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Booz Allen Hamilton Overview

Mc Lean, VA
10000+ employees
Company - Public (BAH)
Business Services
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Booz Allen Hamilton has been at the forefront of strategy and technology for more than 100 years. Today, we provide management and technology consulting and engineering services to leading Fortune 500 corporations, governments, and not-for-profits across the globe. Our team ... Read more

Mission: Our Mission: Booz Allen is committed to ensuring that our clients succeed by integrating leading ideas and technologies into their missions. We strive to operate as a strong, independent public company that acts with integrity and offers our people
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Best Places to Work: 2010 (#30), 2009 (#30)

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Booz Allen Hamilton – Why Work For Us?

We're looking for people with brains and heart.

We believe in vision and passion. Being part of something bigger than a company or job matters to our employees. When you join Booz Allen, you’ll help some of the most widely recognized organizations in government and industry succeed. You’ll enhance the security, economic well-being, health, and safety of people in our nation and around the world. You’ll be challenged. You’ll make an impact.

That impact comes in many different forms. Here are just a few examples of how our people are making a difference:

  • Children's Health—Booz Allen is collaborating with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the National Children’s Study—a public health study of unprecedented size and complexity that aims to improve the well-being of children by examining various environmental factors on childhood development, disease and overall health.

  • Reduced Casualties—Booz Allen helped the US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) design a training strategy using live, virtual, constructive, and gaming (LVCG) techniques to provide soldiers with realistic training to counter IEDs and reduce casualties.

  • Sustainability—Our professionals are helping the US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy work toward its goal of creating financially viable commercial buildings with net-zero energy consumption by 2025. 

  • Veteran Reintegration—We are helping the Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) ensure veterans make a smooth transition to the civilian workforce with technology for effective employment outreach and sustainable veteran employment programs.

We hire stars, not stats

At Booz Allen, we don’t hire a faceless resource to be deployed; we hire you—and the net sum total of experience, intellect, skills, and passions that makes you a great consultant, colleague, and leader. We want you to succeed and invest in your growth so that you can realize your potential. Do you know how high you can soar? We’d like to find out.

undefined"Working here, I’ve been able to branch into new areas, learn more, get involved in more, and be a part of a bigger team rather than just supporting one part of a region. I’m the type of person who needs to stay challenged to stay interested, and the chance to move into new areas and to work with new people and teams has been both a big challenge and a great opportunity for me." — Lydia Decker, Lead Associate

The Booz Allen Difference

Booz Allen stands apart from other consulting firms with 5 distinct qualities:

  • Core Values

  • Culture of collaboration

  • Consulting approach—delivering results that endure

  • Passion to make a difference

  • Reputation of excellence—especially our people

This difference is reflected in how we approach our work and support our clients every single day.

Collaboration as a way of life

One of our deeply held values is our culture of collaboration. While other consulting firms say they collaborate, it’s in our DNA, and reflected in our organizational structure. Booz Allen’s operating model is a matrixed structure that encourages continued collaboration across the firm by leveraging talent, expertise, capacity, and capabilities within one P&L.

This matrix of functional and domain expertise enables Booz Allen to deliver better solutions to our clients.

Innovation through Collaboration

Booz Allen’s operating model helps you “walk the talk” in more way than one. Our Functional Communities provide a fertile and thriving forum that enables you to affiliate and connect with like-minded professionals, explore career development, and innovate functional solutions that deliver results that endure.

We also conduct boundary-pushing initiatives and events, such as our internal Ideas Festival, to unleash creativity and ingenuity that can be developed and applied to client challenges.

undefined "I'm able to work with senior clients on their toughest challenges and leverage the vast resources    of the firm to drive thought leadership in the marketplace. The firm’s collaborative culture    encourages entrepreneurial thinking in the service of our clients’ unique objectives." — Sudhir  Anantharaman, Principal

Excellence at Work—Delivering Results that Endure

At the end of the day, it’s about the work we do for our clients and the difference we make in our communities. Here are just a few recent examples of where we are making an impact:

  • A New Paradigm for Cyber SecurityBooz Allen was asked to help develop and stand up the Fleet Cyber Command Office of Compliance and Assessment (OCA), a centralized authority that has transformed compliance testing within the Navy.

