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Booz Allen Hamilton Washington Reviews

Updated August 17, 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. "Standard Government Contractor"

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    Current Employee - Lead Technologist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Lead Technologist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy to advance if you put in extra work

    Cons

    Company websites are clunky and confusing


  2. "It all depends on your client and coworkers"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, client-side atmosphere was enjoyable

    Cons

    Creativity discouraged not much opportunity for input

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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'll work with smart and kind people. I've never really met someone at the firm that I didn't like.
    -Lots of firm happy hours and networking events.

    Cons

    -There can be uncertainty around landing projects but that's the nature of consulting.
    -Limited ability to transfer to different accounts within the firm. (Did tons of networking but to no avail).
    -Most people usually end up taking on internal firm work in addition to their projects.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up all the firm-sponsored events--they're great for employee morale.


  4. "Senior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, strong teamwork

    Cons

    Minimal ability to shift across markets


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Disappointing Experience, A Facade"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a handful of little perks that come with the job: monthly chance to win free tickets to major events, liberal telework policy, city appeal (for those who like that).

    Cons

    Booz Allen completely lacks any opportunities that are meaningful, challenging, or innovative. A large percentage of the work is staff augmentation, which is miserable. Almost all of their projects are things that the client is too lazy to do themselves. There is no actually need for Booz Allen, they exist and thrive out of the mere convenience of their clients and nothing more.

    Also, Booz Allen is extraordinarily cheap.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pursuing any and every opportunity with a dollar value. You are so concerned with being good at everything and the result is that you are good at nothing.

    You all have a terrible retention problem. Booz is not seen as a place people can actually have a career, it's merely a place where people because there is a lack of meaningful work. Your retention problem WILL NOT be solved by coming up with nonsensical "values". Your younger employees want relevancy, not meaningless and insincere, made-up nonsense.

    Also, stop pretending that you have any footing in engineering work. You don't. You should never hire anyone with an engineering degree. You will never need them.

    I had a difficult time getting another job at a legitimate company with Booz Allen on my resume. Booz was literally a stain on my resume.


  6. "Great Company!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Business 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

    I love working for Booz Allen! It's a great company, and the people are brilliant and helpful. A ton of growth and learning potential.

    Cons

    The culture is very different to other companies. While many employees like the concept of hoteling, it can make some employees feel lonely (depending on your project/team).


  7. "Growth Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of room to grow professionally, build a large network, and get promoted

    Cons

    Certain project can be a bit boring

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad, but management is a problem"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge client base with opportunities to contribute across many different fields. Benefits/pay are sufficient. Great work life balance, I can work from home when I need to.

    Cons

    Poor management can strongly affect job opportunities and experience. You can quickly become out of sight, out of mind once you are billing client time and if you do not like your client project and/or internal team, it can be very difficult to change either. To find work, you have to compete internally which can feel contrived and unnatural. As soon as a client project ends, no matter how well you performed, if you do not find client work again soon you are in danger of being laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to switch internal teams, understand the value of retaining employees even when between engagements. Creating cheesy value statements is meaningless if they are not backed up in actions.


  9. "Privacy security analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    all I can say is that Booz Allen is a Good company

    Cons

    I have nothing to say

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  10. "Great Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Great teammates, great benefits. Really enjoy working here.

    Cons

    Small raises year over year


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