Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews in San Diego, CA | Glassdoor

Booz Allen Hamilton San Diego Reviews

Updated July 12, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Great Stepping Stone"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Professional development and networking
    - Leadership opportunities (if you're a go-getter)
    - Certification and further education opportunities
    - Collaboration culture among employees, always there for each other

    Cons

    - Government clients can be a hit or miss, which has huge impacts for your career depending on your luck of the draw
    - Company can be slow to move you off a bad client situation just because you're making them money by being on that contract
    - High turnover rate, best practices get lost easily

    Advice to Management

    Take your employees' career desires seriously. If you attend to their needs, especially when they're in a sub-par client situation, you can easily prevent such a high turnover.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with numerous opportunities in the San Diego area and across the country

    Cons

    - Constant change exacerbated by lack of change management.
    - Excessive overhead costs that drive uncompetitive rates.
    - Unethical human resource practices.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Solid Government Consulting Firm"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Work/Life balance and co-workers

    Cons

    Must be fully billable all the time


  4. "Dream Internship"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Chance to work with higher-ups; internship similar to starting level consultant work.

    Cons

    A very specific, conservative office-culture and community.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, especially if you work off the client site.

    Cons

    Greatness is gone, they try to live off the brand name now. Causes - Split with commercial side, Private Equity cost controls, and focus mainly on quarterly performance after IPO. Salaries are capped to keep them competitive for contracts and you can't advance unless your boss advances. Now just another defense contractor.

    Advice to Management

    None. Too late to go back


  6. "Providing financial management support to clients."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in your schedule, supportive managers, training opportunities, and great benefits. Booz Allen is an excellent place to gain knowledge and experience.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to promote quickly, there is a lot of great people and it can be a competitive industry.


  7. "Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teamwork], Reach back capability, Minimum attempt tp connect with people

    Cons

    Lack of Consistency, Business over People

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Review of BAH"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers, good benefits and competitive salaries.

    Cons

    The culture change caused by the company going public made it just another large company to work for. Prior to that it was truly an exceptional experience.


  9. "Senior Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great firm, conservative, work-life balance

    Cons

    Pay, conservative, no travel, low office morale


  10. "Senior financial analyst contractor Navy"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Strong 401k plan, lots of internal activities and volunteer and charity functions, good corporate communication, strong client relationship with Navy in San Diego.

    Cons

    Uptight corporate culture, lots of internal requirements and red tape, middle of the road leave plan (PTO), many levels of management, rigid corporate structure.

    Advice to Management

    Revise dress code and encourage alternate work schedule to match with client work schedule. Pay and benefits are same as anyone else or worse, do more to separate yourself from other consulting companies.


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