Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
2,411 Reviews

3.3
2,411 Reviews
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Booz Allen Hamilton Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Shrader
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is generally pretty good but also depends on the client you support (in 283 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 99 reviews)


Cons
  • Lots of relatively large changes over the past two years have impacted benefits and work-life balance (in 103 reviews)

  • lack of work opportunities for personal growth and promotion, too many staffing levels (in 44 reviews)

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Employee 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    BAH cares about it's personnel and works diligently to increase market share and keep it's employees engaged.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - EOD Analyst  in  Colorado Springs, CO (US)
    Current Employee - EOD Analyst in Colorado Springs, CO (US)

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunities to continue serving your country post-military.

    Cons

    Opportunities are restricted to geographic locations around military installations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BAH upper management are pseudo-military. More time and energy is wasted on sexual harassment training than on core competency training IOT give the appearance of walking in lock-step with DOD.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great for growth, requires your contribution to keep it moving

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Senior Associate  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Senior Associate in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues, collaborative and knowledge sharing, but don't expect to sit back and have it handed to you - you have to put your time and effort into getting the most out of the company. When you articulate what you want and where you want to go, and develop a plan with your manager and team, then there is lots of support and opportunity. If you sit back and expect it to just happen, it won't happen.

    Cons

    The environment and operating model changes ever so slightly and sometimes vastly each year - you have to be flexible and adaptable to these changes and make them work for you. If you want your own work area to hang your pictures and talk around the water cooler, might not be the place - very transient, at the customer site, or at various offices to make things happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go onsite more often - experience what the team experiences. Don't wait to be invited, just take it in for what it is to the person with boots on the ground.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company to work for, great work life balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA (US)

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Booz is a great place to work. Lots of flexibility as far as opportunities and work life balance. Great first job. They are always looking at ways to improve upon the way that they operate as an organization and put their employees first. They really understand that without its consultants they would not be able to achieve the amount of success it has and it shows. Tons of training opportunities although that time doesn't count towards your billable hours so you have to be careful not dig yourself into a hole you can't get out of.

    Cons

    It is easy to get "lost" but this really depends on your management team and your ability to network. The company is large and sometimes inexperience can hurt you. In some situations you may be without a project and though there are some available, you are not qualified enough for the position. It's not always easy to cross markets once you start out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure those in charge of the daily operations of employees, Lead Associates and above, actually care about the wellness and livelihood of those that report to them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    After two years, I still like my job!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Aberdeen, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in Aberdeen, MD (US)

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    BAH encourages their employees to learn and to work with others to complete projects. One of the big pushes is networking. We have meetings, lunches, discussions and presentations available on a regular basis to help network, meet other employees, and/or learn more on a topic or a BAH offering.

    Cons

    Working on proposals for new work or to continue current work can be time heavy and exhausting. I've worked multiple weeks of 12-14+ hour days on this type of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge a broader spectrum of employees for projects. It seems that many people do the work for the success, but the same few get noticed all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Young talent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Growth opportunities if you actively seek them out and keep that in mind when projects are being offered.

    Cons

    Low compensation, and not much focus on retaining and developing young talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on retaining young talent and not just throwing people into projects just so they are billable.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Learned a lot about life and business (aside from IT Consulting)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very prestigious company with (formerly) incredible benefits. Opportunity to learn a lot about life and business through osmosis alone.

    Cons

    Bought by Carlyle in '08 (private equity firm), as well as its adaptation to current economic times, is starting to make BAH just another firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to get BAH back to its roots pre-Carlyle (as much as feasible in these times). Find a way to keep talent around during challenging times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great! Entry Level Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Herndon, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA (US)

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Knowledgeable people, very fast pace work, everyone is proficient and above, volunteer work

    Cons

    pay raises, promotions, closing offices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on employee than stock holders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Professional Firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Strategic Communications  in  Honolulu, HI (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Strategic Communications in Honolulu, HI (US)

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Booz Allen Hamilton has a very great benefits package for all of their employees. They understand that personal situations happen and have a wonderful amount of flexibility for most of the work.

    Cons

    The firm is growing quickly and this is a positive sign, although that brings with it extra work to do. Nothing else that can be considered a 'con'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great, smart people to work with; challenging assignments that will push you to grow; lots of opportunity if you know where to look and who to talk to. Fair pay and benefits, and leadership generally tries to listen to employees but may take awhile to take action. Very open to telework and high employee autonomy as long as you get the work done. New career tracks offer more opportunity for technical and functional experts to reach upper leadership levels. In general, the company has come through the government market decline in good form without having to lay off a ton of employees.

    Cons

    Highly political and hierarchical, especially on the corporate side. Lots of change that can be hard for some employees to handle. Promotions more based on who you know than what you do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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