that it is nearly impossible to move laterally - even as a low level employee. Entry level consultants are immediately branded and pigeon-holed with a particular specialty and market.

Bid Strategy: BAH has grown immensely fast over the last 20 years (until recently). To capture all this business, they have hired aggressively and moved into ever more areas of federal government business where at scale, they can generate profits. This means, though, that Booz is now engaged in mostly contracts that are long-range and don't involve very high-level, strategic, or challenging work. In this sense, they are putting butts in seats, rather than hiring the best and brightest and moving them around to challenging assignments.

Honestly, none of the people I knew at BAH who were impressive, smart, or effective stayed for much more than a year and a half. Its not a world class consulting company, its a well-reputed government contracting behemoth.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Break apart barriers between teams and dis-incentivize the turf-based behavior of managers at the Senior Associate level. Create lateral opportunity for young employees and market these resources to the federal government with a more forward-looking mindset.

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    I have had a very positive experience at Booz Allen

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    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Great Support
    - Highly Intelligent colleagues

    Cons

    - Hard to navigate corporate culture
    - Pay (and raises) at the Associate level is mediocre

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the raises
    Provide greater opportunities for advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Booz Allen is a decent place to work, but you must be on the right team

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Solid reputation with government clients

    Cons

    Average to below average compensation
    Slow to move and bureaucratic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to 360 reviews of Sr. Associates and Principals and remove people who aren't truly living the firm's values and treating people with respect.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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