Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated 25 January 2015
Updated 25 January 2015
2,283 Reviews
3.3
2,283 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 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great colleagues, mediocre management, underwhelming salary

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding colleagues, "jerks need not apply" approach to hiring, interesting work and many training opportunities

    Cons

    management by "boys club" of favorites and pets rather than by most qualified, best people managers; opaque salary discussions; slow promotion for those not among favorites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. stop protecting managers who have violated ethics rules, who have multiple harassment complaints/incidents behind them, who reward staff based on their appearance rather than their competence
    2. clearly define merit increases, pay relative to the industry

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Really dependent on your team, but my experience was excellent - great team and good infrastructure.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    It really depends on your team, but I had a great team of people. We worked fairly independently of the rest of Booz Allen - almost like a startup within a bigger company where we had ample resources, but freedom to work on our own projects.

    Cons

    As a big company, you need to be where they need you to be. If you don't like it, it could be quite difficult to change your position, team, project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider employees' feelings and desires more and match them to what they want to work on. This will lead to more effective work and better retention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    100 Years of Super Coolness

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

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

    Pros

    As a whole, Booz Allen is a fantastic place to work. 100 years old, committed to community service, diversity, and keeping it's superb reputation intact. Large enough a company that you can transfer internally without loosing tenure, opportunities to get certifications and continue your education are other nice factors. For the most part, you are surrounded by hard-working smart people, and you can count on the assessment system to eventually weed out the shirkers.

    Cons

    Some of the mid-level job managers or career managers are short-sighted, and operate within a cone of halo effect/bias. Out new health benefits are expensive - but probably still on par with market. Just hard to lose what we had before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider peer pulse checks throughout the year for mid-level management to make sure they are not giving lip service to leadership values, and actually supporting staff as leaders and not managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Pretty Good But Not Great

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Booz Allen was a great company for the most part. They encouraged corporate training opportunities, there were lots of networking opportunities, and there were usually enough projects available to stay billable to a client.

    Cons

    While I was at Booz Allen, it was obviously a company in transition. After expanding perhaps too much, the company was unable to maintain all of its employees, and began enforcing stricter rules regarding being "on the beach" and not billable to a client project. Sometimes managers were unable or unwilling to help place their folks on projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your people -- this was one of the most important aspects of Booz Allen that should not go away. The 360 Review was sometimes a bit cumbersome or opaque, but overall I think the rigor was worth it. Continue with some sort of detailed review process similar to this.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Good People with a lot of experience

    Cons

    Expensive cost structure for clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  8.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good Work Life Balance and Fun

    Cons

    Not many to speak of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep in touch with subordinates

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Good place to work when young

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

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

    Pros

    Skills and abilities are tested and developed early on.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Booz Allen had been a professional, challenging experience with great development opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Analyst in Annapolis Junction, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Network Analyst in Annapolis Junction, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Good management, Team work, Growth opportunities

    Cons

    Benefits just standard
    Compensation is middle of industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lower standards or benefits to stay competitive, it just makes you mediocre

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Good company

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Good company, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    None. Company is high quality.

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