Booz Allen Hamilton

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Great environment with great potential of personal growth

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Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Herndon, VA
Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Herndon, VA

I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton as an intern (less than an year)

Pros

The company, and very specifically my team, did an amazing job to ensure that I grew as an individual within the team instead of just making me do remedial tasks on the daily. I learned more within my 10 weeks at BAH than I did in a semester at school.

Cons

There weren't many social events tailored to interns for the most part.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Living on its reputation

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Still looks great on your resume

    Cons

    The firm has lost its identity since going public. Booz Allen was known as a gold-plated consulting firm. Now transformation projects have given way to the larger staff augmentation jobs ... butts in seats. Layoffs, which were unheard of in the past, are a regular occurrence, indeed, a sword hanging over everyone's head. As one former senior manager said, "I didn't leave Booz Allen, Booz Allen left me." Sad to say, Booz Allen is now just another beltway bandit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the marketing blurb from "results that endure" to "anything that makes money."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Over promised, under delivered, and incredibly disorganized

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    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    - Meaningful work in the DoD/IC world
    - Pay is a little better than straight federal service
    - Opportunity to move around and try out different projects or practice areas
    - Has a pretty decent reputation and gets lumped in as a top-tier consulting firm in some people's minds

    Cons

    - Company is focused on short term bottom line over everything else
    - Little to no bench time, if you're not billable, you get cut
    - Management loves to sing praises of the firm, its values, how great it is, but the follow through is non-existent and they really don't care about the employees
    - HR and Recruiting are terrible, under staffed probably (not their fault) but overall just disorganized - took 3+ months to get an offer letter when it was supossed to be done in 1-2 weeks
    - Sketchy recruiting practices, recruiters deceive you to get you to sign an offer, then shy away from promises a few months later
    - If you're on client site, its hard to really get to know others in the firm
    - Hoteling is awkward and done just to save costs
    - It is definitely not a top-tier consulting firm - it used to be, but now its just one of the many federal defense sector contractors that provide contract services
    - Generous benefit plans have been cut significantly
    - Pay is pretty close to par with what the fed gov pays, and probably is right on the line once you factor in the better benefits on the fed side
    - Carlyle (the owners of the majority of the firm) could sell it at any minute, with unclear effects or they could continue loading it up with debt and taking dividends out

    Bottom Line: Look elsewhere! Find a place that actually values its employees and doesn't jerk them around. Go the federal gov route or a contractor with a better reputation and working environment. If you join BAH you'll likely be worried about your job every time you cycle off a project, and you'll see the slow decline in the firm overall right around you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If people don't feel appreciated or valued, they're eventually going to leave for greener pastures. Stick to commitments, slow down on the yearly re-orgs, give people a little more bench time, etc. Figure out what direction the company wants to go in strategically, and be realistic - quit drinking the Kool-Aid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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