Booz Allen Hamilton - In almost 7 years, have been on one client engagement, which has worked for me. Others may prefer more change. | Glassdoor
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"In almost 7 years, have been on one client engagement, which has worked for me. Others may prefer more change."

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Current Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Lead Associate in Washington, DC
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

The work ethic of people is across the board very good
Benefits pretty solid
ECAP was very good.

Cons

Heavy focus on billability vs intellectual capital development. While that is great for meeting quarterly targets, probably not as good in the long run as thought leader standing will erode.
Retirement plan moving towards industry standard

Other Employee Reviews for Booz Allen Hamilton

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Very professional co-workers and wonderful projects

    Cons

    You were at a disadvantage if you worked constantly at the client location as your peers based at a Booz Allen office would be promoted faster


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Opportunity Exists if You are Anointed by "Leadership.""

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    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary. Positions exist mostly worldwide.

    If government contracts are interesting to a prospective candidate, then this is the ideal place. If you are affordable, the firm may pay for your security clearance.

    Most people who work at client sites are intelligent, productive, and genuinely good people.

    Be prepared for a rigid management hierarchy, which may be attractive to inexperienced college graduates, or other newcomers to the consulting industry.

    Cons

    Employees are always hunting for stability and job security; at least an extra ten to fifteen uncompensated hours each week is expected, otherwise one is not considered a "team player."

    Most employees work at client sites, deal with client concerns, and generate income for the firm. Many employees work in McLean offices and write proposals without truly understanding client service. To attain a position as a proposal writer, you should be young, female, and attractive. Proposal writers are always employed, despite not generating revenue for the firm. Proposal writers are usually promoted faster because they have more exposure to the corporate mothership.

    Benefit package deteriorated shortly after the firm went public. Employees lost two vacation days/year, and the once-generous automatic 10% 401K contribution (a key reason many took a position despite shrinking salaries) dropped to a maximum of 6% matching contribution.

    There is an ongoing purge within the firm, and very talented personnel are being cut or encouraged to resign because they are considered too expensive. Many talented personnel are leaving the firm in droves, and the place is hemorrhaging talent. This is a short-term gain for the shareholders, but does irreparable damage to the long-term sustainability of the firm's once excellent reputation. Expect to be released from the firm once your bill rate increases beyond what the Carlyle Group determines is too expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your employees.

    Promote staff based on performance and competence, instead of loyalty or friendship.

    Visit the client site once in a while and actually do the work that you are tasking your people with.

    Stop attempting to undermine other firms in order to capture market share. Instead, do solid work and clients will come to you.

    Stop selling "solutions" for client problems that do not exist. Instead, solve client problems by being true consultants and developing what the clients truly want or need.

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