Booz Allen Hamilton

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Brutal

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Former Employee - Consultant in McLean, VA
Former Employee - Consultant in McLean, VA

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

Pros

It pays well, very flexible, free coffee

Cons

you have to go after feedback yourself, always have to be 110%, no room for error,

Advice to ManagementAdvice

less telework, more personal engagement. we're not machines, we need human interaction.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good but going downhill ...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    The firm has many excellent people - very bright, personable folk with solid teamwork skills who are a pleasure to interact with in support of the clients. These people set high standards for themselves and try to deliver the best possible service.

    Cons

    Hoteling, which has saved the company some money, is a huge drag on morale, with many people teleworking from home and getting isolated. Worst thing is the atmosphere of fear - be billable or get a lack of work letter if you're on the beach for two weeks, no matter how long you've been there. Highly profitable company but due to publicly-traded nature of company in last couple of years, cost management is extreme and counter-productive to attracting and retaining talent. Model is less management consultancy and strategy planning, more of a staff augmentation, butts-in-seats, like more down-market body-shops.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seems like lots of older and more expensive employees are getting LOW letters, e.g. people who have been with the company 10, 15, 20, and even 25 years. Policies of bidding/using younger, cheaper staff on proposals/projects are unduly impacting older employees, it seems. Looks like it may be indirect age discrimination, statistically, despite no official policy targeting older workers - seems that it just so happens that the result of staffing/pricing policies is that the vast majority of the people heading out the door are disproportionately older folk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    This is a company in flux

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    Former Employee - Internal Financial Operations in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Internal Financial Operations in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Brilliant co-workers, from multiple disciplines. An ethical company that aims to grow through providing real value to their customers.

    Cons

    The company grew very quickly after 9/11 (As did many defense contractors) and they now have a glut of middle managers who are (IMO) over paid and who have no clear mission. There is a constant churn of reinvention, as the company tries to retain younger workers, lower its indirect cost structure, and figure out what all those people with 10+ years experience are doing day to day..

    In addition, sequestration and general defense cuts are making this a very unstable company at the local level. Unless you are in McLean (The Mothership) you won't be working for "Booz Allen" you will be working for your local contract(s). When the local work ends, your employment will to...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your internal processes. You can't run a fortune 500 company on Excel spreadsheets. Also, take a good hard look at the people who were promoted during the "good times" and see what they are doing now. It won't be easy, but many of them are not providing value and are simply inventing work to protect their turn... You don't need 100 "assistants to the sub-account manager"...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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