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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated June 18, 2018
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  • "Less work/life balance activities" (in 189 reviews)

  • "Mostly young inexperienced gossiping chatter boxes with a lack of work ethic" (in 89 reviews)

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  1. "Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Housekeeping Manager Supervisor in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Housekeeping Manager Supervisor in Savannah, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great advancement opportunities with in the company.

    Cons

    It is not an elevatored facility.

    Advice to Management

    No advice they are great people.


  2. Helpful (272)

    "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. "Lead Associate"

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Great people and options to move around

    Cons

    Spent a lot of time on training but it was understandable.

    Advice to Management

    Do more skip level meetings


  4. "Booz Allen"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    -Great culture
    -Great work-life balance

    Cons

    -Uncompetitive salary
    -Bad job at retaining young talent


  5. "Technologist"

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

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

    Pros

    Booz Allen is a large company with a lot of opportunities within it. They provide plenty of opportunities to grow professionally and offer a pool of resources for training purposes.

    Cons

    Networking within the company is crucial. I joined the firm and was not placed on a contract so for my first several months were spent frantically reaching out to project managers and applying to contracts within the company. All employees are assigned to a career team when joining the company. The team will determine how your experience within Booz Allen is, and a non supportive team can make growth difficult.


  6. "They take care of their own"

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

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

    Pros

    Contracts end, but this company will recognize talent and past successes to make sure you maintain billability and find you interesting and challenging work

    Cons

    Very few down sides, but some contracts require full time client-site presence so there may be limited ability to telecommute.


  7. "Great Company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Senior Cyber Security Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Cyber Security Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working from home, flexible career paths, paid training and tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    As with all consulting, there is a level of sales involved. I'm not a fan of how only certain people are allowed to bid on potential clients; once the client is brought in there is sometimes no telling who will handling the account and the person bringing the business to firm is not usually the one getting the credit.

  8. "Great Company in a Competitive Market"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Flexible work hours
    - Engaged leadership
    - Challenging assignments; especially in technology

    Cons

    - Work environment is actually defined by where you work on client site; if you spend 40+ hours a week on the client site it's not like you're working for BAH proper but rather they client themselves and some are quite dysfunctional. The difficulties experienced are then not BAH-related so while Booz itself may be great the clients really define your experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in your team - training, benefits, etc., it really makes a difference


  9. "Associate"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment to learn new skills and develop leadership capabilities.

    Cons

    Finding new projects on your own or risk getting benched.

    Advice to Management

    You would retain more talent if you had a better assignment transition process for employees who work at the client site outside of the DMV area.


  10. "Summer Games Intern"

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    Current Employee - Summer Games in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Summer Games in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Networking, ability to learn new skills, treats you like a real employee.

    Cons

    None, would definitely intern again


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