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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated October 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Work/Life balance (depending on your contract) (in 516 reviews)

  • Most projects make it easy to work from home a day a week, if not 100% of the time (in 84 reviews)

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

  • If not, employees get lack of work notice (in 81 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (29)

    "Great Company, Smart People"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, and there is always work as an associate Subcontracts admin. Most Client Staff are great to work with. the Subcontracts team is very interactive and work closely with each other. If you dont know it, just ask, no one will undermine your work.

    Cons

    The internal and Government processes are intense and takes a lot of know how.
    Some client staff are difficult, but manageable because of great Subcontracts Leadership

    Advice to Management

    Great Subncontracts Management team, although work is hard, the management is great.


  2. "Booz Allen is “OK”"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior 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

    The pay is good and so is the flexible hours, but it’s still just a contracting company like all the others out there. Don’t be too loyal and keep your own interests in mind when it comes to opportunities. They will get rid of you if there isn’t any billable work.

    Cons

    They will make an attempt to find you another contract once your current contract is finished or the client gets tired of you, but you will be terminated after about two weeks if you don’t quickly find another position.

    Advice to Management

    Management is often left with their hands tied, if the client lacks the willingness to communicate.

  3. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Lexington Park, MD
    Current Employee - Consultant in Lexington Park, MD
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    -great coworkers
    -flexible work/life balance
    -easy access to mgmt
    -engaging client facing work

    Cons

    -pay the good people that stand out


  4. "Great Company, Solid Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible work schedule, exciting projects to work on.

    Cons

    You go through periods of having hardly any work to do, or up to your eyes in projects to accomplish. Working for the government means a lot of "hurry up and wait" or fluctuating project due dates. Salary and raises aren't much, but comparable to what you'll find at other companies in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more feedback and growth opportunities for employees.


  5. "PM Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, transitioning to agile

    Cons

    Confident team which support each other

    Advice to Management

    Be confident


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great room for technical growth"

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    Current Employee - Lead Engineer/Technologist in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer/Technologist in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity exists for growing your technical skills

    Cons

    A lot of the benefits have been drastically reduced since going public.


  7. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities in this company.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

  8. "Difficult changes"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues, very smart people, challenging work

    Cons

    Too top heavy, too many silos

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the middle and lower levels, weed out expensive partners who aren't contributing


  9. "Like Family"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Easy to speak with management
    Diversity of assignments
    Training available

    Cons

    Fit with projects outside skill set
    Pressure to find work when on bench

    Advice to Management

    Please work with Seniors ahead of time of mitigate time on bench


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Overview of Booz Allen Hamilton"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Decent Brand Name: Booz Allen Hamilton still has a relatively strong brand name due to the size and history of the company (about a $5B company with a management consulting history), which allows for stronger exit options (as in it will help you get an interview when you have Booz Allen on your resume).

    Above Avg. Culture: The work/life balance is strong (think 40 to 50 hours/week, but this depends on project/division). There are many company events and ways to get involved (only if you're based in D.C.). The work environment leans collaborative vs. competitive. The company focuses on driving towards an inclusive environment and a dress for your workday policy; this means all races and types of people are welcome and you can typically dress down a little from what you would expect from a consulting firm.

    Public Sector Work: If you enjoy working within the govt. space and learning about how the govt. operates, then Booz Allen is a good option for you. Almost all work is with the govt. and you'll get to interact with govt. employees, officials, and really every other aspect of the govt. Booz's website is a good place to see what type of work they do. Some examples: IT implementation, business process re-engineering, project management, program management, change management, strategic communications, Cybersecurity, other technical fields etc.

    Nonpartisan Operation: Booz Allen's work will exist no matter what political party is in power. Booz Allen's work is not partisan and Booz will typically stay away from anything that may be too much of a risk or touchy subject (Booz is a very risk averse company). Partisan politics do not play into Booz's daily operations, so if you fear that you'll be working for "x" party, you're not; Booz Allen is a business, it will execute effectively on govt. contracts to implement govt. policies or improve govt. operations, etc., and it's very much less about the politics.

