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Booz Allen Hamilton Associate Reviews

Updated March 23, 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 479 reviews)

  • Great salary and was able to work from home (in 76 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is a challenge (in 173 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Great Company, Smart People"

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    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    The internal and Government processes are intense and takes a lot of know how.
    Some client staff are difficult, but manageable because of great Subcontracts Leadership

    Advice to Management

    Great Subncontracts Management team, although work is hard, the management is great.


  2. "Great management and leadership"

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    Current Employee - Lead Associate in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great management and leadership, interesting work, and fairly compensated.

    Cons

    Not a huge ding, since most companies need to worry about their bottom line, but a lot of pressure on billability. Depending on management, can navigate around the billability requirement a bit, but still a lot of pressure.


  3. "Excellent opportunity and benefits"

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits are available. Training and education benefits are second to none. Great opportunities to advance within the company. Great for transitioning military members to still be associated with a world they are familiar with while transitioning to full civilian life.

    Cons

    Typical challenges associated with working as a consultant. You don't always have control over who your client is or their personality.


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  5. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Stafford, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Stafford, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company looks forward to the future of business and government and positions itself accordingly.

    Cons

    Often changes to reflect where the company is going.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent company, great compensation, excellent leadership and focus on professional development. Booz Allen offers good benefits and excellent training opportunities and the leadership really does a good job with ensuring every employee can successfully transition from task to task.

    Cons

    Booz Allen is great and I have no major complaints. I would advise the would be job seeker to understand the type of business that Booz Allen primarily targets; specifically government contracting work. This type of work pays well and can be very fulfilling but it can also be extremely volatile. I have worked at Booz Allen for nearly a decade and contracts are constantly at the mercy of whether the government will fund it or not.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Grow and Learn"

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    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reputable company that is a great place to learn

    Cons

    Trajectory can be dependent on administrative team


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Decent Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Lead Associate in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Lead Associate in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It all depends on which team you're on but if you get a good one, it's a great job to have. There's a lot of variety and you have lots of opportunities in different business units to keep you engaged. They give you decent PTO and do generally care about your work/life balance.

    Cons

    Get a bad manager and it can be pretty awful. Also, the benefits have been going steadily downhill for several years (less time off, more expensive medical, less 401k matching).

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your employees than your stockholders


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Long standing employee"

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    Former Employee - Lead Associate in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Lead Associate in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits that far exceed what was available elsewhere

    Cons

    At the time there was little trust for teleworking and flex work arrangements, forcing employees to drive to work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue sharing and communicating the big picture items to the staff to keep them in the loop, especially during lay offs so they can remain productive and focused on their work.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Dead end job"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    Big company so there are lots of options in different locations to move around.

    Cons

    As much as I did to advance, I always felt pushback. Constantly asked for opportunities to contribute and grow, but was turned down nearly every time.

    I experienced trouble with management in several locations working for Booz. There is little respect for the analysts, they are just worker bees. Management chain only trusts and listens to other managers in their chain, rather than actually respecting the knowledge, contributions, and experience of the analysts on the ground working with the clients. The managers, who are usually rarely on client site, think they know more and as much as you say to argue your case and support yourself, they have plugged ears. In several locations, managers pursue new contracts, then ignore the work just to focus on pursuing other contracts. There is little attention paid to actually managing the project and staff well. Contractors are taken on as "experts" but treated as children. There is little opportunity for advancement. Not to mention, bonuses aren't given even though they have reported growth in the last couple years where they expected to see loss. Benefits have gone down hill every year.

    Basically this is just another place to clock hours. The only two reasons I gave them two stars rather than one are:
    1- they have maternity leave. That said, they made it feel like it was a burden to them. Manager wasn't particularly supportive.
    2- there are lots of jobs available because it's a very big company, so it's fairly easy to move around if needed, and you can keep your paycheck, no matter how mediocre. Don't expect it to get you any advancement though.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Competitive"

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    Former Employee - Associate, Graphic Design
    Former Employee - Associate, Graphic Design
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many opportunities to learn and network. If you're on a good contract, with good management, you'll succeed. 401k is better than most.

    Cons

    Training opportunities are sub-par and often on your own time. Very competitive environment with colleagues doesn't promote team atmosphere but rather a "every man for himself" atmosphere. They want you to network all the time, on your own time.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees hours throughout the year for training and networking. Without built in hours, folks will not spend the time, which is in fact hurting the foundation of what you are asking employees to do. You promote work-life balance but make it difficult.