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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated November 13, 2018
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Booz Allen Hamilton President and CEO Horacio D. Rozanski
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Pros
  • "Amazing work-life balance with the most flexible schedule in the industry" (in 565 reviews)

  • "Work from home, community sharing" (in 91 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance can be tough here but no worse (maybe even better) than other firms in this market" (in 194 reviews)

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

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  1. "The best reputation in their markets - for a reason"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Principal in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company - great ethics

    Cons

    Senior leadership highly motivated by incentive compensation and bonuses

    Advice to Management

    Continuous reorganizations impact stable growth and employee comfort


  2. Helpful (332)

    "Great people, terrible business"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "I like it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Its a good company if you have a good team

    Cons

    Being on client side often makes it hard to demonstrate growth


  4. "Good company that tries to be great, but they sometimes fall short."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance & Positive Culture

    Cons

    Managers are not the best. Salary is not great.


  5. "Lead Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Love it. Great support and growth

    Cons

    Promotion path is slow to get up to higher levels


  6. "Booz Allen Summer Games"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I definitely learned alot about consulting and the business of BAH

    Cons

    I did not gain the technical skills that I had hoped to


  7. "SR. Consultant Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    The people are wonderful and the job provides a lot of flexibility.

    Cons

    Honestly, I don't have any.

  8. "Good place to grow"

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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

    Good opportunities to build a long lasting career

    Cons

    Your experience is fully dependent on your leadership team, it can vary widely


  9. "Strong ethics. Contract dependent."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Cyber Security Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Cyber Security Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Strong support of ethics. Good promotion path. Lots of education opportunities available.

    Cons

    Huge disperse company. No matter how good the company, you're still beholden to maintaining your billable status on a contract. Not easy to coordinate moves to other teams.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Pay, remote work, time off

    Cons

    Structure, Government Clients, Slow starts


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