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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated September 25, 2018
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  • "Less work/life balance activities" (in 190 reviews)

  • "Mostly young inexperienced gossiping chatter boxes with a lack of work ethic" (in 90 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, work life balance, and flexibility.

    Cons

    Lacks true growth opportunities outside of your job role.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have advice for management.


  2. Helpful (314)

    "Great people, terrible business"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great. Everyone -- even the difficult types -- are eager to work and excel. There are some senior officers with questionable morality, but most people here are great people to work with.

    Cons

    1. Federal clients. Don't forget that you'll move at their pace, not yours.
    2. The nature of the job means that sooner or later you'll be strategizing ways to get more money from the client (i.e. federal government), regardless of whether or not you'll actually add value. BAH runs on government money, a large chunk from DoD, and thus is part of the bigger problem we have in this country with fiscal responsibility.
    3. Living off the American taxpayer. Much of the money that flies around in DC is at the expense of everyone else everywhere else in the US, BAH is a major player in this system, particularly the defense technology sector.
    4. You'll never get paid what you're worth. The three lowest ranks (Consultant, Sr. Consultant, Associate) seldom make what they're worth, while senior management (looking at you, officers) make insane amounts of money.

    Advice to Management

    I'm leaving this job for two reasons, despite being hand-picked and groomed for greater responsibility by senior management.

    1. You weren't paying me enough to do the job; especially when you factor in the amount of stress this job puts on a human being, the amount of time I sacrificed with my family, the amount of guilt this job inspired in me as an American.
    2. The job is not meaningful to anyone who doesn't lust for profits. At some point each of us gets a look at how the sausage is made, and then it becomes clear that the government is basically asking (literally sending out solicitations and announcements) to be ripped off. They don't need what we're selling, but they buy it anyways because Congress tells them to. This buys Congress fancy retirement plans at the same businesses that profit. But everyone else loses, and Booz Allen isn't doing enough to be a part of our nation's long-term fiscal stability.

  3. "Amazing Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Get your resume in as quickly as possible. The company environment here is phenomenal.

    Cons

    The hours can be long but that can be true with just about any company.


  4. "Operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    The company has a great benefits package.

    Cons

    Working hours are very long.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to trust your employees.


  5. "Good place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has good benefits.

    Cons

    There is limited office space.


  6. "Excellent Company focused on Ethical Reputation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great colleagues and interesting work

    Cons

    Public-sector contracts require continuing work with entitled (and often unmotivated) federal government clients.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Notoriety. There is perks of having Booz Allen on your resume. Many projects for you to move around if you were interested in other fields. I liked their benefits, 401K matching. Medical insurance was ok but not a lot of great options these days. Nice people and co-workers. They don't micro manage and trust you with your work.

    Cons

    Depending on your field, work can be boring and not challenging. Technical people tend to work longer hours. When projects ends, the onus is on you to find another project even though you have a "career manager" who's job is to make sure you are billable. They don't pay market value for your career field. So unless you negotiate that before you are hired, don't expect to get it while you are employed by them. In very rare cases they may do a MSA (Market Salary Adjustment), but they will give you much more responsibilities outside your field to get their returns. Booz Allen pay schedule is once a month. It was something that annoyed me when almost every other company pays at least twice a month or biweekly.

    Advice to Management

    Pay market value. Consider paying employees semi monthly.

  8. "Improving, Solid Company"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, massive job openings/internal hiring

    Cons

    slowly adapting to the new workforce


  9. "Booz Allen"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Well respected company name to work for in the area

    Cons

    Have heard that benefits have gone down considerably since the company went public


  10. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Great company and benefits. Very nice people.

    Cons

    Hoteling was very annoying but there are touchdown spots.


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