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"Good company - many opportunities to succeed"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Developer in Norfolk, VA
Current Employee - Software Developer in Norfolk, VA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

- Challenging, interesting work
- Great employees
- Good benefits (large annual training/certification allowance is great for developers)
- You are recognized/rewarded for going above and beyond

Management does not hold your hand, but they do provide you with the tools needed to succeed. It's up to each individual capitalize on the many opportunities for success.

Cons

- Unstable defense market
- Recent reduction in 401k, went from amazing to just good

Advice to Management

- Stop reducing benefits

Other Employee Reviews for Booz Allen Hamilton

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    "Used to be great, now declining"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    BAH does a decent job of finding new work for existing employees, although this is becoming more difficult since losing several large contracts recently.
    - Their large size means that they can prime contracts, which has some perks.
    - Flexible work hours are great for avoiding traffic.

    Cons

    In 2007 managing director Marc Gerencser said that, "being privately held allowed the firm to consider long-range investments that companies beholden to shareholders might not be able to make". He was right and since going public in 2010, BAH has been on a steady decline from an employee perspective.

    Traditionally BAH has valued their people as their biggest asset and salaries and benefits proved it, but that has changed. Salaries are flat--no raises for management this year and small or no raises for others, but CEO Ralph Shrader managed to get a 47% increase. Vacation and 401K contributions are being cut this year and next year. Sure government contracting is hurting all over, but BAH compensation and benefits are now no better (and in some cases, worse) than their competitors.

    Under Ralph Schrader's leadership, BAH has become extremely liberal. Here are some of the forums that are sponsored and encouraged at the firm:

    Administrative Professionals Forum
    African American Forum
    Armed Services Forum
    Asia & Pacific American Forum
    DiverseABILITY Forum
    Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Employees (GLOBE)
    Latin American Forum
    Middle East and North Africa Forum (MENA)
    Multinational Forum
    Native American Forum
    Parents’ Forum
    Rising Leaders Forum
    Women’s Forum

    With all this focus on diversity, the firm seems to have lost its identity of being a cohesive team with the most technically competent workforce.

    One last item: annual assessments. The firm knows this is a problem because they keep changing the process every 2 years, but it's still an arduous task with questionable benefits. Every year my feedback it to learn more about the business side of things, and every year I feel like quitting when I hear that.

    Advice to Management

    Turn your focus back on building and rewarding a competent workforce and stay out of politics. Fix or discard the painful annual assessment process. Stop cutting benefits.


  2. "Booz Allen Hamilton is a company that takes care of their own."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Consultant in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employer, especially for folks right out of college. Booz is a respected consulting company that looks great on a resume, and the company invests in their employees to ensure they're capable of providing the maximum benefit for their client.

    Cons

    One word: sequester. Consultant/Contractor environment with the government can cause friction and conflict at times as well.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes the client is wrong.

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