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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated February 25, 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 (83)

    "Great people, terrible business"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  2. "Senior Consultant"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast-paced environment, Intelligent staff, and caring management.

    Cons

    Less than adequate career managers. Need to be able to fend for yourself when it comes to your own career.

    Advice to Management

    Allow consultants to choose their career managers if they are not compatible.


  3. "Senior Energy Consultant - Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Energy Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Energy Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Booz Allen offers a great opportunity for anyone to learn and gain experience quickly through a large range of projects.

    Cons

    Energy sector is small and can sometimes make it hard to find projects that meet your overall career goals.


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  5. "Information Security Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for growth if on a project long enough. There are opportunities for change with different roles all over the country so one isn't locked into one position.

    Cons

    I have experienced favoritism among "high performers". They are always first to get picked for projects even if they have other engagements going on. Some aren't given the chance to perform because they may be on the bench for a while and can't truly showcase their abilities.

    Advice to Management

    Push training and mentoring programs for new employees to get acclimated to the consulting culture. This will groom everyone for success, junior staff and veterans.


  6. "Incredible range of careers available"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Career flexibility, work life balance

    Cons

    Benefits are not quite as lucrative as years' past


  7. "Lead Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Lead in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Team Lead in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Core Values that are lived by most

    Cons

    Not many private industry of clients


  8. "Excellent People"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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

    Excellent People, amazing work and even better clients

    Cons

    Leadership sometimes forgets about those in the shadows


  9. "communications specialist, senior"

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    Current Employee - Senior Communications Specialist in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Communications Specialist in Springfield, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, broadening opportunities, job security

    Cons

    lower than average salary and bonus


  10. "Administrative Profesional"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton as a contractor

    Pros

    Gain professional experience
    Great networking opportunities
    Entry level positions

    Cons

    Strict management
    Replaceable mentality
    Some people hold their status over your head


  11. "Systems Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse Client Profile, Promotion of a quality Work/Life Balance, Interesting Work Available, Great non-work events are organized, some Family Focused and some Networking and Recruitment, and Solid Investment in Employee Progression

    Cons

    Engagement with Senior Leadership is sometimes sparse. It is possible to hide in a large company, and the "Career Guide" model is taking measures to improve.

    Advice to Management

    Come to as many events as you can, promote as many events as you can, it only strengthens the unity of your career teams and the unity of the company.



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