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

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

Pros

The benefits and salary are very generous. The culture is extremely professional for the most part but at times can come off as being snobbish.

Cons

The way employees are rated is called an "Assessment" which is normally done annually. The problem with this process is that they use a "360" degree method of gathering information about the employee. The employee has to provide a self-assessment along with the names of customers and company mates as potential interviewees. Sometimes employees that don't get along will use your assessment to get back at you by providing less than flattering feedback. However, if the rater that is writing the assessment is good he or she should be able to gauge the type of person that they are reviewing based on all the feedback gathered.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Learn to stick up for your team members from time to time and try not to be such corporate drones......it's really a turn off and all you guys do is distance yourself from your employees.

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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The end of a once great company - or can new blood turn it around?

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Carried personnel on the books during the great government layoff of 2013, lots of talented people, great clients, lots of opportunities for the company to grow their employees if they would only try

    Cons

    Moved people into jobs and teams they didn't have skills for during the great layoff, then started laying them off in 2014, talented people are not well matched between their skill set and available jobs, resource management isn't much help when you are out of work- they send you the same job list you can view online, teams do not want to pay for moves from state to state, company is risk averse - so little to no jobs overseas or in emerging markets, no training for leadership positions - no path for upward career progression - possible to stay the same level for several years as there is no path for promotion - lip service is given to intermediate and advanced stages for career progression but once completed, you find yourself still without a pay raise and without advancement to the next level, while your supervisor lags behind you in education, one of the few companies where academic credentials are only useful when they are trimming the middle staff, cut benefits under the guise of streamlining options with one choice of dental insurance, and one choice for vision which might be ok if you are in a metropolitan area but difficult in an area not near the East coast, cut employee profit sharing which was prorated in the first place to now a 401k match which only kicks in if you have uninterrupted employment with them all 365 days - not possible when contracts stop/start at the end of every fiscal year with the client, evaluations have been getting pushed back further and further with some staff not seeing one in over 1.5 years - of course that is directly connected with salary actions which kick the car for any raise down the road some more, fictitious cost of living % pay raises never happened, the further you are from Booz HQ the less you will enjoy the job, will never see leadership unless it is a winter festival party since we do not celebrate Christmas inside the firm, sensing sessions are done a couple of times a year via anonymous survey and of the hundreds of questions only the top 5 positive ones are shared via a mass email, most employees are upset but fear repercussions of the loss of job to speak up, best company status? Gym memberships, daycare, team events, these and other things must be only at HQ as they do not exist at other sites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go through the resumes you made everyone post and realign talent with skill, when you have an open job, query your employees resumes first - so many times jobs could be filled but the incoming team doesn't want to pay for the move, offer advancement for those looking for opportunity, stop depending on yammer which is blocked at most client sites, offer a 360 review of all supervisors so their employees can rate them for once, offer at least 2 options for dental and vision, offer salary increase for those not requiring medical insurance as 1/4 of the employees have tricare, give raises, cut deadweight staff, create a proposal team within HR who would work on winning work freeing up client facing staff, mentor staff for progression - reach down into the Associate staff and start training some of these skilled people with graduate level education and client experience, allow innovation, dream again like you once did

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Training, advancement, increasing responsibilities. Work life balance, Internal support structure seems positive.

    Cons

    Climate has changed a lot in the past 15 years. Constant restructuring .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the little things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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