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"Great flexibility and overall great place to work"

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Current Employee - Staff Technologist in McLean, VA
Current Employee - Staff Technologist in McLean, VA
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I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Allowed to work from home, different offices, choose your own hours. You have the ability to move around within the firm to a variety of projects which can suit your needs better as well.

Cons

A lot of management and overhead. There are usually as many if not more management on a project than people creating deliverables, and that doesn't even include senior management. On the plus side though they generally do not micromanage.

Advice to Management

Cut out even more of the management in projects.

Other Employee Reviews for Booz Allen Hamilton

  1. "I have worked at Booz Allen for three years and had great opportunity to engage in internal capability development."

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    People are very high quality and the firm has great flexible working arrangements.

    Cons

    A lot of changes over the last couple of years have resulted in the firm no longer being able to carry people on non-client work.

    Advice to Management

    Be frank with employees about their "fit" at Booz Allen.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "A once-proud firm on its way to becoming an also-ran contracting house."

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    Current Employee - Associate in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Associate in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Booz Allen has contacts everywhere. If you're looking for qualifications for a certain project or introduction to a government organization, you'll find a contact easily.
    There are lots of ways to keep in contact with colleagues. For example, one can search employee profiles on the intranet and have conversations on just about any topic on Yammer.
    Corporate parties are well-funded and well-planned.
    The company seems to be amenable to flexible work arrangements.
    The firm carried all its employees during the government shutdown. A welcome gesture when other contractors were being released for lack of funds.

    Cons

    Everything shuts down for a month at the end of the fiscal year. It becomes frustrating when one has an active, funded contract but can't purchase, travel, or charge time because the company has to spend four weeks reconfiguring its accounting system.
    Speaking of accounting systems, nothing propagates automatically between systems. This means there is a relatively high probability of someone somewhere along the line fat-fingering your numbers. It also takes a long time to go from establishing a project to actually being able to work on it.
    I work in the Booz Allen Hamilton Engineering Services ... entity. Long story short, we were a division of another company, which Booz Allen acquired. They decided to keep us a separate entity, because Booz Allen isn't set up to do engineering work. However, this means we neither operate as a separate company nor operate as part of the Firm. So, for example, we have to run through two separate approval chains for everything - not conducive to fast-paced engineering work. It is also ambiguous who has control over what funds, who is managing what project, etc., which leads to infighting instead of cooperation.
    The firm is so proud of carrying its employees through the shutdown. However, with employees expected to work 10+ hours of unpaid overtime every week, that seems like the very least it could do.
    Finally, the firm is much too risk-averse. It encourages innovation, as long as the innovation doesn't threaten established processes or require purchasing anything. They're so afraid of their name appearing on the news that any novel project will be rejected at the highest levels of management.

    Advice to Management

    Either spin off Engineering Services into a completely separate company, or fully absorb it. Get your corporate systems more automated and interoperable. Take more risks or risk becoming an also-ran contractor.

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