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Booz Allen Hamilton Washington DC Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Work/Life balance (depending on your contract) (in 521 reviews)

  • Most projects make it easy to work from home a day a week, if not 100% of the time (in 85 reviews)

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

  • If not, employees get lack of work notice (in 82 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (33)

    "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. Helpful (204)

    "Great people, terrible business"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great. Everyone -- even the difficult types -- are eager to work and excel. There are some senior officers with questionable morality, but most people here are great people to work with.

    Cons

    1. Federal clients. Don't forget that you'll move at their pace, not yours.
    2. The nature of the job means that sooner or later you'll be strategizing ways to get more money from the client (i.e. federal government), regardless of whether or not you'll actually add value. BAH runs on government money, a large chunk from DoD, and thus is part of the bigger problem we have in this country with fiscal responsibility.
    3. Living off the American taxpayer. Much of the money that flies around in DC is at the expense of everyone else everywhere else in the US, BAH is a major player in this system, particularly the defense technology sector.
    4. You'll never get paid what you're worth. The three lowest ranks (Consultant, Sr. Consultant, Associate) seldom make what they're worth, while senior management (looking at you, officers) make insane amounts of money.

    Advice to Management

    I'm leaving this job for two reasons, despite being hand-picked and groomed for greater responsibility by senior management.

    1. You weren't paying me enough to do the job; especially when you factor in the amount of stress this job puts on a human being, the amount of time I sacrificed with my family, the amount of guilt this job inspired in me as an American.
    2. The job is not meaningful to anyone who doesn't lust for profits. At some point each of us gets a look at how the sausage is made, and then it becomes clear that the government is basically asking (literally sending out solicitations and announcements) to be ripped off. They don't need what we're selling, but they buy it anyways because Congress tells them to. This buys Congress fancy retirement plans at the same businesses that profit. But everyone else loses, and Booz Allen isn't doing enough to be a part of our nation's long-term fiscal stability.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot, even if you already know a lot. Highly structured, compensation , benefits, coworkers, free meals

    Cons

    Can be daunting at times with the fast pace and eye for perfection


  4. "Great place to get feet wet in cyber security"

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    Former Intern - Summer Games in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Summer Games in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location, great work life balance

    Cons

    No over time pay for interns


  5. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Booz Allen has a lot of room for growth. They truly invest in their employees.

    Cons

    No cons to share at this time.


  6. "12 year employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very diverse, high quality people, emphasis on values

    Cons

    higher priced proposals in competition with small and cut rate businesses


  7. Helpful (1)

    "It All Depends on the Project"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at Booz Allen can be a lot of fun. There are a lot of brilliant people who work there and you have the flexibility to change projects if you don't like the work you're doing. Benefits are good with a great 401(k) match and generous leave.

    Cons

    How much you enjoy your work, what the work life balance is and if you like your manager all depends on the project and client. Many projects limit your hours to just 40 hours a week so you can have a good work life balance (though you may have administrative tasks or proposal efforts on top of that) but others don't so those projects can easily turn into 60-80 hour a week affairs. Also, if you got off a project there is strong pressure to find a new one as quickly as possible or you'll receive a Lack of Work and be laid off. Some admin teams are more strict about this than others so some will give you more time and resources while others immediately toss you aside. The work can vary too, depending on the project. Some clients are great and the work is fast-paced and interesting while others are slow, frustrating and repetitive. The benefit of all this is that if you have a crappy client or admin team, you have the ability to switch around until you find one that suits your desires more.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in innovative research and technologies. The R&D arm of Booz Allen has come up with some pretty incredible things. The career manager/job manager dynamic is tricky to navigate and can be difficult to advance or show off your hard work if your career manager hardly ever sees you while your job manager has no control over your salary or promotion.

  8. "Great place great people"

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    Current Employee - Windows Systems Engineer in Leesburg, VA
    Current Employee - Windows Systems Engineer in Leesburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly. Everything is very cutting edge. If you ever have an idea your team lead is very much willing to consider it. Work from home all the time.

    Cons

    Basically nothing. After reading the reviews before I got this Jon I was hesitant but they’re very wrong... at least internally where u work. I can’t speak for client side.


  9. "Great company with lots of growth potential"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lead Software Engineer in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Lead Software Engineer in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for with excellent benefits. Great mobility with possibilities to go on different projects. Good growth prospects.

    Cons

    People are often spread thin among projects, especially if you work at a client site. Wish it would go back to a more consulting like atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    More networking event based on functional roles so people can interact across teams. If I didn't join the firm 7 years ago, I wouldn't know as much people.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Much hype about data science initiatives, little substance or expertise."

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    Former Employee - Lead Scientist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Lead Scientist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a fast and clear path to promotion, given that you work hard and buy into the company's strategic initiatives.

    Cons

    This is the wrong place to work if you hope to carry out R&D work in data science. The company likes to hire STEM PhDs in an attempt to hype and sell data science expertise. But their main revenue streams come through performing rather bland IT work for the federal government. There are a few interesting R&D initiatives within the company. However they are given extremely low priority amongst management, and are intended primarily for the production of marketing material as opposed to genuinely creating a new capability or application.

    In summary, even if you're hired as a "senior data scientist," chances are that the majority of your day to day work will consist of making power point decks and working with Excel.

    Advice to Management

    When hiring people, give a clear picture of the "billable" projects they will actually be working on the majority of their time. Turnover is high among scientists at the company. And it is largely due to hiring teams providing unrealistic expectations of the work they will be performing upon hire.


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