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Booz Allen Hamilton Washington DC Reviews

Updated March 1, 2017
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Booz Allen Hamilton President and CEO Horacio D. Rozanski
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Pros
  • Work life balance is good compared to other consulting firms because most projects are locally based (in 474 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Great Company, Smart People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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 (83)

    "Great people, terrible business"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Brilliant Staff"

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

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

    Pros

    Many levels of management within organization.

    Cons

    Short term projects make it a challenge to stay billable

    Advice to Management

    Be accountable to your team


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  5. "Senior 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced environment, Intelligent staff, and caring management.

    Cons

    Less than adequate career managers. Need to be able to fend for yourself when it comes to your own career.

    Advice to Management

    Allow consultants to choose their career managers if they are not compatible.


  6. "Senior Energy Consultant - Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Energy Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Energy Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Booz Allen offers a great opportunity for anyone to learn and gain experience quickly through a large range of projects.

    Cons

    Energy sector is small and can sometimes make it hard to find projects that meet your overall career goals.


  7. "Incredible range of careers available"

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

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

    Pros

    Career flexibility, work life balance

    Cons

    Benefits are not quite as lucrative as years' past


  8. "Lead Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Lead in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Team Lead in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Core Values that are lived by most

    Cons

    Not many private industry of clients


  9. "communications specialist, senior"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Senior Communications Specialist in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Communications Specialist in Springfield, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, broadening opportunities, job security

    Cons

    lower than average salary and bonus


  10. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get exposed to many interesting dilemmas and you have great resources to lean on.

    Cons

    The place is like a factory at times and you have to be aggressive to shine;

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be more mindful and communicate better wit employees


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Great People and Relaxed Environment. Limited Growth."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The majority of people I worked with were great, genuine people.

    Booz Allen has to be the industry leader for work/life balance. Because of this, it’s not uncommon for people to have other major sources of income on the side. It really is amazing the amount of free time you have when working for a government contractor.

    For the most part, managers are always available to talk to about any issue and they really try to put you on projects that you want. You can easily get by on 10am-4pm days. I personally know a lot people who only showed up to work when they had meetings. Also, to get a job at Booz Allen, you don't even have to do a case study.

    Booz Allen is an excellent brand name. It’s really overwhelming how highly external recruiters and firms think of Booz Allen. Obviously, this is a huge positive, since if you don’t move up as quickly as you would like at Booz Allen, you can just leave, for probably a much better offer monetarily. This is really important at any large corp, since oftentimes it is very crowded come promotion time.

    Cons

    Some in upper management and HR at Booz Allen have a bad habit of lying. This is more so than I’ve seen at really any other company I’ve worked at, so it’s worth mentioning. They will absolutely lie to you when trying to recruit you. They’ll tell you about bonuses and fast promotion. It’s important to know that it is company policy that no one below senior associate gets any bonuses, regardless of what they tell you. They have this vague concept called the ‘People Model’, but in reality it’s just a bunch of false promises; no two managers give the same definition of it.

    Booz Allen is currently in this weird stage of deciding if they should be more than a government contractor. They spend a lot amount of money (which they get from huge gov't contracts) in anything that has the word ‘innovation’ and in creating products that don’t have a legit chance of selling. That money could be better spent elsewhere; for instance, the firm wonders why their commercial arm isn’t getting any legs, but it’s really because they don’t bring in any legit rainmakers. You can’t ask government workers with no industry connections to bring in commercial business - that’s not a good strategy.

    Other than that: health benefits are relatively subpar. no bonus unless you're senior associate above, regardless of what they tell you.

    Overall: If you’re looking for an extremely relaxed environment at a big consulting shop, I really couldn’t recommend any better place to work. If you’re fairly technical and want to challenge yourself professionally, I’d recommend looking elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be a product firm. Hire more MBAs to focus on quantifying return on investment on some internal investments. Impossible to retain legit talent without bonuses.



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