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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated February 17, 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 472 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule, work from home when contracts allow, don't work you to death (in 75 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is a challenge (in 172 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. "Coworkers laugh loudly like hyenas and don't work"

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

    Pros

    Very easy, nothing is expected of you. Very low work quota. Employees can run their own businesses while working for Booz Allen. Drink while at work on the taxpayers dime

    Cons

    Low pay, sky high turnover at a fast food level. annoying people . No productivity. Hard workers frustrated by young kids chattering and doing nothing. Average mental age is 15

    Advice to Management

    Fire all the low performing workers that chat excessively


  2. "Booz Allen Work Environoment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal
    Former Employee - Principal
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ability to work with multiple clients

    Cons

    long hours, little acknowledgement from corporate


  3. Helpful (7)

    "YOU ARE JUST A NUMBER AT BOOZ ALLEN"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Associate 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

    Just a Name on your resume

    Cons

    You are just a number. The compensation is not in par with industry standard. Also, if you are NOT WHITE you have little to none chances moving up in the ladder. There is a culture of systemic racism against minorities at Booz Allen. Company is very unethical towards billing.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop pretending as though you care about your employees.


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  5. "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart People
    Interesting projects
    Location
    Pay
    Hours are not too bad

    Cons

    Government clients
    Bureaucracy
    Pressure to be billable
    Limited technology stack
    Fraternity culture

    Advice to Management

    Be better at finding work


  6. "Avoid the IMAG Team"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Game Designer in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Lead Game Designer in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic client, many great and motivated worker bees. Booz Allen Hamilton culture, as I learned it at orientation and interacting with people elsewhere, is superb. But instead of orientation, there is now online training, and the culture does not reach the IMAG team.

    Cons

    Upper management has no software development experience. One bad manager has driven out a TON of senior people, and upper management buys his lies unquestioningly. Workplace went from wonderful offices to giant cube farm with no storage. I worked at the IRS call center and had more storage than what they have now. Loud and many many people in each room.In three years there I never saw a promotion from Associate to Lead Associate; instead they repeatedly drove out the higher paid associates and hired Lead Associates with no software or game development backgrounds. Booz people on other teams (and in other cities) seem much better than IMAG, all because of management. More than one former employee (in the "loop") has told me it's far worse than I saw. My review is of the IMAG team specifically, not the company as a whole. First time I've lost a job with more than one year in with no notice and no severance; they'll screw you on the way out. Booz as a whole allows employees time for self-development, but everyone on the IMAG team must be 100% billable, even making up time from marketing trips.

    Advice to Management

    Check the references and resumes of all current employees, starting at the top. Send folks to training. You've fired or lost so many folks, I can hardly keep track. One artist wasn't good enough to work for IMAG, but is good enough to work for Electronic Arts; that alone should tell you your evaluations are suspect.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "High performers STEER CLEAR"

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    They pay well enough, and they'll also pay for you to change work locations within BAH (though not if you have to relocate when they first hire you). On paper at least, they say that they try not to lose employees when contracts end and will carry you for a while until they can find you new work (in practice your mileage may vary).

    Cons

    If you're a high performer who can get results on your own, STEER CLEAR OF THIS COMPANY. They are obsessed with the concept of "the team" and will ram it down your throats like an unwanted vegetable. It doesn't matter how expert you are in your particular field, or how stellar the results are that you can give them on your own--they will ALWAYS demand that you ask for advice from others (and then heed it), whether you need it or not. Senior management doesn't care about you as an individual--they are all about shoving Booz Allen buzzwords down your throat, even if it kills you.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your high performers and understand that not everyone shares your obsession with teaming! Some of us HATE teams with a passion (Google "groupthink" for one reason), and we don't need meddling from others to succeed. Some of us bring unique experience and skillsets to the table, and while we're happy to share, you need to appreciate our unique perspective--not immediately tell us to ask others what they think. It's the quickest way to make us want to work for someone else.


  8. "You're just a number"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good. You will almost always have a job if you only care about getting paid and don't care about advancing your career.

    Cons

    Once you're on a contract, the management no longer cares about you or your career progression. It's a very "Washington" mentality. People within the company won't try to get to know you if you have nothing to offer them. This is the place to go to get the best training on how to become a DC government worker bee.

    Advice to Management

    You're going to lose your best people if you continue treating them like worker drones. You all need to get off your high horse pedestals and put some effort into developing talent.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Name Bad Employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company has a unique position in govt contracting and I guess the name on your resume.

    Cons

    Some employees are very arrogant and belittle co-workers.Very unethical employees and some are racist towards minorities/LGBT and others within the organization. They try to market themselves as though they are a big innovation and engineering firm ,but they are nothing more than a body shop company. VERY VERY bad culture.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looting American people with tax dollars.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Unethical and Overbearing Body Shop"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Average 401k matching. Most of the non management level employees were good people.

    Cons

    Their business model is to hire high ranking military officials and win contacts via connections. They have no care in the world if they actually fulfill the job. Where I was at they destroyed the morale of people who were there before by lowering their pay and housing allowance, claiming they get '$5000/year for training". This was also a fraud; it was just a justification for their ridiculous overhead expenses. The bottom line is they will do absolutely nothing for their employees if your contact doesn't explicitly mention it as a necessity. There were also people staffed overseas who were considered 'local hires' a year after they were stationed. That means they must pay their own way back to the states even if they get another job at BAH. Very, very unethical behavior with many lies to the clients. Needless to say in many places they have destroyed their reputation with their arrogant hollow corporate culture and negligence of their own workers, especially when compared to other companies who work on the same site in most cases. They also refuse to help more senior workers get high clearances when the opportunity is there. Oh yeah, and their "culture" is that of a overbearing parent punishing you repeatedly saying it's for your own good with your very own 'career' manager who knows nothing about your skills. You may think your a well oiled machine with a factory of people writing good responses to various RFP's in DC, but the reality is you are a mirage.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the body shop mentality. If you want people to stay on a contract don't wait until after the contract is already won and them offer them a substandard salary with a 3 days notice. It may be legal but it's definitely unethical. You make enough in overhead to train people at times when the client needs it. Not everything that an employee will do will be listed explicitly in an RFP; unexpected training should be budgeted. You are now known as the company that doesn't get the job done, and staffing sites with 'bodies' every few months does you no good to your reputation.


  11. "No growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Large company
    Love my colleages
    Involved in many fields

    Cons

    Not provided opportunity for growth
    Low salary



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