Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated 23 April 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is generally pretty good but also depends on the client you support (in 295 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 106 reviews)

Cons
  • The Work Life Balance that it promises is often not the reality (in 114 reviews)

  • It is not uncommon for a person to be hired and then let go in a few months for "lack of work" (in 49 reviews)

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  1. Work experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Nice enough place to work

    Cons

    You need to know how to play politics

  2. Good place to learn the ropes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Methodology
    Good work environment
    Good work/life balance
    Quality work for junior employees

    Cons

    Promotions are dictated by needs rather than merit, which causes people to leave for better jobs
    There is definitely a Booz culture, which can be chafing at times
    It's all about the team you are on. You can have the best or the wort experience, but won't know it until you get on the team.

    Advice to Management

    Be straight with promotions. If there aren't positions to promote to, let the employees know because they will find out either way. A lot of people will leave and come back because that is the DC way, so maybe find out how to keep the talent and develop better within.

  3. Senior Consultant- Client Side

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Seems to be a disconnect being client side. It sometimes feels like we can be "forgotten" with some of the Booz Allen initiatives.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your client side employees more. I see my manager about once every 3 months, and any complaints I have are forgotten about by the time I see her again.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Consultant

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Rockville, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Rockville, MD (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You can work from home, meet so many people, so many opportunities and experiences !

    Cons

    Health Insurance options are not that great.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Lead technologist

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    Current Employee - Lead Technologist in Herndon, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Technologist in Herndon, VA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. Good people

    Cons

    It seems to be a normal thing where sometimes it takes forever for people to reply to emails. I've never really experienced it this bad before until I arrived at BAH

  7. Associate

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    Current Employee - Associate in Annapolis, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in Annapolis, MD (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The firm is friendly, provides good pay, works with employees and pays for training. They work hard to retain there work force and are cutting edge on inovation and technology.

    Cons

    After company went public the culture changed and pay as benifit strategy changed to match wallstreet. They promote mobility, but do not aware aoutlying locations for hiring in house.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more mobility in the firm and increase retirement benifits to retain the best talent. Reward your Hiring Manages and Senior Associates for hiring internally to promote loyalty and retention.

  8. IT Consultant

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in McLean, VA (US)
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in McLean, VA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company, awesome culture and great teams

    Cons

    Pay and business development mandated activities get a little tiresome.

    Advice to Management

    less time focusing on utilization is a drag.

  9. Senior Consultant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    high talent; great mentorship; flexibility

    Cons

    low salary; lack of commercial opportunities

  10. Helpful (29)

    Preponderance of client work is nothing like the projects the leadership thinks the firm is doing.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generally speaking, Booz is still the premier government contracting firm. The firm has a lot of highly talented and motivated people, and they do a wide variety of work for a wide variety of clients. Compensation is mostly competitive, and there is marginally more stability working for Booz than other firms.

    Cons

    Corporate culture has changed dramatically in the past five years, and by all indications the firm is repositioning itself to be a data sciences firm, NOT a consulting company. If you truly want to be a consultant, you should look somewhere else, because the firm is not focused on its traditional management consulting. Changes to corporate structure have all been targeted towards improving the bottom line, and employee development and the opportunities to do different types of work for different types of clients have decreased dramatically. Changes have also put significantly more burden on the employee to manage their own careers, with no clear advocates or mentors, and very little way to find or connect to opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe becoming a data sciences and other high-end analytics firm is the way to compete in the market of the future, but most of the people who work for you know don't have the skills or the interest in doing that kind of work. The experiences and projects highlighted in firm marketing materials are so far removed from the experience of the average employee stuck on client site. Communications about the direction of the firm and the reasons behind strategic acquisitions are opaque and unhelpful. Employees feel like they have suddenly discovered they are in a totally foreign land, and have no idea how they got there, or where all the people they know have gone.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Love working at this company!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People, Process, Technology and Ethics all an A+ here.

    Cons

    Con for Sales people is their is no commission and a lot of Politics.

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