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Booz Allen Hamilton Arlington Reviews

Updated September 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Work/Life balance (depending on your contract) (in 507 reviews)

  • Most projects make it easy to work from home a day a week, if not 100% of the time (in 84 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes the work/life balance is not there (in 180 reviews)

  • If not, employees get lack of work notice (in 81 reviews)

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  1. "Booz Allen Review from an Enterprise Architect"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has great benefits.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for horizontal movement.


  2. "Operations Research Analyst"

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    Current Contractor - Junior Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Contractor - Junior Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent management and employee environment!!!!! Absolutely have loved all my teams.

    Cons

    They pay is much less than other competing companies.

    Advice to Management

    You will not keep entry-level or junior staff for long if salary is too low. Business model won't pan out when investing in clearances for these young people yet not paying them enough. They will leave after receiving their clearance. You must help them understand how to climb the income ladder or they will jump to another company.

  3. "Good people, average company"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great, smart people to work around. Flexible schedules/work arrangements depending on your project.

    Cons

    Inconsistent promotion criteria from team to team. Job requirements, benefits packages, and overall organization seem to change each year.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not like it was"

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    Former Employee - Lead Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Lead Associate in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people; interesting mission with the right client.

    Cons

    The company went public and new focus shifted to maximizing shareholder wealth. Used to be a trusted adviser to the government, but now they are just another chop shop contractor.


  5. "Good company with good benefits."

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    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversified work staff and pleasant work environment.

    Cons

    Big company but not easy to join new projects, if desired.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Internship"

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, friendly workplace, nice office

    Cons

    Not much work to be done, bring your own work to keep you busy


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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