Booz Allen Hamilton

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A good but not great place to work

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

Pros

Strong culture with emphasis on respect, collegiality, diversity, and productivity. No drama, no yelling, no abusive bosses. Strong focus on development of technical skills, then development of business development skills and strategy. A great place to hone one's professional skills, see how an efficient corporation works, and develop consulting skills. Competitive compensation, especially for junior staff.

Cons

Booz can be a very demanding place to work, and very stressful during government proposal season. Life/work balance gets some lip service, but most people who are getting ahead at Booz live for their jobs, and are very focused on doing what is right, pleasing their bosses, and being subservient to clients. I think for most people Booz is not a fun place to work. It can be very serious, cold, and impersonal. With staff dispersed across government client sites it can be very challenging for staff to stay connected to their managers. It is also common within Booz for people to be very hard working but not get recognized for it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Booz is an adaptive organization, but still very much a conventional one. They haven't yet figured out how to embrace the business ethos that has come from Silicone Valley, Apple, Zappos, etc. Booz leadership looks to innovate in the company structure, operations, and service offerings, but they don't spend as much time or effort figuring out how to innovate within the organizational culture--updating the People Model has been a good start, but the firm needs to do much more to make Booz a place that attracts and retains creative, innovative people. Booz is a great place for people who love to make lists, check boxes, navigate bureaucracy,and do what is told to them by their managers, but we do not have an environment that is conducive to unleashing the true creative potential of our people.

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Opportunity Exists if You are Anointed by "Leadership."

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

    Pros

    Decent salary. Positions exist mostly worldwide.

    If government contracts are interesting to a prospective candidate, then this is the ideal place. If you are affordable, the firm may pay for your security clearance.

    Most people who work at client sites are intelligent, productive, and genuinely good people.

    Be prepared for a rigid management hierarchy, which may be attractive to inexperienced college graduates, or other newcomers to the consulting industry.

    Cons

    Employees are always hunting for stability and job security; at least an extra ten to fifteen uncompensated hours each week is expected, otherwise one is not considered a "team player."

    Most employees work at client sites, deal with client concerns, and generate income for the firm. Many employees work in McLean offices and write proposals without truly understanding client service. To attain a position as a proposal writer, you should be young, female, and attractive. Proposal writers are always employed, despite not generating revenue for the firm. Proposal writers are usually promoted faster because they have more exposure to the corporate mothership.

    Benefit package deteriorated shortly after the firm went public. Employees lost two vacation days/year, and the once-generous automatic 10% 401K contribution (a key reason many took a position despite shrinking salaries) dropped to a maximum of 6% matching contribution.

    There is an ongoing purge within the firm, and very talented personnel are being cut or encouraged to resign because they are considered too expensive. Many talented personnel are leaving the firm in droves, and the place is hemorrhaging talent. This is a short-term gain for the shareholders, but does irreparable damage to the long-term sustainability of the firm's once excellent reputation. Expect to be released from the firm once your bill rate increases beyond what the Carlyle Group determines is too expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your employees.

    Promote staff based on performance and competence, instead of loyalty or friendship.

    Visit the client site once in a while and actually do the work that you are tasking your people with.

    Stop attempting to undermine other firms in order to capture market share. Instead, do solid work and clients will come to you.

    Stop selling "solutions" for client problems that do not exist. Instead, solve client problems by being true consultants and developing what the clients truly want or need.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Consulting but beware of contracting

    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Large company and internal resources

    Cons

    Work is sometimes closer to contracting

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