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"Struggling with Change"

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Current Employee - Associate
Current Employee - Associate
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Pros

Booz Allen has great people working for it. They really go out of their way to take care of each other both personally and professionally. It is refreshing to see that most of them put the client first in their work and normally let the quality of their work stand as the reason a client should hire them for future work. Great opportunities for professional development if you can be disciplined and set aside the time to do it. Extensive internal training resources and $5k available for external training and tuition assistance

Cons

Booz Allen seems to be struggling with change...changing from a private to public firm and also the changes that are occurring in government spending. Prior these two events, employees, with few exceptions, were able to completely focus on giving 100 percent and more to the client. However, today with financial pressures of being public and fewer government dollars to go around, new work is becoming more and more difficult to capture, leaving many employees on the bench waiting for new work to come. In the past, this wasn't a big deal, but today employee time on the bench is finite and lack of work (LOW) letters are getting issued much more quickly and frequently...no billable work means you may have to find new employment with another company. This is also having a partial effect on projects the start getting close to completion. Instead of being completely focused on the work, employees are starting to worry more and more about whether or not they will be able to get assigned billable work after their current project wraps up. This, in my opinion, can distract employees from the work that they should be focused on. This isn't anything new to the consulting world, but it is new to this company and may lead to problems down the road if not handled properly. It would really be unfortunate if this great company loses the ability to differentiate itself from its competitors...which is its people and their ability to alway put the client's interest first

Advice to Management

There really needs to be more effective communication firm-wide about the lack of billable work for some areas of the firm and what the firm is doing to help it overcome these difficult situations.

Other Employee Reviews for Booz Allen Hamilton

  1. Helpful (1)

    "overworked and under appreciated"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leadership fosters a culture of collaboration, networking, teamwork. Compensation is significant at leadership levels due to bonus pool.

    Cons

    work level is excessively high


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great at first, then went downhill..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company has good benefits
    Some telework opportunities are available, but far a few between
    Chance to gain experience working with excellent clients

    Cons

    Bait and switch hiring.
    Hired for a local "long term" contract, then told less than a year later funding disappearing.
    Being told that I may need to significantly increase my commute for other positions with no additional pay.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach - if you're going to talk about how great the work life balance is in Booz Allen, treat your employees with a little more respect

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