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Booz Allen Hamilton San Diego Reviews

Updated July 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Work/Life balance (depending on your contract) (in 497 reviews)

  • Most projects make it easy to work from home a day a week, if not 100% of the time (in 80 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. Helpful (1)

    "Overall Good Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA
    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, volunteer opportunities, decent flexibility (depending on your client), average benefits (great vacation for Associates and above)

    Cons

    Work spaces aren't ideal, Pay has decreased significantly for new hires coming in compared to 5-10 years ago


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Zombies"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -If you get to work at the corporate office, things aren't so bad. You have coffee, water, windows and your own desk.
    -Young environment
    -People know the company name
    -Can move to different positions relatively easily

    Cons

    -Micro-managed to the extreme - get ready for someone to ask you where you are if you stay in the restroom too long or a doctor appointment runs over. You have to put CALENDAR invites on every single person on your teams' calendars (5-6 people) when you have an appointment. God forbid you have to wait at the Dr an extra 30 minutes....better update that calendar invite!!!
    -Working on client site at a government facility is AWFUL: no windows (=no sunlight or access to the outside world), walk from parking lot to building is almost 1/2 a mile so you don't want to go anywhere for a break because it's such a pain, NO SPACE - 6-7 people to a cube, you work off of a laptop unless you're a lucky one that has snagged an actual computer, because there are so many people in one area there is NO privacy - don't even think about making a personal phone call or checking your personal email - you will get reprimanded
    -SUPER political and bureaucratic -everything is process driven, dull, SLOW, no creativity, black and white, 10 signatures to get one thing done
    -MEETINGS galore! There are meetings about meetings. No lie. I once sat through a meeting about how to properly structure a PowerPoint detailing what font and bullets are allowed.
    -They love busy work. They give you work to prove you're working. We are told to create complicated spreadsheets to detail every action we make, the status, details, and dates. We spend more time trying to track our actions than actually doing them.
    -Only accrue 10 hours of PTO a month

    Advice to Management

    STOP MICROMANAGING! It shows weakness in leadership and pushes your employees away. Micromanagement is a FAILURE of leadership. Employees need managers to stand behind them, not on top of them. Create a better work environment! Allow a few days of work away from client site. The clients WILL survive and guess what - the happier their support people are, the better support they will get. It's a win-win. Allow employees an allotted time to relieve stress during the day without them being penalized for going to the gym or taking some time to get some fresh air. SUPPORT mid-day gym time like most modern day companies. BAH needs to get out of the 1900's and embrace the modern times or they will have no great employees left after the old school mentality veterans die off.

  3. "Good Company for Exposure to Government Contracting"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    **The best thing about this company is its philanthropy - Booz Allen Hamilton definitely gives back to the community and many employees are active volunteers.
    **There is a wide variety of work available due to how large the company is and the various organizations that utilize BAH for support.
    **The company culture can be amazing - working in a smaller office was great because it was a close-knit community where supervisors actually cared about your success and well being (happiness). Recognition for accomplishments.
    **The benefits are top notch.

    Cons

    **The company culture can be terrible working in a larger office has meant being treated more like an FTE than a person. There is little recognition for accomplishments and, while leadership says they are concerned for personnel well being, there is very little action taking place to ensure that employees are motivated and happy.
    **Leadership has a tendency to look out for clients more than BAH staff. While I understand that the client is literally employing us, if BAH personnel are being treated poorly then it is leadership's responsibility to find a solution and/or raise awareness through the appropriate channels, which rarely happens.

    Advice to Management

    **Focus on the quality of an employee's work over their level or tenure with the company.
    **Before rolling out a new strategic plan and updating branding, ask for more employee buy in so that the staff feels like they have contributed and are invested in the vision and path forward.
    **Don't spend money on rocks that express the company values for senior leadership - it looks like a waste.


  4. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic support structure, good benefits, friendly coworkers. Flexible management and opportunities for travel.

    Cons

    No cons to share related to the company. Some frustrations related to the contracts I've worked, but Booz and my leadership have been fantastic.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  5. "Human Resources"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people rewarding work

    Cons

    Not the most competitive pay


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Average Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Solid government contracts and job security. Very good work/life balance. (Ended up at BAH through a buy-out. The transfer went well with fair treatment by BAH and with minor loss of previous benefits.)

    Cons

    Very top heavy. More of a consulting firm than a technical engineering firm. However, BAH is trying to break out of their good ole boy system stereotype. Office hoteling is the worst system one could impose on engineers.

    Advice to Management

    For work well done, cash goes a lot further than inspirational quotes etched on a ridiculous rock. Dump hoteling.


  7. "My review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    My co-workers were top notch and my client was easy to work with.

    Cons

    Depending on the program and client you support, Government consulting can easily get stale and repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    None, for the most part, my direct management was responsive and accommodating to requests.

  8. "San Diego Staff Like Family"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for especially now as the profits are up. Everyone treats each other like family, great opportunities but only on the east coast as San Diego is saturated with small business who always seem to win.

    Cons

    Opportunities are near zero - START program is emotionally difficult as it takes quite a bit of time to place some individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Don't bring anyone onto the bench until everyone is off the bench.


  9. "Excellent opportunity and benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits are available. Training and education benefits are second to none. Great opportunities to advance within the company. Great for transitioning military members to still be associated with a world they are familiar with while transitioning to full civilian life.

    Cons

    Typical challenges associated with working as a consultant. You don't always have control over who your client is or their personality.


  10. "Intelligence Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic company with competitive salary and medical benefits

    Cons

    Corporate structure is top-heavy and online management of time-card is time consuming.

    Advice to Management

    Higher salary for employees


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