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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated February 16, 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 474 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. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic management culture"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of internal paths forward for your career, including free training, easy transition between similar markets, and a career mentor program.

    There is also good infrastructure for HR and remote work.

    Cons

    For management at Booz, everything is about control. Managers are so overwhelmed, I found that for many teams I was on, they didn't even have time to assign tasks to me. When they did assign tasks to me, they didn't set expectations. Interacting with clients is a pain because the management will talk over you, interrupt you, undermine you, or just straight up tell you not to interact with clients.

    You don't actually have a job when you work here, you need to apply internally for jobs. This is difficult because people hire who they know. I have not found people helpful at all in trying to bring me in to new projects.

    Worst of all, the general incompetence in some of the markets is staggering. I've come into projects where the manager has been doing everything themselves and its going terribly. I've come into projects where nothing is happening at all. I've come into projects where I've had to rewrite entire artifacts because the previous ones were complete trash.

    I feel so alone at this company and every few months, I have to worry whether or not I'll be able to keep my job because of projects ending.

    This is not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Empower people by entrusting them. Set expectations up front instead of after the fact. Delegate. Involve people sooner. There's no reason to be up at 2am sending emails because you've been the only person on the project for 2 months.


  2. "Sr. Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good salary, bright employees, free coffee

    Cons

    Large expectations from work to mandatory volunteering.

    Advice to Management

    If there is continual overturn in a department, look at the manager.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Downhill Slide"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has a competitive benefits package.

    Cons

    High turnover rate. Company culture has taken a nose dive since going public. BAH really used to be a great employee-centric place to work. Employee orientation used to be a week long event in DC that educated the employee on the company's history, ethic, and culture. Last I was there, it was only 2 days long and Principals were in such a hurry to staff they were skipping orientation altogether. Because of the senior staff's financial incentive to grow teams, BAH has become much more about quantity of folks rather than quality. Why hire one highly qualified individual at 80k, when you can hire two inexperienced folks at 40k?

    Advice to Management

    Put half as much effort into recruiting and retaining quality employees as you do attempting to increase the bottom dollar.


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  5. "Work experience"

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

    Pros

    Willing to allow a degree of flexibility

    Cons

    Management tends to be passive aggressive with staff.
    Women do not have much hope for advancement.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Outdated consulting models and HR practices"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large network of people, and they pay tuition assistance

    Cons

    Pays women less than men, makes it difficult to receive honest feedback because senior leaders talk among themselves but don't check facts and don't share feedback with employees, use outdated model of consulting that is not what a lot of clients want these days

    Advice to Management

    Pay women same for same job, bring client input into the feedback process for every review, and do more group reviews/assessments


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Depends on your team and contract"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    - If you find a good team, you can have a good experience here.
    - Salaries can be decent, this depends on your contract.
    - The dress code was recently relaxed.
    - There are some wonderful people and if you can find them, they can guide you to decent contracts and away from toxic ones.

    Cons

    - Employees make money for BAH by sitting at a client desk for X number of hours. This means there is almost no billable time off site or face time with management.
    - The Ethics line said they did not know if BAH would ever receive a record of a complaint or where in the company it might go.
    - There were no career development or advancement opportunities.
    - Older employees blamed younger employees for pay cuts.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to switch contracts if there is a bad fit. Address workplace safety concerns immediately. Foster a mentoring environment and provide billable hours for career development.


  8. "BAH"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    This was an excellent company before it went public. Now it doesn't take care of its employees

    Cons

    If you don't have contract work they let you go.


  9. "Upward mobility"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Warrenton, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in Warrenton, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities and entry into government contracts.

    Cons

    Very difficult for upward mobility--the path is unclear and the process not well advertised, consequently, several talented people leave after 2 to 4 years.

    Advice to Management

    Advertise and encourage pursuit of strategies for upward ward mobility


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Uber Hierarchical"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Mc Lean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Mc Lean, VA

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

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely and drive in to the office just for meetings.

    Cons

    Don't expect anyone to value anything you express unless you are at least a senior associate. Otherwise, don't waste your time offering any expertise.


  11. "Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    A great place to start a career - great project management opportunities.

    Cons

    Management and leadership varies in competency throughout the organization.

    Advice to Management

    More consistent leadership development training across the organization would be helpful.



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