Booz Allen Hamilton

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

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

I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (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

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    One of the Best in the Government Professional Services Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Bright and motivated colleagues. Well-established in the firm's industry with a broad business base. Employees have a high degree of autonomy. Employees have an extraordinarily high level of mentoring opportunities. Excellent benefits including education (which is highly encouraged).

    Cons

    Used to be a much better place to work before going public. Strongly dependent upon a narrow market (Government professional services) and vulnerable to changes in political winds. The Government market is cycling downward (in 2014), which is reducing job opportunities and pay. Senior staff are having a high degree of difficulty staying employed due to cost constraints imposed by the Government customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to put more effort into retaining experienced staff in order to be positioned to prosper in the future up-cycle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    The worst experience I have ever had in my almost 10 years working in gov't contracts. DO NOT WORK IN PRICING

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Pricing Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Pricing Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This section is non applicable as I cannot think of any pros of working for BAH.

    Cons

    Where to begin.....no one, not your supervisor, not your career manager, no one has your back. This is something very important to have when you are just starting at a new company. Client Staff can notify you of a change literally less than 60 minutes before a deadline and it will still fall on you....no matter what. And it will be counted against you and client staff will not even be questioned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have your employee's back since they are the ones in the trenches all day actually doing the work for you and making you look good. If you do not do this than you will continue to operate like a brand new company every 5 years, hence the 20% turnover rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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