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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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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. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work environment and people

    Cons

    Can sometimes be hard to align career interests


  2. "Warfare Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities, corporate culture, compensation & benefits.

    Cons

    Fewer senior position opportunities due to tightening market, flattening compensation.


  3. "Great place to start your career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great place to start your career, employee development taken seriously

    Cons

    Can get stuck in a particular industry/ market based upon your line of mgmt

    Advice to Management

    Provide employees more flexibility to move across markets


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great company with a lot of opportunities and potential"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Crystal City, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Crystal City, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Booz Allen has a very unique and professional work environment which allows you to realize your full potential. The opportunities are only limited by what you want and are willing to pursue. Leadership is very involved and has interests in getting to know every individual (of course depending on your individual team/cluster). Everyone I met at the firm was always willing to help others, eager to learn, and very involved. Senior leadership tries their best to keep all team members engaged through multiple events and activities during and after hours. The firm really gives you the capability to grow yourself as a professional by providing training, workshops, etc. that you can attend in order to expand your skill set. Managers are there to help you and will work with you according to the type of work life you desire. Climbing up the promotional ladder is systematic as all the levels come with prerequisites and requirements one must complete/meet in order to be promoted. This firm strives to remain apparent and above the trend in the current market. Overall, I would really recommend Booz Allen to a friend or colleague simply due to all of the opportunities for self/professional growth.

    Cons

    Finding the exact project that suites your needs can be quite challenging. At times, between projects, you can be sitting on the bench for long periods of time waiting/looking for a project to be available. Of course, the way to avoid this is always be proactive and look out for new opportunities as well as have an awareness regarding when your project/support ends. It always depends on what work is available and where your current standing is. Frequently, you can find yourself not finding a suitable project of your desire for weeks/months. New projects don't always follow the same line of work or have the same required skills which makes continuity of specific work an issue. Often times, you have to accept what you end up with.
    Salaries are somewhat in the below average - average range. Within the course of a year, I have seen multiple people leave the firm for better pay.

    Advice to Management

    Management should try their best to tailor opportunities for individuals and their needs. I believe they should be more proactive in supplying the best possible opportunities for their employees (even though, this isn't always possible in the real world)


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Work Life Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Day ends at 5PM, lots of growth opportunities, access to leadership, mentor programs, and team envrinoments

    Cons

    Commute to client site, technology, lack of mobility, lacking benefits

    Advice to Management

    Understand the challenges with client site delivery, give commuting and wellness benefits to ALL staff, and give credit towards cell service.


  7. "Booz Allen"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large network, ambitious staff, decent benefits

    Cons

    Your experience will depend on your admin team. Some are money focused and others are people focused.


  8. "Good enough"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Steady hours, good lifestyle, easy pace

    Cons

    Clients not all that motivating


  9. "Lead Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Intellectual challenges
    Opportunity to work on a variety of projects

    Cons

    Little job stability, must constantly be developing your skills in new areas to remain relevant


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, it is up to you though to grow there"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to further your career without having to look outside, however it is up to you to seek those opportunities. It is easy to be stereotyped and siloed into a program here.

    Cons

    Depending on the program, upper management can sometimes be disconnected with how work actually gets carried out.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with lower level staff.


  11. "Sr. Consultant"

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

    * You will work with and learn from plenty of smart people who are working on really interesting and cutting edge projects. The exposure to these colleagues is invaluable to grow professionally.
    * You will also work with important clients and help them to solve challenging problems and make an impact.
    * Great benefits. Booz Allen provides annual funds for career development and professional training. You also have access to plenty of internal free courses.
    * Branding. Booz Allen has a very good reputation among consulting firms.
    * Friendly Coworkers, good environment and nice offices.
    * There are community service opportunities.

    Cons

    * Your experience could vary depending on which project you're on and who your management is.



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