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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated August 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Work/Life balance (depending on your contract) (in 503 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)

  • When a contract ends, it is your responsibility to find a new one or else receive a lack of work letter, terminating your employment (in 80 reviews)

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  1. "A fantastic company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has done an amazing job transitioning me between contracts and keeping my paid during government shutdowns.

    Cons

    Depending on your pay group some benefits, such as paid tuition, may not apply to you.


  2. "Good people, average company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great, smart people to work around. Flexible schedules/work arrangements depending on your project.

    Cons

    Inconsistent promotion criteria from team to team. Job requirements, benefits packages, and overall organization seem to change each year.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "Disappointing Experience, A Facade"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a handful of little perks that come with the job: monthly chance to win free tickets to major events, liberal telework policy, city appeal (for those who like that).

    Cons

    Booz Allen completely lacks any opportunities that are meaningful, challenging, or innovative. A large percentage of the work is staff augmentation, which is miserable. Almost all of their projects are things that the client is too lazy to do themselves. There is no actually need for Booz Allen, they exist and thrive out of the mere convenience of their clients and nothing more.

    Also, Booz Allen is extraordinarily cheap.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pursuing any and every opportunity with a dollar value. You are so concerned with being good at everything and the result is that you are good at nothing.

    You all have a terrible retention problem. Booz is not seen as a place people can actually have a career, it's merely a place where people because there is a lack of meaningful work. Your retention problem WILL NOT be solved by coming up with nonsensical "values". Your younger employees want relevancy, not meaningless and insincere, made-up nonsense.

    Also, stop pretending that you have any footing in engineering work. You don't. You should never hire anyone with an engineering degree. You will never need them.

    I had a difficult time getting another job at a legitimate company with Booz Allen on my resume. Booz was literally a stain on my resume.


  4. "Good so far"

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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

    - Competitive compensation
    - Work from home
    - Flexibility in work location

    Cons

    - Typical red tape associated with getting things processed

    Advice to Management

    Do not be content with how processes are currently setup. Always be open to change.


  5. "Lot's of Come-back Kids"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, People who leave often return

    Cons

    Pace is at the mercy of slow Government processes so sometimes advancement is out of your hands

    Advice to Management

    Switch back to teams grouped by function, not by client market.


  6. "Senior Consultant"

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    • 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

    Booz Allen has a work atmosphere that is unmatched

    Cons

    The firm revolves heavily around who you know

    Advice to Management

    Connect with the lower echelon of employees


  7. "Great Company!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love working for Booz Allen! It's a great company, and the people are brilliant and helpful. A ton of growth and learning potential.

    Cons

    The culture is very different to other companies. While many employees like the concept of hoteling, it can make some employees feel lonely (depending on your project/team).

  8. "Lead Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    flexibility and comfort of working for large company

    Cons

    About the same as any other company

    Advice to Management

    Be wary of who you hire into leadership positions as they dictate the culture of their organization


  9. "Growth Opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of room to grow professionally, build a large network, and get promoted

    Cons

    Certain project can be a bit boring


  10. "A Quality Work Place With A Few Negatives"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    If you're on good admin and project teams, you can have a good career. There are some really great people that work for Booz Allen.

    Cons

    Too much focus on leadership and not enough on building up employees. Favoritism is big. If you aren't "in" don't expect to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Genuinely care about your employees rather than leadership and the bottom line. I think you'll better retain quality talent.


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