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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Work/Life balance (depending on your contract) (in 522 reviews)

  • Most projects make it easy to work from home a day a week, if not 100% of the time (in 85 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes the work/life balance is not there (in 180 reviews)

  • If not, employees get lack of work notice (in 82 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Hypocrisy, thy name is Booz"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mentoring at lower levels of the company
    Steady benefits
    Well known name
    Good place to start a career (only)
    Minimal opportunities for promotion mean that being a former Booz Allen employee is a badge of honor in the DC-area consulting industry.

    Cons

    Noncompetitive salaries
    Heavy debt load paid for by low employee salaries
    More layers of middle management than a 10 foot birthday cake
    Compensation tied to individual performance leads to backstabbing
    Step on each other to get ahead mentality
    Steadily declining benefits
    Ethics that are a joke
    Questionable ownership structure
    Stifling bureaucracy for its own sake.
    More vice presidents than you can shake a stick at
    Overhead numbers that aren't truly billable
    Perpetually eroding benefits
    Ridiculously high overhead that encourages clients to go elsewhere on price
    Outsourced HR and tech support
    Minimal opportunities for promotion
    IT that is run for and by IT, making for impenetrable, useless systems.
    Hypocritical PR campaigns that advertise changes to company policy and software as though it were good for you.

    Advice to Management

    You have more layers of bureaucracy than the Federal government. Time to get rid of them. Pay down your debt so you can quit trying to pay it off on the backs of your employees. Get senior management out of their offices and doing something. Get rid of the antiquated system of individual rewards that encourages people to steal each other's business. Quit rewarding known problem employees just because they bring in profit that you know they stole from others. Pay attention to customer satisfaction by something other than heavily gamed metrics. Pay attention to employee turnover by removing senior associates who lose people all the time due to an abusive work environment. Either live by your code of ethics or trash it; stop your hypocritical PR campaigns to encourage values when all you care about is profit margins. Revise your questionable ownership model. A quasi-partnership for a company this size is a very poor model. Check management bloat. All those partners come at a price--they all have to have something to do, so they all acquire their own bureaucracies. There are more layers of bureaucracy in a roughly 25,000 employee company than in the Federal Government. Ask any Booz Allen employee who works more than they manage--they have more layers of management between them and the CEO than between their client and the President. That's bloat with no purpose. As I see it, you are in the same position as Sun Microsystems in 2000. You're on top, and it looks great. But market forces are pushing you and you continue to think that you can keep doing business like you always have.
    You need to take management bloat and crushing debt seriously (look at the balance sheets, folks--your debt payments are enormous). They are inflating your overhead rates and making you noncompetitive.
    Your bureaucracy makes things move incredibly slowly. It takes forever to get a new task in place, and even longer to hire somebody. You tout networking, but when a new initiative comes up, middle management doesn't want to move any of their employees, so the new initiatives fail. You have become a bloated, lumbering giant, and the more nimble companies out there that haven't cut their benefits and salaries to the bone but have made intelligent moves to improve innovation and stifle bloat are going to eat you for lunch.
    Get rid of the SIG. It's a black hole for money that has produced no marketable products. It looks good to the board, sure, but it isn't producing, and is extremely expensive.
    Stop selling products. You run a consulting company, and your clients want you to recommend the best solution of the ones available, not the one you have under patent. The government is asking for open source now, so your proprietary software is garbage. Win on your knowledge of the system you've put in place, and if a buyer is dumb enough to think he can replace your programmers, let him fail and hand the contract back to you in a couple years.
    It's too bad this site asks for the 6 month business outlook, because that is probably tolerable. But your long-term outlook is poor until you address chronic problems, especially of ethics and hostile work environments. It's tough to say who you will resemble in a few years. Control Data is a possibility, as is AT&T. If you're lucky, you can reinvent yourself again and move forward. If you continue to move like an obese dinosaur, well, there's an asteroid out there with your name on it.


  2. "Recruiters"

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

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

    Pros

    Honestly none on this review title - Recruiters

    Cons

    They announce lot of openings. Most of them are just fake.
    As recruiter gets satisfied with you and works on interview schedule, they never get back to most of the candidates. While they keep you in the pipeline, without having the courtesy to keep you in sync, they try to find cheap, cheaper and cheapest salary person. This happened to many people that I came to know.
    After initial call, if recruiter says he is impressed with you / likes you/ you are the great fit and he would get back to you with interview schedule, don't ever count on his word. You keep looking somewhere else.
    This is the cheapest company on the planet of earth

    Advice to Management

    Fire all your current recruiters. Set right management goals, policies,process for recruitment. Train new recruiters related to professional courtesy.
    Post only jobs that you are intend to hire.

  3. "Benefits Advisor"

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    Current Contractor - VA Benefits Adviser-Mid in Fort Campbell, KY
    Current Contractor - VA Benefits Adviser-Mid in Fort Campbell, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    After two week employment I am already looking for another job.

    Cons

    Poor benefits, Poor pay, lack of respect for employee credentials,

    Advice to Management

    Your retention of incumbents on a new contract will be a deciding factor in your success, when new hires with no experience or advanced education have a starting pay higher than an incumbent with experience and graduate degree you have established a work environment with animosity and insulted the greatest assets you have.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Untrustworthy Leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    -WFH/Flex time
    -Free food and coffee

    Cons

    -Leadership does not involve themselves with day to day operations.


  5. "Not your mother's Booz Allen"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For a junior staff person right out of college, Booz offers a good first job experience with comprehensive training and a large resource base.

    Cons

    Once you reach middle management, opportunities for advancement are limited to who you know and how much pull they have. The leadership is underwhelming, since going public, all the good people have left and they have lost sight of strategy and replaced it with butts in seats.


  6. "Core Values"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Lots of client-facing opportunities to learn the consulting business.
    One P&L combines all verticals/groups across the firm.

    Cons

    Misalignment between advertised core values and actual execution of contracts.
    Once your in a vertical path/group it’s difficult to shift to another group.

    Advice to Management

    Bridge the gap between strategic values & application of those values across the firm.


  7. "Passive Aggressive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton as a contractor

    Pros

    Flexible hours; smart people; high quality company issued equipment

    Cons

    lack of effeciency/utilization of available tools; lack of organization; lots of implied but unstated directives; no training

    Advice to Management

    Implement formal training with clearly written guidelines to alleviate some of the passive aggression. Leadership training badly needed in many areas; flat out leader changes in others

  8. "Oh my, let's get the security side of our house together"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy work; little accountability when on a contracted job; highly paid for little skill.

    Cons

    Never sure who the boss will be next on a contract. Often a second class citizen in the office, since we aren't their employees

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the security leaks and problems on classified contracts. Actually create ways for us to report -- easily- when we see things that look suspicious.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Poor corporate culture with no work life balance."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Columbia, MO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people with interesting work that makes an impact.. However, if you lose your contract you lose your job.

    Cons

    Senior management is disconnected from rest of company. Too busy managing up to care about employees. Company reorganized every year to give partners a job.

    Advice to Management

    Too many senior managers most that add no value. Start paying attention to your employees.


  10. "Senior Systems Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Encourage group thinking
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Terrible management : lack experience, lack control, lack skilled workers. Company does not know how to hang on its great workers

    Advice to Management

    Managers should have leadership, people, and management skills. Need to learn how to hang onto their great people and get rid of the unproductive ones


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