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"General Observations"

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Current Employee - Lead Associate in McLean, VA
Current Employee - Lead Associate in McLean, VA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Very intelligent staff, exceptional collaboration.

Cons

Too profit driven now and the hoteling system is breaking relationships

Advice to Management

Reconsider hoteling.

Other Employee Reviews for Booz Allen Hamilton

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Should have been better."

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    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Name brand recognition, continuing education benefits are available to all, not just a percentage of employees, and exposure to some very intelligent and talented colleagues.

    Cons

    Arrogance.

    The inflexible corporate structure does not lend itself towards putting together the best qualified teams of professionals to succeed at customer solutions. Principals and Sr. Associates often assign unqualified consultants simply because their performance numbers are skewed towards employees in their downstream being billable before seeking competence from across teams.

    I have seen leadership turn a blind eye to providing the best solution for a client if it went against quarterly profit goals.

    Rapid growth from 2001 to 2009 created a shift in the firm from consulting to staff augmentation. Pressures upon Sr. Associates to meet business development goals led to pursuit of government staff augmentation contracts that were actually beneath BAH's former stature as a leading consultancy.

    Advice to Management

    Rid the firm of outside performance pressures due to being a publically traded firm and return to privately held ownership. Focus on profit margins versus year-after-year growth which has actually led to dilution of your brand.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Consulting now degenerates into staff augmentation"

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    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

    Good Pay (if you negotiate high when you start with the company)
    Excellent Benefits
    Excellent Training
    You do meet some nice people

    Cons

    Firm no longer is a place about teamwork, collaboration and growth
    Principals care less about being team leaders and dump on Senior Associates who never have time to fulfull their role as Career Managers. And being a Lead Associate is a thankless job.
    They are firing experienced employees and replacing them with cheaper labor categories

    Booz used to be a special place to work with lots of opportunties to get on interesting projects. Not so anymore. In fact, if you're a HUMAN CAPITAL professional, STAY AWAY from this place as they are laying people off. And since June of 2012, the new trend is experienced staff are quitting at a fast pace.

    Since going public and closing offices under the guise of "hoteling," the firm has lost its way and it's really not a collaborative environment anymore. I've been around the firm a long time and it's simply dreadful that people no longer talk to one another and that the Senior Associates and above do VERY little to help you find a project.

    It's not a safe place to work anymore. Watch the reviews here.....see the pattern. Shrader just sent out a bulletin to let people know they are about to lay off a lot of folks due to "limited opportunities," so the writing is on the wall.

    Advice to Senior Management – Go back to the model where teamwork and collabboration was key, hire people to do business development versus trying to get everyone to be a salesman, learn to appreciate employees more, revive the connection with folks at client sites and start speaking the truth in VP meetings. Don't tell us we need to have fun and then guilt people into charging their time for an all hands meeting...


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