Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews in Arlington, VA | Glassdoor

Booz Allen Hamilton Arlington Reviews

Updated April 13, 2017
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  • Sometimes the work/life balance is not there (in 176 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 company, long history"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    May not be the marquee name it was a few years ago, but very solid company, especially for veterans entering the workforce

    Cons

    Upcoming change in top leadership may cause unexpected changes in culture/benefits.


  2. "Good company to work for, great work life balance."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Booz is a great place to work. Lots of flexibility as far as opportunities and work life balance. Great first job. They are always looking at ways to improve upon the way that they operate as an organization and put their employees first. They really understand that without its consultants they would not be able to achieve the amount of success it has and it shows. Tons of training opportunities although that time doesn't count towards your billable hours so you have to be careful not dig yourself into a hole you can't get out of.

    Cons

    It is easy to get "lost" but this really depends on your management team and your ability to network. The company is large and sometimes inexperience can hurt you. In some situations you may be without a project and though there are some available, you are not qualified enough for the position. It's not always easy to cross markets once you start out.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure those in charge of the daily operations of employees, Lead Associates and above, actually care about the wellness and livelihood of those that report to them.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant Developer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant Developer in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is Ok benefits are so so

    Cons

    Working conditions are such that I can't leave my chair for more than 15 minutes at a time


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Numerous contracts in different areas, mentor program

    Cons

    Not enough compensation for long hours


  6. "No longer the glory days, but competitive compared to similar firms."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deputy Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Deputy Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, solid pay and increases, clear hierarchy and structure, opportunities to ascend and map a career path.

    Cons

    So big it doesn't always know what it's doing, poor internal communication, change in corporate culture since going public.

    Advice to Management

    Engage more with the boots-on-the-ground folks - and not by doing Town Hall mtgs or other meaningless one-way communications. With so many people on client site, you have to work harder to get to knnow your markets and people.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Smart people, but not as good as the reputation the company once had... and management with questionable priorities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people and some interesting projects

    Cons

    The company needs to reduce its overhead expenditures on silly things that don't matter (videos, newsletters, websites) and do its best to remain competitive without shortchanging employees' salaries and 401k matches.

    Advice to Management

    Get the people who are not on client site focused on producing, and cut out all non value added 'niceties' that drive up billing rates.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mostly good, but nightmare annual review process"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Operations Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Security Operations Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is fair and some of the supervisors are actually very interested in your success rather than their own advancement.

    Cons

    The culture of personal success and promotion can capture some people and they become more interested in their advancement than doing their job as supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Use the annual evaluation process for those seeking promotion and for certain milestones in their careers rather than every year. The 'volunteer' status of the process is not fooling anyone.


  9. "Rewarding."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Straight forward career path.
    Self-driven career path.
    Great reputation.
    Top talent.
    Great internal resources.

    Cons

    Ungrateful clients
    Government vs consultant struggle

    Advice to Management

    Offer more performance based incentives (commission, stock, transparent bonus)


  10. "Booz Allen is a firm full of highly skilled and talented consultants who go out of their way to solve complex problems"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with and learn from an outstanding team of talented and motivated individuals who go out of their way to provide support and guidance to help you delivery your work for clients. You have the opportunity to learn and educate yourself through various training, learning and knowledge sharing opportunities.

    Cons

    Too much time focused on client specific deliverables allows little time for self improvement and knowledge enhancements. Very little opportunity to attend technical seminars and conferences to learn about new trends, tools and offerings in the market.

    Advice to Management

    Allow and encourage employees to network with others by sending them to seminars and conferences. Promote self improvement and career enhancement opportunities by rewarding them for break through innovations and creative solutions


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good and Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid workforce base, with the ability to work with some high performing junior staff

    Cons

    Competitive nature of promotions can cause conflicts in team building and inter-company information sharing

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time in strategically planning staff professional development and position options so that it best fits the employees goals and desires. Currently too many staff are slotted based on who is available and what is available; vice who is best to fit what's available.


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