  • Cloud-based System Lowers technology Costs—Rising hosting, licensing, and maintenance costs can squeeze the technology budgets of all organizations, but they're especially burdensome for expansive systems and applications that support thousands of users. Booz Allen established a cost-effective cloud-based hosting environment for the DOD that reduced the physical server footprint by 83 percent and lowered hosting, systems administration, and software licensing costs.

  • Managing Corporate Espionage Risks— Booz Allen is helping a growing number of commercial clients manage their corporate espionage risks. Our team provides an unmatched capability by linking our commercial business consultants with cyber, physical, and personnel security experts who have assisted the US government in mitigating the nation's most critical espionage risks.

  • Design Thinking Pilot Examines Veteran Employment Challenges—Booz Allen applied Design Thinking—an approach that begins with ethnographic field observations, then applies sophisticated techniques to reframe thinking, and extends to rapid prototyping and testing of solution—to the veteran unemployment challenge. The team developed six prototypes that addressed various pain points highlighted in the research—recruitment, communication, transition anxiety and depression, financial literacy, career selection, and education—with the end goal being a smoother transition to civilian life.

  • Protecting Cyber Assets in the Middle East—Booz Allen is applying its deep expertise in technology development and extensive experience as a consultant to US government and commercial clients to help MENA clients confront all aspects of information security, including developing cybersecurity policies and standards, applying technologies and best practices to build and maintain secure networks, and identifying advanced persistent threats.

  • Strategy Supports Sustainable Air Transportation—Aviation is a key driver of the US economy, enabling mobility that drives economic growth. But air travel also has important environmental and energy implications that require careful management. For three years, Booz Allen has provided vital support to the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center and the FAA's Office of Environment and Energy in developing and implementing this strategic framework for achieving national aviation environmental and energy goals.

  • Innovative Center Evaluates and Treats Traumatic Brain Injuries—Booz Allen helped stand up an innovative, state-of-the-art research institute and clinical facility that is evaluating service members and veterans with traumatic brain injury and studying how to treat it.

undefinedWhen we hire you, we hire the whole person. So, while you’re taking care of business, Booz Allen will be taking care of you and your family. Our Total Rewards package includes compensation; health and retirement benefits; work-life and wellness programs; flexible work arrangements and leave programs; employee forums; sporting and other events; staff discount programs; and other ways we work to support you.

Our Total Rewards help you take advantage of our shared commitment to your health and wellbeing as an individual— physically, mentally, and financially.

Health, Life, and Disability Benefits include:

  • Medical, Dental, and Voluntary Vision Coverage

  • Medical Expense Flexible Spending Account

  • Group Term Life Insurance

  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment

  • Short-Term Disability (STD) Coverage

  • Long-Term Disability (LTD) Insurance

  • Long-Term Care Insurance

Financial Benefits include:

  • Employee 401(k) Retirement Plan

  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan

Paid Leave Programs include:

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • Military Reservist Leave

  • Paid Leave for Civic Responsibilities

  • Leave Sharing Program

Booz Allen provides additional unpaid leave for various reasons to supplement paid leave programs. For example:

Unpaid Parental Leave—After one year of employment, the firm provides new parents (birth or adoptive) up to 24 work weeks of unpaid leave. All other applicable Booz Allen leave benefits (for example, STD, Paid Parental Leave, and FMLA) run concurrently with this leave program.

undefined"The benefits here are great—and I don’t mean just the traditional ones, but the intangible benefits as well. The flexible work arrangements the company supports are just fantastic. Booz Allen doesn’t just talk the talk, this company really walks it—I know many people, including myself, who have flexible work arrangements and who are moving ahead with their careers." Jodi Constantino, Senior Associate

Work-Life Programs include:

  • LifeWorks (Resource and Referral and EAP Program)

  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

  • Child Care

  • Advanced Infertility Treatment

  • Adoption Benefits

  • Legal Plan

  • Critical Illness

  • Identity Theft

  • Auto and Home

  • Pet Insurance

In addition to our Total Rewards, you’ll find the support and resources you need to keep learning, balance work-life integration, and be recognized for your achievements.