    Cons

    Management Consulting No More: Many people associate Booz Allen with Management Consulting, but this perception is become ever more obsolete. The projects for the govt. are typically very long (think a year or longer). Most projects now are staff augmentation, IT implementation, program management (administrative oversight), Cybersecurity, or other technical fields. It is very important to recognize that management consulting work is no longer a prevalent area for Booz Allen because if you're looking to gain the core management consulting skillsets, you should look at other firms.

    Poor Compensation: The pay is far below industry standards. Senior leaders will say our "competitors" are other major management consulting firms, but in reality there are major issues with that statement. 1) the other management consulting firms will pay anywhere from 10% to 50% more in salary with the average falling between 10%-50% more. 2) Booz Allen does not really do the same work as other major management consulting firms. You cannot say that public sector "consulting" is the same as private sector consulting because of one important reason: typically the skillsets gained from public sector consulting are not completely identical to that of private sector consulting. Consequently, Booz Allen employees will lack certain skills that are necessary for transitioning to private sector/industry firms. These skills that management consultants at Booz will lack typically fall into the quantitative analysis category (many who read this may disagree and say that Booz has lots of Data Scientists...well please read the next section).

    Qualitative and Quantitative Separation: The typical perception of "management consulting" work is powerpoint and excel everyday with powerpoint being the qualitative/strategy/communications/soft skills side and the excel being the quantitative analysis/hard skills side. There is an interesting phenomenon at Booz where if you're a "management consultant" you're left with the qualitative and strategic side of things and the quantitative is left to the "data scientists". In a world where a balanced skillset between analytical skills in excel and qualitative/soft skills is becoming ever more important, stripping Booz Allen management consultants of their opportunities to learn the quant. side of things truly hurts their careers.

    Non-HQ Workers are Treated Terribly: If you work in any geography location (meaning anywhere but the HQ locations in D.C.) you have a TREMENDOUS amount of downside to your job/career. You're treated like a second class citizen because you are not part of the "club" in D.C.; this means as a geography employee, your projects are worse, you are stuck on bad projects, you are limited to a small number of clients, you are limited to certain types of work/projects, leadership doesn't pay attention to you, your pay is less, your activities aren't paid for by the company, you don't get as much training or staff development time, you are disconnected from the firm, you are not able to network, D.C. people think you're not good enough, you're seen as expendable (firings left and right can occur at ease in a downturn), you'll always be picked last for exciting opportunities (meaning you'll never be picked at all), your advancement opportunities hit a ceiling at a point, and much more. It is critical for those seeking opportunities at Booz to recognize the downsides they will face if they do not work in the D.C. offices. Please take heed. The experience in D.C. however, is much better. If I worked in D.C. I would give Booz 3 stars instead of 2.

    No Vision/Major Growth Opportunities for the FIrm: Booz does not seem to have a strategic path to the future. And this makes sense given the nature of the govt. work (and consulting firms in general as professional services firms have trouble innovating). Booz will only grow if the govt. grows its needs. As a result, Booz exists as long as the govt. exists (which is forever). But at the same time, the govt. will not likely undergo any sweeping/fundamental changes, and that means neither will Booz (so expect the work to stay status quo for the long haul).

    Large and Segmented Company: Booz is a large organization, it's like having multiple public sector consulting companies mashed into one. For example, the defense and civil side operate almost as completely different entities. As a result, these entities can have different cultures, work/life balances, skillsets needed, etc. Take note of which part of the company you're applying for to determine if it will be a good fit.

    Advice to Management

    It is obvious to the employees that client focus is important, that it how we pay our bills as a firm. At the same time, it is also obvious that the company has stripped all resources that focus on the employee happiness and retention. All employee engagement campaigns seem like cost-saving gimmicks. Many HR and recruiting functions are outsourced (and they suck). Benefits have been slashed. More and more rules and regulations are placed on funding employee functions. Booz is becoming a bare bones firm when it comes to taking care of it's employees. That is not a good model, or at least not somewhere I'd like to work.


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