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Booz Allen Hamilton Arlington Reviews

Updated February 9, 2017
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Booz Allen Hamilton President and CEO Horacio D. Rozanski
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Pros
  • Work life balance is good compared to other consulting firms because most projects are locally based (in 474 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule, work from home when contracts allow, don't work you to death (in 75 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is a challenge (in 172 reviews)

  • If you are not bringing in "billable hours" you will receive an LOW Lack of Work and have 30 days to find a new contract or be let go (in 78 reviews)

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  1. "Great introduction to government"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful access to government and a great place to network, especially as a first job. The teams I have worked on were all spectacular with highly smart and motivated people.

    Cons

    Like most consulting firms, upward mobility begins to stall after a couple of years.


  2. "senior analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good benefits. decent job selction

    Cons

    large and impersonal. narrow types of jobs


  3. "great opportunities... for a little while."

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great opportunities, lots of smart coworkers. solid benefits, adds a somewhat prestigious name to your résumé, and - once you meet the right people - you can really get involved in some great stuff.

    Cons

    very survival of the fittest mentality, predominantly g'ment facing, strong old boys club culture. easy to get very pigeon-holed into a certain role that management will try to push you into repeatedly if you don't manage your connections wisely.

    Advice to Management

    pursue more non-g'ment contracts and enable more flexibility for moving around within the firm.


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  5. "Luck of the Draw"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton (More than a year)

    Pros

    Booz Allen is a well known company throughout the DMV area. There are a lot of contracts and Booz will not let you go if your contract is won by another company, they will try to find you another project. Compensation and benefits are good, and depending on what contract you have, affords for good work-life balance.

    Cons

    During one contract I was bullied by my fellow coworkers, and senior management did nothing about it. I was on a very strict contract. I also found it frustrating that as someone in their early career, I was forced to "pay my dues" suffering through boring contracts that didn't teach me anything. This did not put me in a good position for promotion during the very arduous annual review process. During my various projects I only had one manager that I felt like effectively performed as a manager, the rest did not know what they were doing and it was clear they did not care about my career growth or goals.

    Advice to Management

    Improve HR processes and take a good look at how you are treating your people. Reward them with more PTO and make sure management is trained to effectively manage.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Lead Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Lead Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great reputation, outstanding ethical culture, and the company truly has its act together from a business perspective. Executive leadership (Principal, VP, SVP, EVP) listens to employee suggestions from junior staff. Benefits are among the best in the industry. Strong, competitive salaries, even for junior positions. Training and professional development opportunities abound. Office facilities and IT support are outstanding. The company has made great strides in improving the look and function of the office environment. When not on client site, dress code has been relaxed to allow (and encourage) business casual. Policies and procedures are well defined, which makes working with different teams nearly seamless. Work life balance is good compared to other consulting firms because most projects are locally based.

    Cons

    Overall, morale is good, but it is very dependent on the team atmosphere and opportunity to advance. Turnover among young employees is high, which makes staffing projects a challenge. Turnover at the Senior Associate and Principal level is not high enough, which negatively impacts promotion from Lead Associate. Not enough support staff available for contract management and finance, which can impact the response time to client requests.

    Advice to Management

    Consider rotating associates and lead associates from the Defense and Intelligence Group to commercial accounts, even if it is for only a year. There is tremendous talent within the DIG. The commercial accounts could use that talent, it expands the internal networks of employees, it helps prevent a defense vs. commercial cultural dynamic, it would be a great development opportunity for staff, and it may help to reduce some of the turnover the company is experiencing at the lower levels.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Needs to find its direction again"

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    Current Employee - Lead Associate (Project Manager) in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Associate (Project Manager) in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company is a large, established enterprise with a overall good reputation in the federal space. It is a great place to start your career out of college as it has the right amount of structure to introduce a new grad to the professional world. Many of the market teams also work very hard to make employees feel like they are part of a family rather just a cog in a huge wheel. How they do it could use some improvement though

    Cons

    After breaking off from its commercial counter part and going public, the culture has drastically changed. Everything is about the bottom line and employees more than anyone really feel that. Raises are horrendous, middle management cannot help junior staff understand the changes because they do not understand changes that upper management and leadership are making, and people no longer feel valued. You cannot even get parking reimbursed when you go visit a client. The firm is losing its prestige and its talent and if they do not make changes quickly, they will be a shell of the company they once were

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the feedback employees give you. Money is consistently what is being requested, not new initiatives that just make the firm look good on a proposal.


  8. "Client Dependent"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant Level II in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant Level II in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salaries (if properly negotiated), will sponsor for clearances, promotional opportunities, interesting clients, good reputation

    Cons

    Experience can be wholly based on client, hard to move between markets, no much firm culture, large company


  9. "Nice place to start"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant Booz Allen Hamilton in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant Booz Allen Hamilton in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance, teleworking, that's about it

    Cons

    Work is not particularly challenging


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Booz Allen review"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Arlington, VA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of resources and potential.

    Cons

    Sometimes, no access to those resources. Easy to get lost in the cracks.

    Advice to Management

    Shouldn't have hired so many Data Scientists.


  11. "good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    it is a good job. there are smart people. you will learn. i like booz allen hamilton.

    Cons

    booz allen hamilton does not give free lunches or dinners. they do not send a limo to your house to get you to work in the morning.

    Advice to Management

    make a lot of money for the shareholders. do not use company cash to go gambling at casinos. do not allow the use of heroin on company premises.



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