We invest in your success

What makes a job great? For the people of Booz Allen, the answer—in a wordis support. In our firm, career development is a shared responsibility that features:

  • Engaging, impactful work

  • Exceptional colleagues

  • Comprehensive benefits and rewards programs

  • Recognition for achievements

  • A culture that embraces collaboration and diversity and supports work-life balance.

Booz Allen is recognized for attracting, hiring, and retaining the best people. That’s vital to us—because our people are our greatest asset. The only way that we can fulfill our mission—delivering enduring results for our clients—is by building teams of the most knowledgeable strategists and technologists, creative problem solvers, and innovative achievers.

Career Models and Professional Development

A Booz Allen career means diverse and challenging projects coupled with not only an opportunity but also an expectation for professional growth and achievement.

Booz Allen is a high-performing organization—we expect our staff to continue to develop their skills and increase impact to the business. But you don’t have to go it alone. Career and job managers help you with career development and client delivery performance, and mentors can help you navigate your path along the way.

undefined"I have mentors at many levels of the firm’s leadership, who help me both in my own functional area and in understanding and navigating other markets and capabilities. Good guidance on developing my career comes from all corners of the firm. Booz Allen’s “apprenticeship” leadership development model works in structured and unstructured ways, but the result is the same—I have access to, and receive coaching from, some of the most experienced executive leadership in the business." — Valerie Conley, Senior Associate

Career and Job Managers help you with career development and client delivery performance, and mentors can help you navigate your path along the way.

Booz Allen’s People Model is the structure through which you navigate your career at Booz Allen. It provides a logical framework for the full spectrum of your development—from capturing your skills and expertise, to the way you’re evaluated for your work, to development opportunities and paths for advancement.

Specific to your particular role, Booz Allen offers a broad, valuable curriculum of learning resources and courses for mapping your optimal career path:

  • Tuition assistance
  • Paid professional society or association membership
  • Internal courses tailored to Booz Allen
  • University partnerships with reduced tuition
  • More than 2,500 online, self-paced courses
  • On the job experiences
  • Technical training
  • Career training and mentoring

undefined"The people in Booz Allen drive each other to excellence. Our work challenges us to innovate and the environment in which we work allows those of us who see the world differently to thrive not despite our differences, but because of them. There is an appreciation for diversity here that forms the basis for our innovation. In short, it’s a remarkably supportive environment for a passionate creative professional." — Michael Dumlao, Lead Associate

What is it about a company that makes you feel like you belong? It’s the culture. Over the years (100, to be exact) our people have created a culture built on character, collaboration, community, ideas, and excellence.

Start with Character

For 100 years, Booz Allen has embraced the core consulting values of our founding partner, Edwin Booz:

  • Start with character, intelligence, and industry
  • Daily—think right, act right, eat right, sleep right, work right, and play right
  • Know your own blind spots
  • Always be willing to listen and to help worthy young people
  • Require character, intelligence, and “hard work” as the starting foundation in selecting people
  • Pick the cream of the crop for your partners
  • Fear not the future, nor people

In 2014 these characteristics persist in the delivery of expert strategy, technology, and engineering services.

Spirit of Service

Booz Allen’s employees not only care about clients, they also care about the communities in which they live and work. An estimated 74% Booz Allen employees volunteer their time—more than 131,000 hours each year to nonprofit organizations coast to coast. 92% of our employees contribute financially to charitable causes. We take an employee-centric approach to corporate citizenship, aligning our resources with the charitable giving and volunteer interests of our employees. Each of our community service efforts begins at the grass roots level, with the ideas and energy of our staff—and Booz Allen supports these efforts with dollars, equipment, and a full-time Community Partnerships team.

