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"Excellent experience"

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Former Employee - Associate Database Architect in Herndon, VA
Former Employee - Associate Database Architect in Herndon, VA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Stable, worldwide firm with great people and a true corporate integrity. Great array of clients across most US government agencies and some state & local, and foreign agencies. A growing healthcare practice, and limited foray back into commerical business.

Cons

None. No negative experiences while with the firm. Only left due to the US governmane sequester which de-funded my contract.

Other Employee Reviews for Booz Allen Hamilton

  1. Helpful (11)

    "Sad Decline of a Storied Name"

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    Current Employee - Lead Associate in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for new grads. Unique client work. Opportunities to have significant client impact early in a career.

    Cons

    Completely different firm since going public. Morale has gone from abysmal to tragic. Senior leadership seems distracted and disengaged from the realities of 2014 and middle management remains excessively large and predominantly clueless. MBA's, subject matter experts, and other specialists need not apply- they wont know what to do with you.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the patronizing; Start communicating; Pay attention when your top talent leaves in droves; Senior management ranks remain bloated and clueless; Morale is non-existent; Start listening to people outside your executive committees, perferably Lead Associate or below.


  2. Helpful (14)

    "Getting worse every year"

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    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, decent salary, ability to work from home (dependent on client needs), lots of generally nice people below senior management

    Cons

    Benefits and opportunities keep getting cut. High performers are getting 2% raises even in growing markets (e.g., health), and average performers are getting 0%. Opportunities to do business development (proposal work and white papers) are rare now because of the increased emphasis on direct labor - some of us who used to be 85% billable now are set at 95%, so any additional work you want to do or are required to do is all on what would have been your own time. This is starting to hurt the company's business prospects, because fewer strong performers are raising their hands for things that will help in the long term (white papers, proposal work, etc) and are focusing only on billable work - that is the most important thing.

    The acquisition by Carlyle a few years back has chipped away at our available overhead. Overhead is what pays for marketing work, thought leadership, team building, covering strong producers who are on the beach for a short period of time, even things like new hire lunches. When Carlyle sold a division of Arinc to Booz (yes, Carlyle sold a division to itself, essentially), that meant a chunk of our overhead now goes to pay Carlyle for buying something that it still owns. When we took out a loan to pay dividends to our shareholders (mostly Carlyle), that meant a chunk of our overhead goes to paying back our loan. Carlyle uses Booz as a magic money machine. Our leadership at Booz will say again and again that Carlyle lets them manage us without interfering - but that is only true so far as managing what is left after Carlyle squeezes out more cash.

    People who have been here forever are finally leaving. I'm just waiting for the right lifeboat, myself.

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