Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated 29 October 2014
Updated 29 October 2014
2,195 Reviews
3.3
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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 294 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 105 reviews)


Cons
  • The Work Life Balance that it promises is often not the reality (in 112 reviews)

  • It is not uncommon for a person to be hired and then let go in a few months for "lack of work" (in 47 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. 18 people found this helpful  

    Working for Booz PRE-Carlyle Buy-Out

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

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

    Pros

    You felt like you were one of the elite; working for one of the best companies in the market, a company that was very selective about who it hired. The compensation was fair. The benefits were awesome - especially the 401K and training. Leadership knew you and you knew leadership. Career development was the mantra for taking care of staff. The annual assessments were constructive and critical; there might be some hard pills to swallow in the debrief but the information was typically spot-on and was meant to help you grow as a professional.

    Cons

    Seemed as if climbing the ladder above Senior Associate required someone to retire, die, and/or have testicles - and it required breakfast, lunch, and dinner meetings on a regular basis to "socialize" your career progression. Many of the social events included drinking or golf - what if you didn't like those? They did have a part time track for work-life balance, but that usually meant earning 75% of your prior pay for the ability to answer emails and requests from home and your workload didn't seem to diminish. I fault the very senior leadership for selling out to Carlyle and ruining what had been a great company. Principals and Senior Associates asked if they could buy company stock to help raise money for the "Booz & Company" folks who wanted out of Booz Allen Hamilton and we were told NO. Bad decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From what I hear, Booz is now just another Beltway Bandit. P&L are taking precedence over quality deliver and quality staff care because the "P" is expected to be much larger than it had been in the past. To regain the reputation of old, refocus on staff care and quality delivery. Lose the multiple layers of management and "bean counting" that takes staff away from client delivery.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 21 people found this helpful  

    Once great company that has lost its way - be careful about coming here

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company's reputation, based on past, still looks good on a resume; but that is changing, so if you are joining Booz for that reason, realize that it is a wasting resource.

    Cons

    Top level management has no idea what business the company is really in; Chairman talks about how we do top level management consulting when all most of us provide government, fill the seat jobs - including low end jobs like help desk. Lower level management is completely driven by thin indirect budgets. It is not uncommon for a person to be hired and then let go in a few months for "lack of work". Turnover is very high and job security is essentially zero. Health benefits in 2015 are now on the chopping block..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Booz has a become a weaker, paler imitation of an aerospace company, but without the strengths of an aerospace company. The whole strategy appears to be cost cutting - hard to reconcile in a company which used to justify its rates based on quality. And, of course, our clients and competitors see this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting work, requires internal networking for follow-on work

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for variety in work. Work with smart people and interesting projects. On the job training for skills and paid training for certifications. If your current project ends, management works with you to find other projects.

    Cons

    Sometimes work isn't ideal based on your skills and interests, depending on available projects. Networking internally nets more work but is often difficult due to team silos and client side work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    It was great.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Access to information was fantastic..

    Cons

    Reciprocal Intelligence issues were a challenge..

  7.  

    Great company with lots of options and a superior culture.

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Project opportunities are very diverse.
    Great career mentors and team atmosphere (depending on what team and market you are in)
    Ability to change work location/travel

    Cons

    Mostly client site work
    Entry level pay is low
    Potential for competition for work/contracts depending on the team/market
    Loss of job if no billable work within a certain amount of time (i.e. don't be "on the beach" for too long)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward hard working young talent, or risk losing them to other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Open and innovative Internship program, but lacked face time with employees and client.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Level III Research Intern in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Level III Research Intern in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    They are working on really interesting technology. As an intern, I had the opportunity to work on an interesting project that dealt with cloud and data analytics. A lot of the employees there are extremely smart and helpful. Just make sure to reach out to them.

    Cons

    I didn't like the hoteling office set up. Did not feel like I was working in a collaborative environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for interns to work hand-in-hand with full-time employees, and allow more face time with clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Love

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer Associate in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer Associate in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Money is really good good

    Cons

    Hours are really bad bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great employer, reacting to recent market changes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Annapolis Junction, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Associate in Annapolis Junction, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Booz Allen has been a terrific company to work for. Lots of opportunity, good management and great benefits.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, since splitting off the commercial side and focusing exclusively on government contracting they've been under pressure to offer benefits that are 'comparable' to other government contractors, resulting in unfortunate cultural and benefits changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to being the Booz Allen of about 4 years ago. We were uniquely principled in advising the client and had amazing talent. In the quest to grow, too many incompatible changes were made in order to be competitive. You can't stand out in value by copying other companies.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Enterprise Software Tester

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Software Tester in Scott Air Force Base, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Enterprise Software Tester in Scott Air Force Base, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Large company with many opportunities nationwide.

    Cons

    Losing contracts to small businesses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more contracts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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