Booz Allen Hamilton

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Amazing Company if you can get in.

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Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA
Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA

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

Pros

The culture here is amazing. the work/life balance is great, and the business mindset for the Firm is correct. They will continue to be a force within the environment and continue to mentor young Consultants and leverage their inherent skills as they expand within the Civil market.

Cons

The annual assessment cycle is brutal, but gives a true look at the talents of the staff on the team. The political games that are played here depends on your manager and there are good and bad. That comes with any Firm of this size. It was overall a good experience.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company but get out after 5 years

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    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Booz Allen is a great training ground, you will work on projects and assignments that will make you a better employee when you go work somewhere else.

    Cons

    The workflife balance is horrific. Lots of weekend work and late nights. Partners and Principals have almost no respect for worklife balance of the staff below them. It is all lip-service. There is also alot of intellectual bullying.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Used to be great, now declining

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Annapolis Junction, MD

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    BAH does a decent job of finding new work for existing employees, although this is becoming more difficult since losing several large contracts recently.
    - Their large size means that they can prime contracts, which has some perks.
    - Flexible work hours are great for avoiding traffic.

    Cons

    In 2007 managing director Marc Gerencser said that, "being privately held allowed the firm to consider long-range investments that companies beholden to shareholders might not be able to make". He was right and since going public in 2010, BAH has been on a steady decline from an employee perspective.

    Traditionally BAH has valued their people as their biggest asset and salaries and benefits proved it, but that has changed. Salaries are flat--no raises for management this year and small or no raises for others, but CEO Ralph Shrader managed to get a 47% increase. Vacation and 401K contributions are being cut this year and next year. Sure government contracting is hurting all over, but BAH compensation and benefits are now no better (and in some cases, worse) than their competitors.

    Under Ralph Schrader's leadership, BAH has become extremely liberal. Here are some of the forums that are sponsored and encouraged at the firm:

    Administrative Professionals Forum
    African American Forum
    Armed Services Forum
    Asia & Pacific American Forum
    DiverseABILITY Forum
    Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Employees (GLOBE)
    Latin American Forum
    Middle East and North Africa Forum (MENA)
    Multinational Forum
    Native American Forum
    Parents’ Forum
    Rising Leaders Forum
    Women’s Forum

    With all this focus on diversity, the firm seems to have lost its identity of being a cohesive team with the most technically competent workforce.

    One last item: annual assessments. The firm knows this is a problem because they keep changing the process every 2 years, but it's still an arduous task with questionable benefits. Every year my feedback it to learn more about the business side of things, and every year I feel like quitting when I hear that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn your focus back on building and rewarding a competent workforce and stay out of politics. Fix or discard the painful annual assessment process. Stop cutting benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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