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Unchallenging, Stifling, and Bureaucratic

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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 for more than a 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company for expanding your resume with diverse consulting assignments

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Although I worked primarily for a single government client, I was able to spend about 20% of my time on other assignments, some with private industry. Tremendous depth of knowledge makes it easy to staff new projects or learn from the best. On the government side, the culture was informal. Much more rigid on industry side. Strong emphasis on deliverable timeliness and quality.

    Cons

    It is a pyramid marketing organization - promotion primarily rewards selling addition services or adding new clients. Technical skills only go so far. On dedicated contracts, it's easy to transfer allegiance to the client, rather than Booz, and opportunities for new work and advancement

    Recommends
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  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Solid company with a proud heritage but slowly drifting to mediocrity

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people, real assessment process. Reasonable advancement opportunity. Good ECAP - retirement bonus each year. Good solid benefits.Pay seems lower than other beltway bandits but the job is a little more stable.

    Cons

    Too much overhead, strange short sighted decision-making from management team, need for billable work - if you lose this, you lose your job. Carlyle Group is bent on running this storied brand into the ground so they can cash out. Talk a good game about work/life balance but ask for a lot of unpaid overtime from junior staff and look the other way on time charging policy violations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the fat, reduce the number of VPs and Officers drastically, get out of the staff augmentation business, and buy out the Carlye group.Come up with a real plan to deal with Government cuts by diversifying into the private sector.

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