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"It's all about the "Company""

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Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Huntsville, AL
Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Huntsville, AL
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Company offers excellent salaries and benefits; however, those benefits have corroded significantly over the past 4 years, especially since the company went public.

Cons

Lack of work and life balance. Less than productive atmosphere - all about climbing the corporate ladder rather than doing the best in the job one holds.

Advice to Management

Allow employees who are interested in doing their current job well, not becoming a manager, to do so without pressure to constantly take on higher level duties. Not everyone wants to be in charge.

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  1. Helpful (20)

    ""Ralph's Bold Plan"...it's not working out"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are some quality people who care about their clients and their co-workers. The PTO is good and the salaries are ok. The ECAP (401K) plan is OUTSTANDING...far better than any other company I've seen. Depending on the team you're on, flex time is good and some of the management team understands team dynamics and strives to get the best from everyone. Work/life balance is good until you step into the upper ranks - life as a Sr Associate and Principal becomes a work-work balance.

    Cons

    Specific issues are the new minimum 42 hours of billable work for your client THEN do your proposal, marketing and admin work on top. I've watched many of my peers and team members look upon Sunday as another workday to get everything accomplished.

    Also, the late winter of 2012 purge was handled poorly. Since the senior leadership/partners enacted the PR campaign of touting "Ralph's Bold Plan" was going to be good for the company - the company has seen their stock tumble almost 18%, and many of the Principals and Sr Associates who survived the purge are simply buying time to collect their annual bonus - then they will leave. Supposedly the firm "predicted" this and as such are poised to pay out larger than normal bonus to the managers in an attempt to retain...however, they will find they are pouring money into people who are leaving.

    The recent federal ruling and loss of the large IDIQ contracts (SURVIAC/IATAC) means BAH (and other large, previously entrenched in the DoD firms) will need to compete all their contracts against lean, agile small firms who don't have sky high multiples - a serious issue which must be quickly addressed. The senior leadership needs to revamp how it approaches the market, how it makes itself financially competitive, and return to the days of taking care of its people.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people - be HONEST in how cuts are made, and will be made - be OPEN about the plan for the future and don't try to spin a bunch of "hogwash" (my grandmother's favorite phrase after "well, isn't that special"). Your employees WERE loyal and caring - and they are watching intently at how you handle the company and the current slump.


  2. Helpful (15)

    "If you are considering BAH as an employer, please reconsider."

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

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

    Pros

    The healthcare benefits are excellent.
    The vacation benefit is on par with industry.
    The general work environment is professional and there are some really smart and hard working people in the organization.

    Cons

    The upper management, principals and above are very disconnected from the organization. I was in the firm for over a year yet the only time I met my principal was when he hired me and when he laid me off.

    The staffing process is a joke, there is no process you are expected to apply to each job as you would externally and have go to through the same process (i.e. multiple interviews, non responsive hiring managers, recruiters and even negotiate salaries due to salary caps). There is no help from the internal resource managers.

    In terms of work, most of the work is staff augmentation. There are very limited consulting opportunities, for the most part BAH is operating as a staffing firm where it fills seats with its resources.

    BAH hired several hundred people for its new "commercial practice" yet laid them off within a matter of 3-6 months so job stability is non-existent.

    You are expected to take any project whether it is a skillset match or not or even aligned with your career goals just to keep your job.

    There is no severance process, you are just given a 2 week notice and shown the door unlike most of the top tier consulting firms.

    The assessment process is very cumbersome and biased. They say it is a 360 feedback yet only specific feedback is filtered into the final assessment to ensure that you get the planned "assessment"

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire people if you don't have the work or signed contracts.
    Cut all the overhead costs (Senior Associates and above) to make your your hourly rates more realistic and competitive with the market landscape.

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