Some of the organizations we support locally and globally include:

  • ALS Association

  • American Red Cross

  • FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

  • Operation Homefront

  • Rebuilding Together

  • Smithsonian Institution

  • Special Olympics International

  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

  • USO

Some of the projects our employees have undertaken:

  • Engineering New Opportunities for Children—As a human factors engineer, Booz Allen associate Angela Cason uses her ingenuity to design user-friendly interfaces for NASA at the Johnson Space Center. But her interest in engineering takes her far beyond Houston. As a member of the center's Engineers Without Borders chapter, she works with other engineers year-round to build, test, and install self-sustaining systems for remote communities with dire needs.

  • Norfolk Women's Forum Helps Domestic Violence Shelter Thrive—Booz Allen's Norfolk Women's Forum used its network, leader­ship, and ingenuity to help transform the H.E.R. Shelter into a thriving organization. The organization has improved its utilization rate by 62 percent, has attracted grant funding from diverse sources, and has earned recognition as a model of programmatic excellence.

Booz Allen Excellence

Outstanding work is recognized at Booz Allen—whether performed for paying clients, members of the local community, or for the internal company community, we think it is important to shine a light on high performance. The Booz Allen Excellence Awards (BEA) are the firm’s highest honor, celebrating those colleagues who go above and beyond the excellent service for which we are known, to achieve extraordinary and unparalleled results for clients, colleagues, community, and the institution


Booz Allen’s sustainability practices and services begin with making green choices for our own enterprise and extend well beyond the firm’s walls—through our people, our spirit of service, and our work with clients. Through these sustainability efforts, we are making a fundamental transition to a longer-term, interdependent, and integrated approach to business and our communities.


Booz Allen is committed to the highest standards of business ethics and integrity and our "Ethics First" commitment is seen in all that we do. In addition to our Board level Ethics and Compliance committee, Booz Allen has established an Ethics and Business Integrity Office, a corporate-level function to coordinate the firm's ethics and compliance program. With board-level oversight by the Audit Committee, our ethics program governance bodies promote our Core Values, protect the firm, and ensure that staff with concerns can effectively report them.

We hold all of our employees accountable for ethical behavior established by a common code of business ethics and compliance known as our Green Book. Furthermore, we partner with organizations that are committed to ethical behavior as governed by our Partner in Ethics Program.

A Commitment to Diversity

At Booz Allen, you'll be more than a member of our team—you’ll get to be you. We believe unique perspectives contribute to brilliant ideas and inspired thinking—which drive better results not only for our clients, but for the world around us.

We foster an understanding and acceptance of what makes us all different and continuously, actively search for ways to make Booz Allen the best place for all people to work. To us, diversity means embracing individual differences—whether it’s race, gender, ethnicity, physical abilities, educational background, age, country of origin, sexual orientation, learning style, marital status, religion, work experience, or military service. We go beyond merely “supporting diversity” to creating an environment that truly encourages it.

At Booz Allen, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a number of employee groups and diversity forums that allow you to network, learn from each other, celebrate your diversity, and be heard.

It's these qualities and commitments and more that set Booz Allen apart.

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    Great culture, and there is always work as an associate Subcontracts admin. Most Client Staff are great to work with. the Subcontracts team is very interactive and work closely with each other. If you dont know it, just ask, no one will undermine your work.


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Booz Allen Hamilton Awards & Accolades

  • 100% Corporate Equality Index, Human Rights Campaign, 2017
  • Top 50 Employer, CAREERS and the disABLED Magazine, 2017
  • Top 50 Employer, Women Engineer Magazine, 2017
  • Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military Program Finalist, RecruitMilitary, 2017
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